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.

The Grand Prize Winner will win a free entry to the famous Asian Pacific Film Festival in Los Angeles.


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 One on One Mentorships from NBC's Jandiz Cordoso!

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 Top Ten Filmmakers will Receive a One on One Mentorship Award from Daniel Sakaya, President of CrossingsTV

Mr. Sakaya will be offering a special one on one mentorship session to the top ten filmmakers to discuss television distribution, as well as creative and entrepreneurial marketing using innovative strategic approaches to problem-solving in the world of television.

The Top Ten Filmmakers will Receive a One on One Mentorship Award from Shootout Judge Michelle K. Sugihara

Michelle K. Sugihara is the Executive Director of CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment). She is also an entertainment attorney, film producer, and adjunct professor for the Claremont Colleges’ Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies. She is the Co-Chair of the Multicultural Bar Alliance of Southern California, VP of Development and founding member of the Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theater, Director of Community Relations and founding member of the Japanese American National Museum’s New Leadership Advisory Council, and a member of PBS-Southern California Asian Pacific Islander Community Council. She is also an ensemble member of Cold Tofu, the nation's premiere Asian American comedy improv and sketch group. 

The Most Original Use of Theme Winner will Receive a One on One Mentorship from Shootout Judge Girard Tecson

Girard Tecson is an award winning Filipino filmmaker and the founder of Dayside Productions. He is recognized for his work on various short films and web videos that he wrote and directed, which were screened in various film festivals like Cannes International Film Festival. His team most recently won the Grand Prize at the 2016 72 Hour Shootout. He graduated from CUNY Hunter College with a BA in Media Studies, and he is currently pursuing his MFA graduate degree in Integrated Media Arts there as well.

CASH and Other Fun Tangibles



Sponsored by Edwin Wong

One on One Mentorship Award with award winning Director Aaron Woolfolk



Sponsored by Bridging Cultures 101


Best Actor and Actress will each recieve a VIP Party Package for 4 from Face Off Unlimited to the infamous award-winning dinner comedy show BATSU!  The packages include everything from carafes of sake to fashionable headbands...oh, just wait!  This is one of the most fun prizes ever!


4 tickets to the new show Pillow Fight (an all girl improv comedy pajama party) 


4 tickets to the new show The BATSU! Laughter Party (stand up comedy with some FOU stank on it) 


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.