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Asian video streaming service Hooq is launching the third season of its Filmmakers Guild initiative to encourage the region’s creative talent and bring their stories to viewers.

Hooq LogoHooq expects over 500 entries to be submitted this year, from entrants either in film school or film industry professionals with production experience in countries such as India, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

The judging panel will comprise film talents from around Asia, who will shortlist five scripts to be developed into pilots. This year, Hooq plans to increase its investment in the development of each pilot episode by 30% to US$40,000. The best out of the five pilot episodes, decided by Hooq subscribers, will be made into a complete season to be aired on Hooq.

“We know that great stories have the ability to transcend boundaries, and as the leading video-on-demand service in Southeast Asia, we want to give budding filmmakers the chance to share the stories that matter to them across the region,” said Hooq head original productions Bryan Seah.

"This isn’t just about finding the next big talent, it’s also a chance for filmmakers in Southeast Asia and India to really show what they can do.”

A script and treatment for a mini-series or a full series with a maximum of 13 episodes for a single season must be entered in order to qualify, with entries being accepted until 30 September 2019.

Submissions and productions can be in any genre but must be in the language of the applicant’s country.