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The top ten films will screen as part of the Asian American International Film Festival!  The top 50 will be featured on Film Lab’s online AAFL TV channel and a select few will be televised across the country on Film Lab Presents.

The Top Ten team captains will also receive a submission waiver for their Shootout films to the 2022 Slamdance Film Festival, which runs May – October!


The Grand Prize Winner will receive a special group script consultation with ScriptHop and the other top ten filmmakers, a special group mentorship award with Daniel Sakaya, President of CrossingsTV, and a swag bundle from The Cre8sian Project, screen their film at the Asian American International Film Festival, have their film televised across the country as part of the Film Lab’s TV series, Film Lab Presents, and get YouTube love on the Film Lab’s AAFL TV channel. They’ll also enjoy two all-access passes to the 2022 Slamdance Film Festival ($700 Value), Backstage casting codes, valued at $350 each, and Final Draft 12 Software ($250 value).

Best Actor and Actress Winners will Receive An Intro to ABC’s Director of Casting, VIP show tickets AND a FREE self-taped audition session at FOU Studios!

Winners of the Best Actor and Actress will get a session – virtual or in person, at ABC’s discretion – with ABC’s Executive Director of Primetime Casting!

The Best Actor and Actress will also each one a FREE Self-Tape Audition Session from FOU Studios in New York City, as well as a $300 Value package of 4 VIP Tickets to BATSU (NYC’s live Japanese game show experience, named “Critics Pick” -Time Out NY, “Voice Choice”-Village Voice, “One of the Best Things To Do In NYC”-CBS), The New York City Improv Face Off (competitive improv game show in Times Square, NYC). LA-based winners – or winners who can get themselves to LA! – will also receive a FREE headshot session from KTP Production Studios!

The Winner of Best Editing Will Win A One-On-One Mentorship Award from John Tintori, Chair of NYU’s Graduate Film Program

John Tintori has edited over a dozen feature length films, including EIGHT MEN OUT directed by John Sayles’ TRUE LOVE’ and DOGFIGHT, directed by Nancy Savoca, and MISTER WONDERFUL, directed by Anthony Minghella. In addition to his feature credits, John has edited numerous TV commercials, music videos, and short films, including TREVOR, which won the Oscar for Best Dramatic Short Film in 1995. Some of his other  credits include: Associate Editor on THE BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET, Script Supervisor on MATEWAN, Key Grip on LIQUID SKY, and Editor on DAVID BLAINE: FROZEN IN TIME for ABC. 

John has written several screenplays, including WISE CHILD and MURDER MOST FOUL for Columbia Pictures, and INTERSTATE for HBO, which was based on the novel by Stephen Dixon. He co-directed, with Mary Cybulski, HELLCAB, an independent feature film starring John Cusack, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, and Gillian Anderson.

John is a member of the Director’s Guild of America, the Writer’s Guild of America, and the IATSE. He has been a member of the Tisch/Kanbar faculty since 1997. John has served as Chair of the Graduate Film Program at NYU since 2005, and was Chair of the Graduate Film Program at TischAsia in Singapore during its inaugural year of 2007/8. Joining forces with his colleagues in the Stern School of Business, John and Professor Sam Craig created the Dual MBA/MFA Degree in Producing, which accepted its first class in September 2008.

OUTSTANDING LGBTQ CONTENT CREATOR – the Outstanding LGBTQ Content Creator will receive a free headshot session with KTP Production Studios ($350 value), a Backstage Annual performer membership ($150 value) and a special mentorship with Anthony Meindl (bio on judge’s page).

OUTSTANDING FEMALE CONTENT CREATOR – Outstanding Female Content Creator will receive a $250 cash prize, donated by The Cre8sian Project. She will also get a special feature in The Cre8sian blog about her 72 Hour Shootout film! She will also win a NYWIFT membership and get a Backstage Performer Annual membership ($150 value)!

The Winners Of Best Cinematography, Best Directing and Most Original Use of Theme Will Win A Mentorship Award from Filmmaker Eric Lau!

