Contrary to popular belief, not all local Filipino films and television shows consist of overacted dramas that are catered towards household helpers. Some of them are pretty smart. Whereas many mainstream motion pictures feature cheating husbands and poorly choreographed catfights, indie productions take on topics ranging from corruption to local children's games.
Last Tuesday, HOOQ formally announced that it will be launching the Filmmakers Guild, a contest that upholds such talents in the industry. Why they would call it a guild instead of a contest, no one really knows. To add to the misleading title, the competition doesn't involve actual movies, but rather gives filmmakers, scriptwriters, and producers all over Southeast Asia a chance at making their own TV series.
Let's dial it back a bit.
Starting from June 5 all the way to August 15, aspiring film professionals and film school students from Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, or Cambodia may send in their scripts and treatments for a series with a maximum of 13 episodes. Though there are no genre restrictions, the catch is that all entries must be in the creator's native language (so making a Bollywood drama is out of the picture for a Filipino).
These ideas will be then screened by a panel consisting of talents such as critically-acclaimed directors Mouly Surya and Erik Matti, as well as award-winning actor and documentary producer Nicholas Saputra. Though the announced judges all hail from the south side of Asia, other Hollywood talents are said to feature as panelists, too.
Out of all the directors, playwrights, and thespians, five finalists will be given a grant of $30,000 each to make a pilot episode for their series. And while ditching the entire contest and making off with all that money seems like a good idea, the respective criminal will miss out on the biggest prize of all: a grant of $30,000 for each episode that comprises his or her TV show that will be aired on HOOQ. This final stage of the competition is too much for just a couple of highbrowed film professionals to judge, so HOOQ subscribers will also play a huge role in determining who gets their 13 episodes of fame.If you want to know more about the contest or think that your 20 years of living would make for a good documentary, you can submit your entry over at the Filmmakers Guild's official webpage.