Film Lab's 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition Informational and Networking Event Feb. 26 

 You are invited to the Film Lab's "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the 72 Hour Shootout" networking event!  The annual 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition 2018 registration opens March 1st online atwww.film-lab.org! Past judges include the Executive Director of Casting for ABC Primetime and mentorships were given out to filmmakers by executives at ABC and NBC and much more! This is your opportunity to get your work out there, be seen and smash in some glass ceilings!  Intrigued and want to know more? Come to a special hour-long Q&A with the Film Lab team to learn more about the Shootout and ask all your questions on Monday, Feb. 26th!  Afterwards, network and create your own Shootout team!!

When: 6:30 – 7:30pm, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018

Where: CUNY, 25 W. 43 Street, #1001, New York, NY 10036

Actors are welcome to bring headshots and resumes for the filmmakers and to network. Please bring multiple copies.

RSVP: Please follow this ticket link to register for 50 percent off. SAG-AFTRA members must bring a valid SAG-AFTRA membership card for entry.


Questions? Visit www.film-lab.orgwww.Facebook.com/AsAmFilmLab or https://twitter.com/asamfilmlab (use #72HrSO). More information can be found at www.film-lab.org

The Events of the 2017 72 Hour Shootout!

We want you to empoweryourselves and put your best foot forward so we're here to help you every step of the way from filmmaking how-to's to Q&A's to networking events to help you build your team!  The events do take place in New York City so a lot of you won't be able to attend in person but never fear!  We'll have live stream of every event possible so, if you have an internet connection, you can join in from anywhere in the world.  You can also network online on the Film Lab Facebook Shootout Page at https://www.facebook.com/72hrshootout!

We will also have written materials and online pages for you to use, learn from and network on.  Subscribe to AAFL TV for the recorded versions.  All events are FREE for REGISTERED Shootout competitors!  

Remember: the Shootout is about taking control of your own career so attend the events!  Use the Facebook page!  Watch the tutorials on AAFL TV! And now...the events of the 2017 Shootout:

Rising Up Angry: Filmmaking for Social Justice

Featuring Award Winning Filmmaker Tami Gold

Feb. 21, 6:30-8pm

AAARI-CUNY, 25 W. 43 Street

AAFL welcomes Filmaker, Educator and Artist Tami Gold for our first Shootout Industry Spotlight of 2017, Rising Up Angry: Filmmaking for Social Justice.  Tami will share clips and stories from two films: Every Mother's Son, about three women who lose their sons to police violence and unite for justice and change, and Puzzles, about a hate crime in a gay bar in Massachusetts and the correlation between American economic desperation and homophobia, intolerance, and, ultimately, violence.  Industry Spotlight Coordinator Renee Lasher will be moderating!  RSVP and more info here. [https://www.eventbrite.com/e/filmmaking-how-to-featuring-award-winning-filmmaker-tami-gold-tickets-31294644123]

Missed it or not in NY?  Watch a filmmaking how to on AAFL TV here.

March 1, 2017

Early Bird Registration Opens for the 2017 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition!  

Online at www.film-lab.org

The Ultimate 72 Hour Shootout Primer at Time Warner in Columbus Circle

March 15, 2017

6:30-8pm EST 

One Columbus Circle, NYC

Join the Film Lab and your fellow filmmakers to learn more about the 72 Hour Shootout competition.  See some of last year's winning films and hear previous participants discuss their experience.  After the screening and panel discussion, there will be a chance to meet other filmmakers and possibly build your team, as well as onsite registration.  RSVP here. [ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-ultimate-72-hour-shootout-primer-tickets-31463010712]


TECHNICAL questions and equipment how-to's are also of great interest to most filmmakers!  Subscribe for free to AAFL TV for many how to's and informationals.  For example:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shootout-filmmaking-how-to-workshop-standout-in-the-shootout-a-2-hour-skills-workshop-to-build-a-tickets-15383590734.

Not in NY?  Submit your questions to the Shootout Coordinator via the Facebook Fan Page using @asamfilmlab and #72HrSO.  Watch a tutorial here.

Industry Spotlight:  The Opposite of a Fairy Tale 

A Screening & Networking Event

April 17, 2017

6:30-8:30pm EST and live on the web 

Industry Spotlight Coordinator Renee Lasher will be moderating a special presentation of the Film Lab production arm, AAFL TV's film The Opposite of a Fairy Tale!  Come network with fellow filmmakers and actors and learn more about AAFL TV's work to effectuate positive and constructive social change through original content TV and film.  The screening will be followed by a Q & A with the filmmaker on how she did it and how you can translate those skills to use in your Shootout films.  Plus, network with other filmmakers and build your Shootout team! RSVP here 

Industry Spotlight:  Borte, Queen of Tibet

A Journey Into Mental Illness

A Screening & Networking Event

May 1, 2017

7:00-9:00 pm EST and live on the web

Industry Spotlight Coordinator Renee Lasher will be moderating a special screening themed for Mental Health Awareness Month and focusing on an award-winning film by Jodi Lin.  Jodi was committed to a mental hospital against her will, made a full recovery and then created a film about the experience.  Come see this raw story of courage and heart, followed by a Q & A with the filmmaker on how she did it and how you can translate those skills to use in your Shootout films.  Plus, network with filmmakers and build your Shootout team!  RSVP here


June 1, 2017

6:30-8:00pm EST

It's time!  Join us live or online from anywhere on the globe you happen to be creating your Shootout film!  At 8pm EST, hear the previously TOP SECRET THEME of the 2017 72 Hour Shootout, the theme upon which all the films must be based.  As soon as the theme is announced, the clock started ticking and filmmakers have 72 hours within which to complete their short film. Registered competitors are FREE.  All others, including non-registered team members, must get a ticket!  There will be prizes, drinks, food, music, and much more!  RSVP here for the live event or join us online from anywhere in the world with wifi!

Live comment and tweet your team's progress on the Facebook Fan Page or @asamfilmlab using #72HrSO and 

To LIVE STREAM the events from anywhere in the world: check Twitter @asamfilmlab for the link.  **All events except festival screenings are FREE for Registered Competitors**

Use #72HrSO and #StandTogether on Twitter 

  RSVP here


The 40th Annual Asian American International Film Festival in NYC

July 29, 2017, 1:30PM EST (please arrive by 1pm)


Village East Cinema

189 2nd Ave, NYC

25% off for Film Lab members:  Code "AAFLaaiff40"

RSVP here for the premiere screening ONLY

Tickets for the Awards Ceremony & Wrap Party, featuring swag, red carpets and shiny statues, available here!

For theatre information, please call (212) 989-1422.  Followed by:


Gossip Bar NYC Party Room, 733 9th Ave., NYC

July 29, 2017, at 7pm EST

The TOP TEN films and the individual award winning films of the 2017 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition lget to claim their prizes and share their stories with fellow filmmakers.  This party is for all 2017 registered Shootout competitors, whether you made top ten or not.  Come, network and celebrate.  Our sponsors will have special prizes and treats throughout the evening for you!

Time Warner Shootout Screening

September 13, 2017

Time Warner will again screen specially selected films from the 2017 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition at their beautiful theatre in Columbus Circle!  Join us live in NYC or, via livestream, from anywhere in the world.  This special screening will include a panel with Shootout judge Marci Phillips, the Executive Director of Casting for ABC Primetime, Film Lab President Jennifer Betit Yen and several of the winning Shootout filmmakers.  RSVP here 


Questions?  Email Renee at IndustrySpotlight@film-lab.org or the Shootout volunteer team at Shootout@film-lab.org