Asian American Film Lab


Top 10 Films to Be Announced and Screened at the 32nd Asian
American International Film Festival on July 24, 2009

The Asian American Film Lab (AAFilmLab), in association with Asian CineVision, is pleased to announce the Sixth Annual 72 Hour Film Shootout (“Shootout”) taking place this year from June 26-29, 2009. The Shootout is a nationwide competition where filmmaking teams have 72 hours to complete short films up to five minutes in length. Teams are given a common theme at the start of the competition to use creatively as they see fit. Teams compete for cash and prizes and the chance to have their films screened at film festivals.

This year’s Shootout finalists will be selected by a panel of film industry professionals including cinematographer Ellen Kuras (Be Kind, Rewind, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), director Michael Kang (The Motel, West 32nd), Marci Phillips (Executive Director of Primetime Casting for ABC Entertainment), producer Mynette Louie (Children of Invention), actor Justin Chon (Twilight), filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda (Mental), and director Tanuj Chopra (Punching at the Sun)

The Shootout intends to create opportunities for Asian Americans to demonstrate their talent, gain exposure in the entertainment industry, and to have an impact on the visibility of Asian American stories and characters in film and television. One of the Shootout requirements is that at least one key production member (e.g., director, producer, or writer) and a principal actor from each team must be of Asian descent. 


Winner - Student Filmmaker Award

New for this year is a special judging category -- the "Student Filmmaker Award", sponsored by the Asian American / Asian Research Institute (AAARI). To qualify as a student entry, the following principal crew members must have all been enrolled students as of the Spring 2009 semester: Director, Writer and Producer. Consideration for the “Student Award” has no bearing whatsoever on judging for the other Shootout award categories. Submissions for the “Student Award” must also follow all other Shootout requirements in order to be considered for this category.

The 6th Annual 72 Hour Film Shootout begins on Friday, June 26, 2009, at 8PM (EDT). The competition theme will be announced at the New York City launch party at 8PM at White Rabbit Lounge (145 East Houston Street) and simultaneously posted online at and New York-based singer/songwriter Cynthia Lin will be performing live at the launch party.

Media Partner will once again provide high quality streaming of this year's Shootout entries for online voting of the Audience Favorite Award at The Top Ten Films will screen at the Asian American International Film Festival organized by Asian CineVision (July 23-26, 2009).

Registration is now open for the 6th Annual 72 Hour Film Shootout with new online registration this year! AAFilmLab members get an additional $20 discount off the Regular Shootout entry fees. Just sign up to be a member first on

This year is shaping up to be a great year, so to keep the submissions coming, and we're making a special announcement:

Register before June 19th for the Regular Registration fee of only $45. 

That’s right folks, thanks to the Asian Arts Alliance JP Morgan SOAR grant, we’re keeping the Regular Registration fee at Early Bird prices. This is the least we can do to get as many you filmmakers involved as we can.

Direct your questions and inquiries to :

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Asian American / Asian Research Institute, CUNY





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