Posted March 24, 2016
Celebrating diversity and artistic empowerment, the Twelfth Annual 72 Hour Film Shootout (“Shootout”) returns this summer under the auspices of and in collaboration with Asian CineVision and is now accepting registrations for this summer’s Shootout competition from filmmakers, actors, writers, directors, etc. Register at www.film-lab.org!
The Shootout is a worldwide competition in which filmmaking teams are given a common theme at the start and then have 72 hours to write, shoot, edit, and complete short films up to five minutes in length. Teams compete for network mentorships (NBC, etc.), to be seen by the Executive Director of Primetime Casting for ABC, cash, prizes and the chance to have their films screened at the prestigious Asian American International Film Festival (“AAIFF”), the first and longest-running U.S. festival of its kind. As an integral part of AAIFF, the Shootout celebrates the creativity and genius of the directors, their casts and crews as they share stories by, about and for filmmakers of color and women around the world. AAIFF has played a vital role in discovering and nurturing such acclaimed talent as Wayne Wang (THE JOY LUCK CLUB), Ang Lee (CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN), Mira Nair (THE NAMESAKE), Zhang Yimou (HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS), Christine Choy (WHO KILLED VINCENT CHIN?), Steven Okazaki (THE MUSHROOM CLUB), Jessica Yu (PING PONG PLAYA), and Justin Lin (FAST FIVE).
The competition is open to actors and filmmakers of ALL races, religions and nationalities. It does create a unique 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. 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.
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