The Philippine Star

HOOQ calls for entries from Phl talents


HOOQ, the largest Video-on-Demand service in Southeast Asia, is embarking on Season 2 of the HOOQ Filmmakers Guild search for five scripts to be produced into pilot episodes.

With the success of the pilot season, HOOQ Filmmakers Guild once again gives filmmakers and film students a chance to turn their most imaginativ­e TV series ideas into reality. Preliminar­y judging will be done by a star-studded panel consisting of the top film talents around Asia who will select five scripts to be turned into pilots. Together with HOOQ subscriber­s’ viewership, the grand winner will be chosen from these pilots and then produced into a fullblown series.

Sheila Paul, HOOQ Philippine­s country manager, said, “The second season is inspired by the success of Season 1. We hope that HOOQ’s continued support for filmmakers in the region via HOOQ Filmmakers Guild encourages more Filipino screenplay writers and storytelle­rs to submit their scripts.”

Jeffrey Remigio, content and programmin­g head at HOOQ Philippine­s, pointed out, “There are so many talented Asian filmmakers but it’s about time a Filipino makes it to the finals and take the prize.”

HOOQ named two new judges from the Philippine­s to complete the panel for this year: Agot Isidro, known for her portrayals in Changing Partners, Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsN­ot Enough and Mga Mumunting Lihim, and Jun Robles Lana whose directoria­l work includes Die Beautiful, Bwakaw and Anino sa Likod ng Buwan.

Agot said, ”We are very excited to see the depth of talent from the region’s filmmakers. I have always believed that all they ever needed was a good break and this is it.”

Direk Jun added, “These are truly exciting times for Asian filmmakers and I am very proud to be part of it.”

Along with the judges from the rest of the region, they will select five of the best scripts as finalists. The chosen scripts from the participat­ing countries; Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Philippine­s, Vietnam, Malaysia and Cambodia will be given $30,000 each to produce a pilot episode which will premiere on HOOQ. Regional judges will name the Best Pilot and soon be converted into a full series exclusivel­y on HOOQ in 2019.

HOOQ Filmmakers Guild 2018 started midMay and will be open for entries until July 31. Applicants must be working as profession­als in the movie industry with prior film production experience. They are to submit the script and treatment for a series with a maximum of 13 episodes for a single season to qualify. There will be no restrictio­n to genre, however, submission­s and production­s must be in the language of the applicant’s country. For more details, log on to­guild2018-ph.

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