Southeast Asia video-on-demand service HOOQ has announced the judges for the second season of “Filmmakers Guild”, including directors Banjong Pisanthanakun and Adisorn Tresirikasem of Thailand, Mouly Surya and Joko Anwar of Indonesia and Jun Robles Lana of the Philippines and award-winning Filipino actress Agot Isidro.
Chief content officer Jennifer Batty said the judges had “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 our commitment to supporting 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 select the region’s most imaginative scripts and together with HOOQ help turn the stories into realities.
US$30,000 will be spent turning five selected scripts into a pilot episode that will debut on HOOQ, and the judges and viewers will decide which one deserves 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,” Robles Lana said.
“This is an exciting time for the industry in Asia,” Anwar added. “The scene is booming and there is a growing appetite for local productions. ‘HOOQ Filmmakers Guild’ opens the door for undiscovered filmmakers to show Asia and the world what they’ve got.”
Banjong said he was “proud to be representing Thailand with Adisorn on the judging panel”.
“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.”
Surya, returning for the second year, said the judges and producers “were only scratching the surface in terms of discovering Asian talents last year, and yet we were blown away by the entries. I cannot wait to uncover more hidden gems in the second season.”
The winning series will be part of HOOQ’s original productions including “Yowis Ben”, “Ayat Ayat Cinta 2”, “Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts” and “Saranair Love You”.