PHILIPPINES, 03 July 2017
HOOQ – the largest Video on Demand service in South East Asia – today announces their latest addition to the judging panel is renowned director Erik Matti who will lend his hand in the selection progress of this South-East Asia wide project that aims at turning the most imaginative TV series ideas of filmmakers into reality, thus celebrating Asia, the nation from which great TV arises.
“I believe the Philippines still has a lot of undiscovered filmmakers out there just waiting for their big break. The HOOQ Filmmakers Guild, will give these aspiring filmmakers a chance to see their ideas become reality, and hopefully inspire others puraue their dream,” says Director Erik Matti.
Matti is the third judge announced on the region that will helm the selection process of the five pilots to be produced and the full series thereafter. The other 2 judges announced are from Indonesia – Mouly Surya, a critically acclaimed director of “Marlina The Murderer in Four Acts” which was recently screened at the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes and Nicholas Saputra, an award-winning actor (Ada Apa Dengan Cinta?) and documentary producer.
“There is incredible talent dor TV Series making in Asia, and we want to give opportunities to film professionals to turn these amazing ideas into reality. HOOQ is built in Asia for Asia and we want to give Asian filmmakers the power to create quality entertainment that gives our customers that escape into worlds of romance, action, adventure, and even heroism, all in the setting of their backyard. HOOQ Filmmakers Guild does just that, making Asia the nation from which great TV arises!” Said Chied Executive Officer of HOOQ, Mr. Peter Bithos.
The largest Video on Demand calls for film professionals, be it directors, producers or scriptwriters to send in scripts and treatments for a TV series idea they have. From these, the five best scripts, regionally, will be given a funding of USD$30,000 to be converted into a pilot episode that will debut on HOOQ. Submissions can be from Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Cambodia. The best out of these five pilot episodes, decided by HOOQ subscribers and a star-studded judging panel consisting of the top film talents around Asia as well as Hollywood (to be announced), will be converted into a full series produced and aired on HOOQ.
The search for the HOOQ Filmmaker Guild began June 5, 2017 and will be open for entries until August 15, 2017.
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 new original productions including Critical Eleven and Sweet 20 which hit cinemas last month while Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts and OTJ 2 are scheduled to come out later this 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.