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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.



Pac Arts is pleased to donate to the Grand Prize Winner the Super Film Fan Package to the 21st San Diego Asian Film Festival scheduled for November 2021 in San Diego, CA. This package, valued at $590, will grant the winner exclusive full access to the festival including admission to all films, special event entry, and overall VIP treatment for two attendees.

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival will offer waiver codes to the Grand Prize, Best Director, Best Female Content Creator, and Outstanding LGBTQ Filmmaker.

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.

The Grand Prize and Best Screenwriter will Final Draft Screenwriting Software Valued at $500

We’re proud to announce that Final Draft is giving the Film Lab two (2) digital gift certificates for digital download of Final Draft screenwriting software (est. value $500)! And we’re awarding them to Best Writer and Grand Prize of the 72 Hour Film Shootout. Final Draft is also offering a free eBook: How to Win a Screenwriting Contest. Download now!

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 Winners Of Best Cinematography, Best Editing 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 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:  For more information about Eric and Solar, please visit Eric Lau’s website at

Winner of Best Screenwriting will Win a One on One Mentorship with Blacklist Writer Kelli Johnson! 

Kelli Johnson is a writer/director who grew up in Collinsville, Illinois.  While living in the Midwest, she discovered all of her first loves: the films of John Hughes and Billy Wilder, the comedic genius of George Carlin, and Charlie Conway, the triple deke king.  She moved out west and received her MFA in Writing for Screen & Television from USC.  Throughout college she interned at Laura Ziskin Productions and Paramount Pictures.  She worked at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and while she had fun at the Oscars, her favorite part of the job was participating in a mentorship program that provided middle-schoolers with opportunities to make short films.  Kelli is currently a writer on the hit NBC show THE BLACKLIST.  She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, not a first love, but she likes him a whole bunch.

The Top Ten Filmmakers Will Receive a Special Group Mentorship Session from Daniel Sakaya, President of CrossingsTV!

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.

Outstanding LGBTQ Filmmaker and Outstanding LGBTQ Performer Will Receive a Mentorship Award from Anthony Meindl!

Anthony Paul Meindl is an American screenwriter, stage and film actor, writer and founder and artistic director of the MetaTheatre Company and Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop in Los Angeles.

The Winner Of Best Director Will Win A One on One Mentorship Award from Director Lily Mariye!

Lily Mariye, DGA Award nominee for Amazon’s “Just Add Magic,” is a television and film director, best known for “The Terror: Infamy” for AMC. Other directing credits include ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Stumptown,” NBC’s ”Council of Dads,” “Chicago PD,” CBS’ “MacGyver,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” and Fox’s “Prodigal Son.” ( MODEL MINORITY is Lily’s feature writing and directorial debut and has won 11 Film Festival Awards around the world ( She is also an actor, best known for her role as nurse Lily Jarvik on the award-winning TV series “ER” for 15 seasons, for which she won the SAG Award for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series four times.

Other Fun Tangibles

BEST SCREENWRITING WINNER receives a free class at Write Your Screenplay: Level 1 with Jacob Krueger ($375 value)

OUTSTANDING FEMALE CONTENT CREATOR – New York Women in Film & Television is partnering with Film Lab to sponsor the #72HrSO prize for Outstanding Female Content Creator. The winner will received a one year complimentary @NYWIFT membership. Outstanding Female Content Creator will also receive a $250 cash prize, donated by The Cre8asian Project.

FREE Headshot Session with Kill the Pig Productions in Los Angeles, valued at $350 each: Best Actor, Best Actress, Outstanding LGBTQ Performer.

Best Actor – VIP Prize Package for 2 ( + 1 free self tape at FOU Studios ( in Astoria, Queens – ($200 value)

Best Actress – VIP Prize Package for 2 ( + 1 free self tape at FOU Studios ( in Astoria, Queens – ($200 value)

Best Editor – VIP Prize Package for 2 to – ($150 value)

Best Cinematographer – VIP Prize Package for 2 to – ($150 value)

The Top 50 Filmmakers Will Receive FREE All-Access Passes to MasterClass!

MasterClass is proud to partner with the Film Lab to offer no-cost All-Access Passes to the entire MasterClass platform for one year (a $180 value) for some lucky winners in this year’s The 72 Hour Film Shootout. We are offering these All-Access Passes to the Top 50 #72hrSO filmmakers and some select prize winners. Use your mobile or desktop to access online classes taught by the best in business, culinary arts, film & television, music & entertainment, photography, sports and more. Start learning with #MasterClassGrants.


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).   


Thank you to all our generous sponsors who are committed to helping us help you help each other to support gender and ethnic diversity in film and television!