HOOQ Launches HOOQ Filmmakers Guild in Search of Asias Film Directors Invests up to Baht 13 million to produce TV series

Entertainment Press Releases Wednesday July 19, 2017 09:50
Bangkok--19 Jul--Immediate Resources
HOOQ, the first and largest Video on Demand service provider in Southeast Asia, launches HOOQ Filmmakers Guild to provide a creative platform for filmmakers in Asia to produce online TV series.

HOOQ's first Filmmakers Guild searches for filmmakers to produce a TV series in Southeast Asia covering Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, India, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Cambodia. The Guild offers filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their work regionally. Only five filmmakers will be selected and each winner will be awarded approximately Baht 1 million (USD 30,000.00) to produce the first episode of a series to be aired on HOOQ. The top filmmaker of the five, judged by the audience and a panel of international judges, will be awarded to produce the entire series, up to 13 episodes in total, or approximately Baht 13 million.

"In the last 2-3 years, we notice a shift in what the audience watches. In addition to enjoying Hollywood and international content, they are demanding more local content, providing local filmmakers with tremendous opportunities to fill the content void. HOOQ recognizes this and wants to support regional filmmakers' efforts via the HOOQ Filmmakers Guild to welcome new creative ideas in any genre and support the selected work to be produced. By promoting the development of online TV series, many episodes will have to be produced, and as a result, filmmakers will have ample opportunity to showcase their craft", said Allison Chew, Head of Brand and Communications, HOOQ.

"HOOQ Filmmakers Guild is a regional initiative including Thailand. There are so many talented Thai filmmakers, all they need is to have the opportunity to showcase their work with a company that is really connected to Hollywood. I would like to invite all filmmakers in the entertainment circle – filmmakers, script writers, directors, producers and filmmaking students to submit their work for a chance to turn their dream into reality. The selected work will get produced and be aired, then be judged by the audience and an international panel of judges", Byrd Kulpong Bunnag, HOOQ Digital Thailand Country Manager added.

Puttipong Promasakha Na Sakolnakorn, a seasoned Thai film director with many awards, added "I'm honored to be invited as a judge in HOOQ Filmmakers Guild. It's a very important event not to be missed by serious filmmakers who want to be IN the business. HOOQ, the big brother, is here to help with the whole process: starting with the opportunity, funding the idea to produce the series, and airing it. You don't have to run around trying to do everything because the 'big brother' is helping every step of the way!"

As for Wazin Pokpong, the beloved director who directed They Call Me … Love, and A Little Thing called Love offers his opinion, "HOOQ Filmmakers Guild is a significant opportunity for people in the entertainment business and people who want to be in the business to showcase their work. It's a shortcut to achieving regional recognition with a company that has direct connection to Hollywood with the backing of investors such as Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros".

HOOQ Filmmakers Guild initiative is launched for the first time in Southeast Asia to give opportunity to filmmakers in Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, India, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Cambodia to raise their profile to the international level. An international panel of judges from participating countries will select five best submissions and they will be awarded with USD 30,000.00 or approximately Baht 1 million to produce the first TV series episode to be aired on HOOQ. The best of five, judged by the audience and the panel of judges, will then be given additional funding, up to Baht 13 million for 13 episodes maximum. Entries are accepted until August 15, 2017. For more information or to apply, check out https://campaign.hooq.tv/filmmakersguild2017/

About HOOQ

HOOQ the first and the largest VDO on demand service in Asia is a joint venture of Singtel, Sony Pictures Television, and Warner Bros offering the best entertainment with over 10,000 titles of movies, TV series, cartoon and popular programs around the world direct from Hollywood. To subscribe, download HOOQ application from Apple Store or Google Play and register to watch on computers, tablets, mobiles, play boxes, and smart TVs over Google Chromecast and Apple. HOOQ received the Best Mobile App in the Media, Film, TV or Video from GSMA's Global Mobile (GLOMO) Awards 2016, Barcelona, Spain. In addition to Thailand, HOOQ has offices in the Philippines, India, Indonesia, and Singapore, catering to over 1.6 billion people. For more information, check out www.hooq.tv

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