The Asian American Film Lab (“Film Lab”) announced the winners of its Ninth Annual 72 Hour Film Shootout (“Shootout”) at this year’s Asian American International Film Festival (“AAIFF’13”) on July 27.
Teams competed from around the world to push the envelope with diverse, groundbreaking films.
Film Lab President, Jennifer Betit Yen, commented, “The world premier of the top ten bold and boundary-breaking films of the 72 Hour Shootout at the Asian American International Film Festival is made possible through our judges, sponsors, all the incredible hard-working Film Lab and ACV/AAIFF’13 staff, and, most importantly, the filmmakers themselves who are constantly pushing the envelope to create better and more diverse and empowering original content.”
Filmmakers came from across the country, including California, D.C., Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, D.C., and North Carolina, to attend the screening and to celebrate diversity in film.
The Film Lab honored the top ten filmmaking teams, who were selected by a distinguished panel of judges including ABC’s Marci Phillips, FOX Japan’s Dan Smith and playwright David Henry Hwang, among others, and announced by 2013 72 Hour Shootout Coordinator, David Dennis.
To see the top 10 list of teams and individual awards visit: http://www.asianamericanfilmlab.org/72-Hour-Shootout.html
Executive Director of Asian CineVision John Woo, Film Lab President Jennifer Betit Yen and 72 Hour Shootout Coordinator David Dennis all took the stage to welcome the audience and honor the films.
Woo commended all the filmmakers on a job well done, noting the intense competition due to the large number of highly qualified entries this year.
“[The Shootout] is about joining together in creating films that not only reflect our country as it is – diverse and cosmopolitan – but also as it should be – diverse and cosmopolitan….[A]t the Film Lab, and through the Shootout, we are not telling you to fight the power. We’re telling you to become it,” said Betit Yen.
Dennis jokingly congratulated the competitors on surviving the ordeal of creating a film in only 72 hours. “You made it!” Dennis told the filmmakers in the audience with a smile.
The Film Lab management team also surprised those in attendance with a fun, short film honoring the Shootout and starring the management team and Board (including Bea Soong; well known actor James Kyson; Betit Yen; and others), which was directed and shot by Board member Erik Lu and co-directed by Michael Rosete of Descendant Films and can be enjoyed on the Film Lab’s website and YouTube channel.
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SOURCE: AA FILM LAB