Eric Lau is an alumnus of NYU’s prestigious Graduate Film Program. He has worked in the film industry for 35 years. His films, Nightwatchman and Ragged Edge, won the Best Narrative Film Award in the 1981 and 1984 Hong Kong Independent Film Festivals as well as Best Production, Best Editing, and Best Cinematography Awards in the 1984 First Run Film Festival.  Lau has been a cinematographer for many commercials and feature films. In 2007, he directed and produced Elevator Weekend which won the Official Selection category for both the Staten Island Film Festival and Long Island International Film Festival. He has produced and directed international TV commercials for Snapple, Toyota, China Unicom, and Blue Man Group among others, and garnered numerous awards including the Telly Award and the Gold and Silver Awards for the Taiwanese Annual TV Advertisement Awards. His work with AARP TV for NBC’s TODAY SHOW: Your Life Calling Today with Jane Pauley won the 2011 Cine Golden Eagle Award. Eric has worked on news and documentaries for most major networks in the world such as BBC, CBS, NHK, ZDF, CCTV, 60 Minutes, etc. He has been a distinguished guest lecturer at numerous universities and film festivals including Tribeca Film Festival on behalf of APPLE on film and video production, lighting, and cinematography. Lau has been invited to be a jury member at numerous international film festivals including the Brooklyn International Film Festival, CBGB Film Festival, Asian American International Film Festival and Durban International Film Festival in South Africa among others. He was also an Adjunct Professor for Video Production courses at Brooklyn College.  For the past 29 years, Lau has been President of Solar Film/Video Productions, a full service production company in NYC. It has worked with internationally acclaimed films such as American Psycho and Y Tu Mamá También. He has also worked with filmmakers Ang Lee, Spike Lee, Alfonso Cuarón, Ernest Dickerson, John Turturro, Peter Bogdanovich, Mary Harron, James Toback, and Joel Schumacher.  Since 2009, Eric has been conducting Light and Shadow Filmmaking Workshop, focusing on independent filmmaking. It emphasizes on creative and effective hands-on techniques for small budget projects without sacrificing quality. It covers important film process including screenwriting, camera, lighting to directing and editing. For more  workshop info, visit:  For more information about Eric and Solar, please visit Eric Lau’s website at

The Winner Of Most Original Use of Theme Will Win A Mentorship Award from Shootout Judge Ernest Abuba!

Ernest Abuba is the proud recipient of an Obie, a Rockefeller Playwright Residency, five New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Grants for Playwriting and Directing, and a Creative Artists Public Service (CAPS) Grant. Plays he has written include Kwatz! The Tibetan Project, Eat A Bowl of Tea, An American Story, The Dowager, Dojoji:The Man Inside The Bell, Cambodia Agonistes, Papa-Boy, Nightstalker, Lier Rex, and co-created Bauldelaire: La Mort, and performed title roles in five Broadway shows. He is one of the founding Board of Directors of Pan Asian Repertory.

The Top Ten Filmmakers Will Receive a Special Group Mentorship Session from Daniel Sakaya, President of CrossingsTV, and a Group Script Marketing Session with the Founders of ScriptHop!

Daniel Sakaya currently serves as the President/COO of Crossings TV. With a background in marketing strategy, business development, and entrepreneurship, his experiences include various start-up launches, corporate re-structuring initiatives, partnership management and development, and brand equity and awareness building through both strategic and grassroots approaches. Mr. Sakaya is a graduate from the University of Florida and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

ScriptHop is the world’s first interactive screenplay marketing program! Learn more here!

The Winner of Best Screenwriting Will Win A One-On-One Mentorship Award from ScriptHop, Judge Ernest Abuba, AND Award-Winning Writer Cheryl Davis, along with a Screenwriting Class with Eric Lau (Valued at $100), a free Write Your Screenplay class at Jacob Krueger Studio ($375 value) 

ScriptHop is the world’s first interactive screenplay marketing program! Learn more here!

Ernest Abuba is a 72 Hour Shootout judge and acclaimed artist! Read more about him on the Judge’s profile page! Cheryl L. Davis, in-house counsel for the Author’s Guild, received a WGA Award and a Daytime Emmy nomination for her work on As the World Turns. She writes for Law & Order: SVU and received the Kleban Award (as a librettist) for her musical “Barnstormer,” about Bessie Coleman, the first Black woman flyer. Read more about her on our homepage – scroll down to the bottom to “Who We Are.”

More Fun Prizes:

Best Editor – VIP Prize Package for 2 to – ($150 value) plus a free Super Film Fan Package to the San Diego Asian Film Festival ($590 Value)

Best Cinematographer – VIP Prize Package for 2 to – ($150 value) and Backstage casting codes ($350 value)

Most Original Use of Theme – an all-access pass to the 2022 Slamdance Film Festival ($350 value), Final Draft 12 Software ($250 value), and a One on One Mentoring Session with Shootout Judge Ernest Abuba!

Best Director – Backstage casting codes ($350 value) and an all-access pass to the 2022 Slamdance Film Festival ($350 value).


Awards must be physically claimed by the award winner or his/her representative (that can be a friend, family member, fellow filmmaker, etc.) at the Shootout World Premiere Awards Ceremony and After Party in New York City (free to attend for registered competitors).   


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