72 Hour Shootout: Top Ten Selection

The 16th annual 72 Hour Film Shootout is a worldwide competition in which production teams anchored by Asian American and Asian talent have 72 hours to write, shoot, and edit short films up to five minutes in length. This year, the teams had to incorporate the theme “Going Viral” and the mystery prop “Toilet Paper.” We also challenged our filmmakers to make a movie in isolation, where teams implemented their best “DIY” and “At-Home” filmmaking skills. The result is a reflection of our months spent in isolation: the highs, the lows, the videoconferences, the masks, and, of course, toilet paper. The pandemic has also led to the rise of racism towards Asians and Asian Americans, with people referring to Covid-19 as “the Chinese virus.” Now, more than ever, we feel it is an important time to empower Asian American and Asian storytellers to share their experiences. Ultimately, this extraordinary selection represents the Top Ten films, which have been hand-selected by a panel of entertainment industry judges!


The Awards Ceremony will follow the Top Ten Selection, announcing the winners of categories such as Grand Prize, Most Original Use of Theme, and the inaugural Audience Choice Award and LGBTQ Awards. The competition creates a valuable opportunity for filmmakers of color and women—focusing on Asian American and Asian talent—to demonstrate their abilities, gain exposure in the entertainment industry, and impact the visibility of diverse 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.


The Film Lab™ is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit dedicated to the promotion and support of ethnic and gender diversity in film and television through education, outreach, and networking. Visit us online at www.film-lab.org.

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