To qualify for Project Catalyst, entrants must comply with ALL of the following Rules and Eligibility Requirements. Failure to comply with these rules will render a submission ineligible.


  • A letter of intent (no more than 1 page).
  • For Film: A treatment and/or feature-length screenplay, with the title page clearly labeled with the order number.
  •  For Television: A completed half-hour or hour SPEC script (original pilots will not be accepted), with the title page clearly labeled with the order number.
  • A DVD of Applicant’s prior work (examples of prior work include a webisode, short film, feature film, music video, commercial, TV show, etc.), wherein Applicant was either the writer of director. DO NOT provide reels or more than one sample work. DVD must be clearly labeled with order number, project title, sample work’s title and run time, Applicant’s name and contact information.
  • A director or writer of Asian Pacific descent attached to the project. Bios and contact information for key filmmaker(s)/applicant(s), and producer if one is attached to the project.
  • A budget top sheet or summary that breaks down the total funding needed for the Film, and reflects any other money that has already been secured.  Teleplay entries do not require a budget.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years-old.


  • • October 4, 2012: Submissions open
  • • December 21, 2012: Early Submissions end | Fee: $50
  • • February 1, 2013: Regular Submissions end | Fee: $60
  • • March 1 , 2013: Late Submissions end | Fee: $75

All materials will need to be received by the corresponding deadline date.

Entry Fees should be paid via credit or debit card here.

All materials must be sent prepaid to:

Visual Communications
120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA  90012
ATTN: Project Catalyst
(213) 680-4462 ext. 21

Entries will not be considered complete until all of the materials are received. Please refer to the Filmmaker Checklist above. All hardcopy submission materials must have the order number written on each item and must be postmarked with the entry deadline dates.

Visual Communications will make every effort to safe-guard the materials submitted; however VC will not be responsible for lost or stolen submissions. Submissions will not be returned.

Please visit our FAQ page for answers to some commonly asked questions. If you still have questions regarding the entry process, please feel free to contact us directly:

Founded in 1970, Visual Communications has a long and prominent history promoting intercultural understanding through the creation, presentation, preservation and support of media works by and about Asian Pacific Americans. Throughout its history, Visual Communications programs have evolved to meet the changing needs of a diverse Asian Pacific Community of over 20 different languages, cultures, and nationalities. The organization has created award winning productions, nurtured and given voice to Asian Pacific American youth, promoted new artistic talent, presented new cinema, and preserved Asian Pacific American history. Today, Visual Communications continues to be a conduit for the Asian Pacific global communities to the American public through its numerous arts programs.