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June 7, 2013

The Asian American Film Lab, Asian CineVision and the Museum of Chinese in America to Host Screenwriting Competition as

By Justin Samuels

The Asian American Film Lab launches a screenwriting competition as a part of the Asian American Film Festival.


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I am excited to announce that the  Asian American Film Lab (Film Lab) will be co-hosting, along with Asian CineVision and the Museum of Chinese in America,  a feature screenplay writing competition as part of the 36th Annual Asian American International Film Festival ("AAIFF").

The last winning screenplay in this AAIFF competition, MOTEL, directed by Michael Kang, has gone on to become a full-length feature film. The winner will receive a directed reading by Asian American Film Lab Actor Directory actors and feedback from the audience at the Museum of Chinese in America on  Aug 1, 2013 , and will be a part of the prestigious AAIFF.

Writers may submit their scripts via email up until  June 14 th .    For guidelines and more information, please visit the Film Lab website --  www.asianamericanfilmlab.org  - or its Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/events/556869091023173/ .  

The Asian American Film Lab is also seeking original content for a production arm launch.    Interested writers may submit to  UnfinishedWorks@film-lab.org , attention Lorna Nowve.

For more, please see  http://www.asiancinevision.org/screenplay/  or email UnfinishedWorks@film-lab.org, attn: Lorna Nowve.

About Asian American Film Lab and the Unfinished Works Program

The Asian American Film Lab (Film Lab) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the promotion and support of gender and ethnic diversity in film and television through free monthly educational and outreach programming and the acclaimed annual 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition (www.asianamericanfilmlab.org).  This annual competition has inspired hundreds of filmmakers by helping nascent talent take brave steps towards a filmmaking career. The Film Lab is run by President Jennifer Betit Yen and the Unfinished Works program is coordinated by Lorna Nowve. The Film Lab's membership consists of professionals, artists and other talented individuals who all share the common goal of creating great film and promoting all filmmakers of color, with a focus on Asian Americans, and the visibility of their stories and characters in film and television.

The Film Lab's Unfinished Works program  constitutes its longest running program, ongoing for 15 consecutive years.  Unfinished Works allows writers to workshop, in a structured and constructive environment, unfinished plays, screenplays and television scripts.  It also serves as a bridge between actors, writers and directors of color, particularly Asian Americans.  Writers are welcome to bring in a director for the table read and absolutely must cast a certain number of roles from the Asian American Film Lab's actor members.   To submit a screenplay for a free reading and workshop, writers should email Lorna Nowve at UnfinishedWorks@film-lab.org with their name, email, telephone number, logline, synopsis, and a brief statement of why they feel Unfinished Works will be useful to developing and improving their screenplay.

The Asian American Film Lab is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Membership and all contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.


About Asian CineVision (ACV) and the Asian American International Film Festival  (AAIFF)

Asian CineVision, Inc. is a not-for-profit national media arts organization committed to the development, exhibition, promotion and preservation of film and video by artists of Asian descent.  Founded in 1975 ACV continues to serve the Asian American media arts community by promoting the works of Asian independent and Asian American filmmakers to the broadest possible audiences, providing a window to the diverse experiences of the Asian Diaspora.   

Founded in 1978, AAIFF is the first and longest running festival in the U.S. to exhibit the film and video work by media artists of Asian descent and about the Asian American experience. Now in its 36th year AAIFF continues to be a leading showcase for Asian American and Asian independent film and video. For more information about ACV and AAIFF visit:  www.asiancinevision.org .

About the Museum of Chinese in America

Founded in 1980, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States.  The greatly expanded MOCA at 215 Centre Street is a national home for the precious narratives of diverse Chinese American communities, and strives to be a model among interactive museums.

The Museum promotes dialogue and understanding among people of all cultural backgrounds, bringing 160 years of Chinese American history to vivid life through its innovative exhibitions, educational and cultural programs. MOCA welcomes diverse visitors and participants to its broad array of exhibits and programs.  MOCA's expansion accommodates its range of visitors, which include: New Yorkers, domestic and international visitors, neighborhood residents, students and school groups from local and regional schools .

Submitters Website: http://twitter.com/#!/screenwriter32

Submitters Bio:

Screenwriter. Historian. BA in History and certificate in Latin American studies from Cornell University. MA in English Education from Columbia University. Very interested in public policy.