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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. Please note we are updating prizes for 2024, however, to give you a taste:


All filmmakers will receive access to free filmmaker casting accounts at Backstage to cast their films. Simply enter code 72HRSHOOTOUT at


The Grand Prize Winner will receive a package from the Sundance Institute, as well as 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 and 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!

Also, the best actor and actress will each receive 4 VIP tickets to BATSU! NYC ( $300+ value). This frequently sold-out show merges the Japanese batsu game with American humor, as comedy warriors test their wits to avoid painful, humiliating, and ridiculous punishments.Buzzfeed calls BATSU!  “An unforgettable night out”, Thrillist found the show “Hilarious, strange and kind of sick!” and it’s Playbill’s “Favorite thing we’ve ever seen, anywhere.” 

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

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.

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

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

Jandiz Estrada Cardoso is the 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 Winner of Best Directing Wins a One on One with NBC’s Grace Moss!

Grace Moss is the VP Equity & Inclusion (Pipeline Programs) for Warner Bros. Discovery. In this role, she helps oversee the company’s efforts to expand the talent pool of underrepresented writers and directors and build additional pathways for diverse talent. Prior to Warner Bros. Discovery, Grace served as the Senior Director of Talent Development & Inclusion for NBC Entertainment, where she spearheaded multiple programs that focused on discovering, cultivating and showcasing talented writers and directors of diverse backgrounds.

Grace also managed nationwide outreach efforts and developed relationships with community partners, such as the National Hispanic Media Coalition, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment and the Barcid Foundation.  Before coming to NBC, Grace was a Development Executive at the Style Network, where she shepherded new series, from initial pitch to production.

Prior to her stint at the Style Network, she worked as a freelance reality Producer and Director on a plethora of unscripted shows on a variety of networks, including MTV, VH1, TLC and NBC. Grace graduated from UCLA with a BA English and Minor in Asian American Studies. In her spare time, Grace enjoys playing tennis, wine tasting and baking with her son.

More Fun Prizes:

Best Editor – A very special printed work from famed Japanese American photographer Yuichi Idaka! This framed piece is from the artist’s original personal collection.

Best Cinematographer – A very special printed work from famed Japanese American photographer Yuichi Idaka! This framed piece is from the artist’s original personal collection.

Most Original Use of Theme

A very special printed work from famed Japanese American photographer Yuichi Idaka! This framed piece is from the artist’s original personal collection.


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!