Last July, HOOQ announced an opportunity for filmmakers from Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Cambodia to send in their scripts and treatments for a 13-episode series. Out of all the submissions, six would be given a chance to make their pilot episodes, with the best one getting a grant to create the whole series.
Now that the competition is nearing its end, the final script submissions have just been announced:
Bhak, India's winning entry, is about two filmmakers in the Bollywood film industry and explores themes of passion, betrayal and love. It is written by Arjun Chatterjee and Shreyom Gosh.
Suay is Thailand's winning entry and follows Lola, a gay dancer who receives a severed ear from his best friend and mentor, Carly. He then takes up his old mantle as a private detective in order to solve the mystery and delve into the seedier parts of Bangkok. It is written by Marcelo von Schwartz.
Haunt Me is one of the Singaporean winners which centers on Kwong, a widower who moves back with his family and discovers their shared destiny of ferrying lost souls to the ethereal plane. It is written by Oman Dhas and Goh Ming Siu.
How to Be A Good Girl from Abundant Productions is the second Singapore winner and follows Frances Lee, a socialite turned ex-convict who tries to pick up the pieces after her time in jail.
Aliansi by Muttaqiena Imaamaa is one of two Indonesian winners and is an offbeat comedy following a failed Jakarta-based creative executive who, with the help of a sketchy millionaire, creates ad campaigns to prove that aliens are real.
Bobby Prabowo and Eric Tiwa's Heaven and Hell is the other Indonesian entry which tells about an Eastern Indonesian mafia gang war. In the center of this story is Chris, a local of Darmaga Batu who realizes that the only way he can protect his jailed father is to become the head of the crime world.
Five other submissions were also chosen by HOOQ for script development. While these scripts won't be turned into pilots, they have the potential to become stories which will make for compelling TV.
Merit Score by Thai writer Lit Samajarn follows Nadia, a 25-year-old diva who dies in a movie accident. Because she's been such a butthole while alive, she now has to increase her merit karma score within 30 days in order to get to Heaven.
ReLie is another Thai entry and talks about a highly-addictive mobile app in which players start dying one by one. A group of university students then has to get to the bottom of the mystery ala-Scooby Doo. It is written by Nirattisai Ratphithak.
Trips is a Singaporean story written by Xavier Ong about a model who joins a host club in order to earn enough money to marry his girlfriend. He soon finds the lines between money and love blurred.
Golden Star is a Philippine script written by Jed Cyril Punongbayan and is a story about a 48-year-old mother of three who attempts to support her children by joining the world of show business.
Lastly, Crazy in Love, written by Indonesia's Mahakarya Pictures and Aditya Testarossa, centers on Kinanti, a normal girl who receives a stick of liptick from a stranger which makes anyone who kisses her fall in love in her. It just so happens that when a famous celebrity named Aaron accidentally kisses her, Kinanti's life get s changed forever.
Out of nearly 500 submissions, these scripts impressed HOOQ the most.