Jun Lana and Agot Isidro Join Panel of Judges of HOOQ Filmmakers Guild Season 2

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 an esteemed and star-studded panel consisting of the top film talents around Asia who will select 5 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 full-blown 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.”

New Roster of Judges

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

Isidro 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.” Lana 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, Isidro and Lana will select five of the best scripts as finalists.

Prize and Prestige

The chosen scripts from the participating countries; Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Cambodia will be given USD$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 mid May and will be open for entries until 31 July 2018. Applicants must be working as professionals in the film 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 information, please visit website

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