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The THEME of Shootout 2024 is PRACTICAL DREAMER and all films incorporate the Idealist symbol.

RSVP for the August 3rd Top Ten Premiere here

For the live awards ceremony in NYC and the live screening in Los Angeles, click here for more info and email Francis at!

This year’s Shootout takes place June 6-9!

The top 50 films will be showcased in Film Lab’s TV series Film Lab Presents and the top 100 on AAFL TV

Join the annual 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition and break some glass ceilings!

The 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition (the “Shootout”) is an annual, global filmmaking competition celebrating diversity in front of and behind the camera.  

Teams compete for access to a year of free educational and networking events, mentorships with executives at major networks like ABC, cash, prizes and the chance to have their films screened at film festivals, both nationally and internationally, and on television.  The top 50 films from the Shootout will air across the country on the next season of Film Lab Presents


March 1: Registration opens online at Register early for early bird specials and access to the Spring Filmmaking How-To Workshop Series

March 26, 6 PM – Virtual, RSVP here (free for registered competitors): Whether you’re a newcomer looking for guidance or an experienced filmmaker seeking tips on working within tight deadlines, this webinar is for you. Join Francis Chin, one of this year’s competition coordinators, as he walks you through everything you need to know—from pre-competition preparation to the final hour. You’ll be able to ask questions and exchange insights with past and fellow competitors.

72 Hour Shootout Info Session II

April 22, 7 PM – Virtual, RSVP here (free for registered competitors): Senior Shootout Coordinator Francis Chin will walk you through everything you need to know about the 2024 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition—from pre-competition preparation to the final hour. You’ll be able to ask questions and exchange insights with past and fellow competitors.  RSVP required.

Filmmaker How To Session with the Film Lab

May 20, 7pm – 8pm, online: Welcome to our online event where you can learn all the ins and outs of filmmaking from Francis Chin, the 72 Hour Shootout Coordinator and one of the pros at the Film Lab! Whether you’re a seasoned filmmaker or just starting out, this session is perfect for anyone looking to up their game in the world of film. Join us for tips, tricks, and insider knowledge that will help take your projects to the next level. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from the best in the business!  RSVP here.

The 2024 72 Hour Shootout Launch Party!!!!!!

June 6, 6-8pm EST, live in NYC and virtual anywhere in the world: Join us for food, drinks, swag, the last minute chances to build your Shootout teams, and the announcement of the THEME of the 20th annual 72 Hour Shootout!!!!!!!!!!  RSVP here

72 hours later…: All films are due and Vimeo or retransfer download links must be sent to

July/August: Launch Party for the Asian American International Film Festival. The top ten Shootout films will premiere at the festival. This is a chance to meet other filmmakers and network.

July/August: Special Private Screening & Cocktail Reception in Manhattan for Judges, Sponsors and Top Three Filmmakers.

July/August: The Top Ten Films Premiere at the Asian American International Film Festival.

The top 50 films will be showcased in Film Lab’s award-winning TV series Film Lab Presents in the fall!

Compete from anywhere in the world with WiFi!

The competition creates a valuable opportunity for filmmakers of color – focusing on Asian American filmmakers – and women, as well as other underrepresented groups, to demonstrate their talent, gain exposure in the entertainment industry and impact the visibility of diverse stories and characters in film. One of the Shootout requirements is that at least one key production member (e.g., director, producer or writer) and a principal actor from each team must be of Asian descent.

Past Judges include hip hop icon Russell Simmons, producer Teddy Zee, ABC Primetime Casting Director Marci Phillips and playwright David Henry Hwang, among many others. 

Join us and smash some glass ceilings!  

Email for more info.

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The 72 Hour Shootout is a global filmmaking competition for everyone from novices to established filmmakers. Filmmaking teams are given a common theme at the start of the Shootout (usually 8pm EST, the first Thursday of June) and then have 72 hours to write, shoot, edit, and complete short films up to five minutes in length.

For two decades, the Film Lab and the Shootout have provided a platform for faces, voices and stories too often marginalized, whitewashed or silenced by mainstream media. Registrants can obtain screen tests and mentorships from major TV networks and established industry professionals to help develop their careers and the top ten films screen at the AAI Film Festival, on the TV series "Film Lab Presents," and are promoted online via AAFL TV.

Every year, registration opens online in MARCH and the Film Lab runs a series of workshops between March and June, free for registrants, to teach basic filmmaking skills and help people network and form teams. The events are livestreamed for registrants around the globe.

The actual 72 hours of filming takes place in June with the winning films premiering at the Asian American International Film Festival in July under the auspices of and in collaboration with Asian CineVision. This program was made possible, in part, due to the generous support of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council