Are You a Writer?  Director?  Producer?  Actor?  Storyboard Artist?  The Film Lab Offers Free or De Minimis Monthly Programs for Everyone!  

Are You a Company?  Film Lab Can Create a Private Workshop Just for You!

The Film Lab is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, originally developed in 1998, that includes thousands of professionals of all colors and from all aspects of the entertainment industry working together with the common goal of advancing and supporting the inclusion of all people of color in mainstream media. The Film Lab creates, promotes and supports gender and ethnic diversity in media through various monthly programs including:  (1) Unfinished Works; (2) Industry Spotlight; (3) Connections; (4) Production and Original Content (AAFL TV); and (5) the 72 Hour Shootout (an annual event).  The Film Lab is run under the direction of President and actor Jennifer Betit Yen (Film Lab Presents) and Acting and Advisory Board members include Daryl King, director Aaron Woolfolk (The Harimaya Bridge), and actor James Kyson (Heroes).  The Film Lab also hosts workshops on topics ranging from micro filmmaking to acting to lighting!  To hire the Lab for a workshop for your company, please contact us at


The Film Lab provides private workshops for companies on topics ranging from filmmaking basics to acting to makeup.  An example: "How to Make a Micro Film" (a workshop provided for TIME Inc. in June 2015, shown in the above photo).  For more information and to set up a private workshop, please contact us at

Unfinished Works (writers, directors, actors)

The Film Lab's longest running program, Unfinished Works€ has assisted screenwriters for 15+ years.  Unfinished Works constitutes an avenue for filmmakers, screenwriters, and actors to share and workshop their work at any stage of development for honest feedback. The feedback process includes a reading of the piece by professional Film Lab actors and is carefully structured to provide assistance with drafting, editing, outlining, and more. For consideration, screenwriters may email their logline and synopsis to the program coordinator at For program guidelines and requirements, please click here and scroll to the bottom of the page (where the photos end).

All writers selected for unfinished Works cast from the Film Lab Actor Directory, a core group of talented and dedicated artists who have demonstrated commitment both to their craft and to diversity in film and television.  To link to our ACTOR DIRECTORY, click here.

Industry Spotlight (all aspects of entertainment!)

Industry Spotlight provides an opportunity for guests and industry professionals to teach others, share ideas, and to gain support and exposure by presenting a workshop, participating in a discussion or panel on an industry topic and sharing their experience. Industry Spotlight has encompassed everything from a casting workshop for musical theatre and commercials moderated by Casting Director Caitlin Jones of Liz Lewis Casting to a nuts-to-bolts filmmaking workshop by feature film Wedding Palace director Christine Yoo to a storyboarding how-to workshop to fundraising and social media how-to's for filmmakers to monologue workshops for actors. If you are an industry professional looking to share your expertise in any aspect of the entertainment business, please contact

Click below for a preview a past Industry Spotlight Event:

Connections (networking)

Connections consists of social events designed to encourage networking and collaboration among entertainment professionals of color, including the Film Lab's Annual Holiday Gala! For up-to-the-minute news and information on our events, please join us on Facebook ( and follow us on Twitter (@asamfilmlab)! To receive event invitations, email your name, area of interest and geographic location to Daryl King at

Production & Original Content (AAFL TV)

The Film Lab, through President and actor Jennifer Betit Yen, launched a bold new original content production arm in August 2013!  For more, please see our AAFL TV channel, YouTube channel and Tumblr, Instagram and Pinterest accounts!  The Film Lab's first television series, Film Lab Presents, hosted by Jennifer Betit Yen, premiered on NYCLife on March 5, 2014.  Sesaons 1-3 originally aired on New York's city channel and on CrossingsTV, among others.  Season 4 aired in April and May 2015 an Time Warner Cable, CrossingsTV, Xfinity, and more.  Catch past episodes on Video on Demand!  The Film Lab also airs a television program on CrossingsTV with episode 1 airing September 14, 2014.  To find out how YOU can submit content, visit the AAFL TV page.

72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition

The 72 Hour Film Shootout ("€œShootout") is a worldwide competition organized by the Asian American Film Lab, in which filmmaking teams have 72 hours to write, shoot, edit and produce short films up to five minutes in length on a common theme. The intention of this competition is to create opportunities for diverse filmmakers to demonstrate their talent, gain exposure in the entertainment industry and to impact the visibility of diverse stories and characters in film and television. To increase the amount of Asian Amercians in film, the Film Lab requires that at least one key production member and a lead actor from each team be of Asian descent. This annual competition has inspired hundreds of filmmakers by helping nascent talent take brave steps towards a filmmaking career. Past Shootout Judges include hip hop pioneer Russell Simmons, Executive Director of Casting for ABC Primetime Marci Phillips, producer and entertainment executive Teddy Zee, acclaimed cinematographer Erin Lin, playwright David Henry Hwang, and FOX Japan Producer Dan Smith.  For more info, click on the Shootout tab, above, or email  Some press:

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