The New Season of Film Lab Presents Airs Nationwide Starting Jan. 2, 2022
Film Lab Presents is ba-ack for another season of bold, innovative and diverse entertainment. Highlighting the challenges of COVID through fictional narratives, the upcoming season will feature exciting new actors, writers and directors from traditionally underrepresented groups. Click here for airtimes and channels in your city!
The Fall 2021 “Unfinished Works” Screenplay Reading and Workshop Series
The Film Lab will be rolling out three fabulous screenplay readings and workshops as part of our “Unfinished Works” program in which YOU – the audience member – get to become a part of the writer’s creative process! In September, we’ll explore “A Vietnamese Ghost Story,” by Kevin Tran. In October, “Fortune’s Palace” by I-fan Quirk. In November, “The Adventure’s of Tomboy and Gurly Girl” by Keurim Hur. Join us via AAFLTV on YouTube (YouTube.com/AsAmFilmLab) to watch the reading and then move to a private Zoom room to workshop the piece with the writer.
This year’s premiere, in loving memory of actor/writer Howard Fong, premiered Aug. 11. Find out all about the top 10 films here. The top 50 will be showcased in Film Lab’s award-winning TV series Film Lab Presents in the fall! Read all about it here.
The Premiere of the TOP TEN Films of the 2021 72 Hour Shootout: BE A HERO: Awards Ceremonies, Screenings and AFTER PARTY!!!!!!
August 11, 2021 – August 14, 2021
The top ten films of the Film Lab’s 2021 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition premiered at the Asian American International Film Festival in NYC, along with an Awards Ceremony and an After Party on August 14th at 3pm EST!!! Read all about it here #72HrSO #BeAHero
June 3, 2021, 7:30pm EST – 8:00pm EST: The Launch of the 2021 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition featuring live musical guest THE JENNY THING!
Filmmakers, actors and entertainment types joined the Film Lab online from all over the world with all their last minute questions and for final 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking team building and networking. Film Lab sponsors announced the THEME of the 2021 Shootout, upon which all the Shootout films must be based. Then the clock started ticking and teams had 72 hours to complete their films! The top 10 films will be announced and premiere at the AAIFF in July and the top 50 will be showcased in Film Lab’s award-winning TV series Film Lab Presents in the fall! Watch it here!
May 12, 2021, 1pm P / 4pm EST: Marketing Your 72 Hour Shootout Screenplay (or any Screenplay!)
The founders of 72 Hour Shootout sponsor Scripthop provided an in-depth discussion on how Film Lab screenwriters can access – for free – the new industry standard for marketing your script in Hollywood and beyond. More info here.
April 24, 2021, 3pm P /6pm EST: 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking How-To Panel Discussion
Fridays beginning September 18, 2020
Save the date(s) for an incredible fall/winter line-up of emerging new writers tackling diverse and provocative topics through everything from television pilots to feature length screenplays. Keeland Bowers and Ginger Chen will moderate workshops of the scripts following performance reads by professional actors from Film Lab’s Actor Directory. Come and watch some amazing new talent and then be part of the creative process as the audience helps the writer to workshop her or his piece! #UnfinishedWorks Email UnfinishedWorks@film-lab.org for more details. RSVP here. Click on the below hyperlinks for details about the writers and scripts showcased at each individual workshop:
October 1-11, 2020
You’re invited to the premiere of the TOP TEN films of the Film Lab’s 2020 72 Hour Shootout at the first-ever VIRTUAL Asian American International Film Festival. Hundreds of filmmakers from around the globe registered to compete in the first ever Isolation Edition Shootout. The Film Lab’s 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition challenged these brave storytellers to make a movie in 72 hours based on the theme “GOING VIRAL.” As always, we’re honored to be providing a valuable opportunity for Asian American filmmakers and other filmmakers of color to demonstrate their talent, gain exposure in the entertainment industry and impact the visibility of diverse stories and characters in film. To RSVP click here and tune in at 1am EST on October 1 to be the first to know!
Fridays beginning September 18, 2020
June 4, 2020
4:30 pm PST / 7:30 pm EST
You’re invited to the 72 Hour Film Shootout’s Virtual Launch Party on June 4th at 7:30pm EST! It’s that time of year again, when the 72 Hour Film Shootout challenges brave storytellers to make a movie in 72 hours. As always, we’re honored to be providing a valuable opportunity for Asian American filmmakers and other filmmakers of color to demonstrate their talent, gain exposure in the entertainment industry and impact the visibility of Asian American stories and characters in film. RSVP here!
June 4-7, 2020
Once the theme is announced, filmmakers have 72 hours within which to create their films. This year is our ISOLATION EDITION. We ask filmmakers to film in the comfort of their own homes and take into account CDC guidelines for the health and safety of themselves and others (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html). GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE FILMMAKERS!
Samples of Monthly Newsletters and Other Past Events
May 18, 2020 2:30pm P/5:30pm EST – Online
Backstage will be conducting an intensive workshop for our West Coast filmmakers to teach filmmakers, step-by-step, how to utilize all the resources for free (a special code for free services from Backstage Magazine will be given to attendees at the event and to those who register for the 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition). In the 72 Hour Shootout, 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. Space is limited. RSVPs required to join the Zoom Room. RSVP here.