The Film Lab yesterday announced the theme of the 12th annual 72 Hour Shootout, a global filmmaking competition celebrating diversity in the arts
NEW YORK – June 3, 2016 – PRLog — The Film Lab announced the theme – LOSE THE LABELS – of its 12th annual 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition (the “Shootout”) at The Uptown yesterday at a sold-out launch party. Jennifer Betit Yen, actor and President of the Film Lab, also took the stage and gave a no holds barred talk about whitewashing in Hollywood. She applauded filmmakers for fighting mainstream Hollywood racism “through action.” Emcees J.D. Brookshire, Daryl King, and Show Lin kept the audience energized throughout. The party featured the premiere of the film “Lose the Labels,” available on AAFL TV and youtube.com/
The Shootout is a worldwide filmmaking competition celebrating gender and ethnic diversity in film in which filmmaking teams are given this common theme at the start and have 72 hours to write, shoot, edit, and complete short films up to five minutes in length. The films celebrate diversity and the filmmaking teams compete for industry mentorships, cash, prizes, and exhibitions ranging from the prestigious Asian American International Film Festival, the only festival of its kind on the East Coast, to CrossingsTV, AAFL TV and other exhibition venues. The top ten winning films of the Shootout will premiere on July 23rd at the Asian American International Film Festival in New York.
The Shootout creates opportunities for filmmakers of color and women, with a focus on Asian Americans, to demonstrate their talent, gain exposure in the entertainment industry and create positive significant impact on the visibility of Asian and Asian American and other diverse 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.
More information at www.film-lab.org (http://www.asianamericanfilmlab.com/
About the Film Lab
The Film Lab is a non-profit 501(c)(3) headquartered in New York City that provides free or low cost programming to promote and support ethnic and gender diversity in film and television. Its programs and newest production arm, AAFL TV, have been featured most recently on CUNY TV (http://youtu.be/