HOOQ FILMMAKERS GUILD GATHERS ILLUSTRIOUS INDUSTRY PANEL FOR ITS SECOND RUN

Entertainment Press Releases Tuesday August 14, 2018 11:49
Bangkok--14 Aug--Immediate Resources
6 RENOWNED INDUSTRY TALENTS ACROSS THE REGION JOINS HOOQ
IN SEARCH OF THE NEXT BIG ASIAN STORY HELMED BY ASIAN FILMMAKERS

HOOQ the largest Video on Demand service in Southeast Asia today announces the full line-up of judges for the second HOOQ Filmmakers Guild. The star-studded panel includes renowned directors Mouly Surya (Indonesia), Joko Anwar (Indonesia), Banjong Pisanthanakun (Thailand), Adisorn Tresirikasem (Thailand), Jun Robles Lana (Philippines) and award-winning actress, Agot Isidro (Philippines). With such diverse representation across the Asian film industry, audiences can look forward to a thrilling second season of HOOQ Filmmakers Guild.

Jennifer Batty, Chief Content Officer of HOOQ said, "We are so proud to announce the latest panel of award-winning judges to represent the second season of HOOQ Filmmakers Guild. They have given us their vote of confidence by contributing their time and invaluable experience to seek out talented filmmakers in Asia to showcase their best scripts. The successful first season and the positive response towards HOOQ Filmmakers Guild paved the way for this second season and is a testament to HOOQ's commitment to support the Asian film industry by providing an opportunity for talented filmmakers around the region to turn their ideas into a TV series!"

The panel will lend their hands in selecting Southeast Asia's most imaginative scripts and together with HOOQ, help turn their story into reality for budding filmmakers in the region. 5 selected scripts will be each given a funding of USD30,000 to be converted into a pilot episode that will debut on HOOQ. Together with HOOQ subscribers' viewership, the panel will decide the winning entry to be produced into a complete season.

"I am really looking forward to seeing what creative, original and incredible stories will be developed that reflect the diversity and dynamism of Southeast Asia", says director Jun Robles Lana.

"It is an exciting time for the industry in Asia! The scene is booming and there is a growing appetite for local productions. The HOOQ Filmmakers Guild opens door for undiscovered filmmakers to show Asia and the world what they've got!I want to take this opportunity to call on all aspiring Indonesian filmmakers to leverage on this platform and show your best", says director Joko Anwar.

Director Banjong Pisanthanakun said, "I am proud to be representing Thailand, together with fellow director Adisorn Tresirikasem, in the judging panel of HOOQ Filmmakers Guild. Being a homegrown director myself, I am excited to be on this journey to discover the next batch of emerging talents in the region for the industry to continue to flourish."

Returning for the second year, award-winning Indonesian director and competition judge, Mouly Surya, commented, "I believe we were only scratching the surface in terms of discovering Asian film talents last year and we were already so blown away by the entries. I cannot wait to uncover more hidden gems in this second season".

The search for the next winning story from HOOQ Filmmakers Guild is on and will be open for entries until July 31, 2018.All budding film professionals, be it directors, producers or scriptwriters need only send in scripts and treatments for a TV series idea they have to participate. Submissions can be from Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Cambodia.

Applicants must be either in film school or working as professionals in the film industry with prior film production experience. They are to submit the script and treatment for a mini-series or a full series with a maximum of 13 episodes for a single season in order to qualify. There will be no restriction to genre, however submissions and productions must be in the language of the applicant's country.

The winning series will be part of HOOQ's original productions including Yowis Ben, Ayat Ayat Cinta 2, Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts, Saranair Love You and Bhak, the winning entry of the inaugural HOOQ Filmmakers Guild, scheduled to be released early next year.

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Built in Asia for Asia, HOOQ is Asia's first premium video-on-demand service to launch across the region. HOOQ is a start-up joint venture established in January 2015 by Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. HOOQ delivers over 10,000 Hollywood, regional and local movies and TV shows to customers anytime, anywhere by enabling them to stream and download on their Internet device or platform of choice. HOOQ was also named Best Mobile App in the Media, Film, TV or Video category at the GSMA's Global Mobile (GLOMO) Awards 2016 in Barcelona. HOOQ currently operates in the Philippines, Thailand, India, Indonesia and Singapore with a population footprint of over 1.7 billion people. For more information, visit www.hooq.tv.

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