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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 Grand Prize Winner will receive a special script consultation with ScriptHop, including advice on how to market their project(s), as well as a premium subscription to ScriptHop’s software, a special group mentorship award with Daniel Sakaya, President of CrossingsTV, 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.

Best Actor and Actress Winners will Receive An Intro to ABC’s Director of Casting, VIP show tickets

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 obtain 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!

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 One Year Membership to NYWIFT and a One on One mentorship from actor, writer and producer ERIN QUILL! ERIN QUILL holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. On the stage, she has been seen as an OBC Member of TONY Winning Musical, AVENUE Q, as Madame Rita in FLOWER DRUM SONG, as Lady Thing in THE KING AND I, and at Arena Stage in DAVE, the musical. TV Credits include  LAW & ORDER, SVU, NETFLIX’s JOHN MULANEY & THE SACKLUNCH BUNCH, HBO’s THE OTHER TWO, HBO’s PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, CBS’s THE BLACKLIST,  CBS’s THE FOLLOWING, SHOWTIME’s NURSE JACKIE, FX’s DAMAGES S2, NYPD BLUE, E!’s Starvelliance etc. Film work includes THE MIKADO PROJECT, MAN ON A LEDGE. Her 2022 project, which she wrote and appeared in, QUEEN BESSIE’s GAL has been making the festival rounds and has appeared in over 30 festivals including the CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, and was recently screened at the Australian Consulate. She has had her writing appear in two books – RISE, a History of Asian Americans from the 90’s to now, and Theatrical Blogging, the Emergence of a Critical Culture – all available on Amazon. Her blog, Fairy Princess Diaries is currently 11 years old – and has helped change the game for AAPI performers, pointing out injustices and discrimination on stages around the world. She is going into her 6th year of Hosting and Curating panels at BroadwayCon, that deal specifically with AA issues and performers.

The Top Ten Filmmakers Will Receive a Special Group Mentorship Session from Daniel Sakaya, President of CrossingsTV, some special swag from Jersey Kool and a 6 month PREMIUM subscription to 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!

Jersey Kool is a NJ-based company creating commercials and clothing designs.

The Winner of Best Screenwriting Will Win A 6 Month Premium Subscription to ScriptHop AND A One on One Mentorship from Jandiz Estrada Cardoso of Sundance AND a One on One with Milton Liu!!!

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

Jandiz Estrada Cardoso is the newest director of the Sundance Institute Episodic Program, which incubates original pilots from emerging writers and facilitates direct introductions and relationship with the Television industry Previously, the Sr. Director of Global Talent Development & Inclusion division for film, tv, and streaming at NBCUniversal. Working directly with the development and programming teams for scripted and alternative, she scouted and designed creative pipelines for emerging writers, directors, actors and comedians for immediate hire. As an executive producer, Jandiz spearheaded countless events including the bicoastal NBCUniversal Short Film Festival, The YATU SABES MONOLOGUE SLAM, and the national search and tour of StandUp NBC awarding talent holding deals to their champions. In her freelance career, she has worked with over a dozen features for studios including Disney, Warner Brothers, Working Title, Paramount, Universal, New Line Cinema, and Screen Gems and over 2 dozen pilots and series with networks including AMC, ABC, CBS, Starz, Spike TV, MTVand very proudly on NBC’s Emmy Award winning series, 30 ROCK. She is a member of Casting Society of America, Hollywood Radio & Television Society, voting member of the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences, and newest board member for LA?s acclaimed The Groundlings Theatre. As an instructor, she has led master classes across the US and Brazil and was voted Backstage Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award for Audition Coach of the Year. She is a recent recipient of the Golden Eagle Award for Diversity Impact in Television.

The Winners Of Best Cinematography, Best Directing, 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 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

Best LGBTQ Content Creator

The Best LGBTQ content creator will win a one-on-one mentorship with CURTIS CHIN!

More Fun Prizes:

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

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

Most Original Use of Theme

-one Unapologetically Asian t-shirt donated from Diane Phelan (Broadway star in Into the Woods) plus free admission to the Creative Circles Event from Prime Produce AND a one on one mentorship with Eric Lau!


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).   


Special Thanks To Event Sponsors:


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Asian American International Film Festival and Asian CineVision

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!