The top ten films will screen at the Asian American International Film Festival and on the television series, Film Lab Presents, in a special May series on CrossingsTV (Time Warner Cable, Xfinity, etc.) and more!  The top 50 will be featured on the online AAFL TV channel.

There are also mentorship, screen test and cash awards.

Sample Awards from Previous Years Included the Following:


The Grand Prize, Best Director and Best Writer Winners will Receive One on One Mentorships from NBC's Grace Moss!

Grace Moss, the Director of Entertainment Diversity Initiatives for NBC, oversees multiple programs that focus on discovering, cultivating and showcasing talented writers, directors and actors of diverse backgrounds, with the objective of getting them staffed on NBC's scripted programs. Specifically, she manages Writers on the Verge, the Emerging Directors Program and the Late Night Writers Workshop.  Before coming to NBC, Grace was the Manager of Development & New Series at the Style Network, where she oversaw new series in production, from initial pitch to delivery. She was instrumental in developing hit shows such as Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane, Ruby, Giuliana & Bill and Jerseylicious.  Grace was also part of the internal Diversity Council and worked with other cable nets to promote initiatives and track diverse talent in front of and behind the camera.  Prior to her stint at the Style Network, Grace worked as a Producer and Director on a plethora of unscripted shows on a variety of networks, including MTV, VH1, TLC and NBC.  Grace has been actively involved with numerous organizations, including Asian Pacific Americans@NBCUniversal, where she serves as a Chapter Leader, and Filipinos in Hollywood, where she acts as the Co-Chair. She was a selected participant in the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Rising Leaders Program in 2012 and the National Association of Multiethnicities in Communications (NAMIC) Leadership Seminar in 2011. She also won Comcast's Ingenuity Award in 2008 for her contributions to the Style Network.  Grace is also a member of the Coalition for Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) and Visual Communications, where she has contributed as a panelist in their annual C3 Conference.  Grace graduated from UCLA with a BA in English and Minor in Asian American Studies. She was the founder of the Pilipino Organization of English Majors (POEM), a Board Member of the campus’ Filipino student organization, Samahang Pilipino, and recipient of the prestigious Royal Morales Prize in Filipino Studies, awarded for the most outstanding undergraduate paper on the subject.  Grace currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and baby boy.

Best Actor and Actress Winners will Receive An Intro to ABC's Director of Casting, One on One Mentorships from NBC's Jandiz Cordoso, VIP show tickets AND a FREE self-taped audition session at FOU Studios!

Jandiz Cardoso has worked on pilots and series with networks including AMC, ABC, CBS, Starz, SpikeTV and MTV, as well as tentpolling films with feature studios including Disney, WB, Paramount, Universal, NewLine and Screen Gems. In 2010, she joined NBCUniversal’s New York casting office, covering all pilots, and serving as Associate on the last season of the Emmy Award Winning series, 30 Rock. In 2013, Jandiz wrote the foreword for  the acclaimed resource book, “Actors Choice: Monologues , Volume 2.”  She was Voted “Backstage Magazine’s” Reader’s Choice Award for Audition Coach of the Year, along with other honors.  Currently directing all in-front-of the camera initiatives for NBCUniversal’s Talent Development & Inclusion Department, Jandiz spearheads fellowships & scholarships with Second City in Chicago and UCB in NY and LA, executive produces the LA & NY Scene Showcase, NBCUniversal Short Film Festival, and Stand-Up NBC, where she awards 2 talented performers  Talent Holding Deals with the network.

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)

The Best Writer Will Win A Mentorship Award from Emmy Nominated Screenwriter Cheryl L. Davis

Ms. Davis will be offering a special one on one mentorship session to discuss television and film writing, as well as creative and entrepreneurial marketing using innovative strategic approaches to problem-solving in the world of television.

The Winner Of Best Cinematography 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 34 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: www.solarnyc.com/workshops  For more information about Eric and Solar, please visit Eric Lau's website at www.solarnyc.com

CASH and Other Fun Tangibles



Sponsored by Edwin Wong

One on One Mentorship Award with NBC's Grace Moss



Sponsored by Bridging Cultures 101


Best Editor will win a $260 Valued Pack 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)


Best Cinematographer will win a $260 Valued Pack 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)


Awards must be claimed at the Shootout World Premiere Awards Ceremony and After Party in New York City (free to attend for registered competitors).  If you cannot attend, simply make sure you email Shootout@film-lab.org within 7 days of the premiere to claim your award.