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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 AND a FREE self-taped audition session at FOU Studios!

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 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). LA-based winners – or winners who can get themselves to LA! – will also receive a FREE headshot session from KTP Production Studios!

OUTSTANDING LGBTQ CONTENT CREATOR – the Outstanding LGBTQ Content Creator will receive a free headshot session with KTP Production Studios ($350 value).

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 YEAR LONG (!!!) New York Women In Film & Television (NYWIFT) membership!

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

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

The Winner of Best Screenwriting Will Win A 6 Month Premium Subscription to ScriptHop AND Award-Winning Writer Cheryl Davis, along with a Screenwriting Class with Eric Lau (Valued at $100)!

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

Ernest Abuba is a 72 Hour Shootout judge and acclaimed artist! Read more about him on the Judge’s profile page! Cheryl L. Davis, in-house counsel for the Author’s Guild, received a WGA Award and a Daytime Emmy nomination for her work on As the World Turns. She writes for Law & Order: SVU and received the Kleban Award (as a librettist) for her musical “Barnstormer,” about Bessie Coleman, the first Black woman flyer. Read more about her on our homepage – scroll down to the bottom to “Who We Are.”

More Fun Prizes:

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

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


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!