HOOQ FILMMAKERS GUILD ANNOUNCES AN ADDITIONAL 5 WILDCARDS

Entertainment Press Releases Thursday November 30, 2017 15:21
Bangkok--30 Nov--Immediate Resources
THE GUILD'S JUDGES SELECT FIVE MORE ENTRIES FOR SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT

After recently selecting its top six entries for the HOOQ Filmmakers Guild, HOOQ – the largest Video on Demand service in South-East Asia, has selected five more submissions for script development. The selections are Crazy in Love (Indonesia), Golden Star (Philippines), Merit Score (Thailand), ReLie (Thailand) and Trips (Singapore). Commissioned scripts that are compelling will then get a chance to be turned into a pilot episode as well.

While these submissions are not ready to be developed into pilots, they hold enough merit and potential to become compelling stories that will appeal to audiences around South-East Asia. HOOQ is investing in the potential of these ideas by developing them into scripts.

"The HOOQ Filmmakers Guild has really highlighted the immense talent out in Asia and the selection process for the top six pilots announced earlier was not an easy task. The fact that we could pick out five more brilliant ideas on top of the six we already chose for pilot development means this region is a hot bed for creative talent. We are excited and committed to developing these talents and helping them turn their vision into your next favourite series!" Said Peter Bithos, Chief Executive Officer of HOOQ.

FIVE POTENTIAL PILOTS IN THE MAKING
The five submissions bookmarked for script development are as follows:

Merit Score by Lit Samajarn from Thailand follows the story of 25-year-old entertainment diva and mean queen Nadia, who meets an untimely end in a movie accident. Determined to do whatever it takes to get into Heaven, she has to improve her meagre merit score, secure enough brownie points and karma in the next 30 days.

The other Thai submission is ReLie by Nirattisai Ratphithak. This thriller revolves around a wildly popular mobile32game app that becomes all too real for a group of university students when the players begin dying one by one. To stop the deaths, they need to figure out who the murderer is, but doing so leads them to face the unexpected truth that is much bigger than what they would ever imagine.

From Singaporean Xavier Ong comes Trips, about a down-on-his-luck model who joins a host club so he can earn enough money to marry his girlfriend. However, he soon finds himself being drawn deeper and deeper into a world where love and money are nebulously entwined and the only way to survive, is to lose yourself.

The Philippines is represented by Jed Cyril Punongbayan of We Love Motion Inc. under Go Motion Productions. He created Golden Star, the story of a 48-year-old mother of three who tries to secure a better future for herself and her family by entering the tricky world of show business.

Finally, Indonesia's Mahakarya Pictures and Aditya Testarossa present Crazy In Love, an offbeat romance about plain jane Kinanti, who gets a peculiar gift from a mysterious stranger – a lip colour that will make fall in love with her through a single kiss. When Aaron, a famous celebrity, accidently kisses her, Kinanti's destiny changes completely.

The HOOQ Filmmakers Guild drew nearly 500 submissions for original content from across the region. The submissions drew from a large range of genres and styles, ranging from science fiction to historical dramas. The confirmed 2017 selections are Bhak (India), Suay (Thailand), Haunt Me (Singapore), How To Be A Good Girl (Singapore), Aliansi (Indonesia) and Heaven and Hell (Indonesia) with any of the 5, commisioned for script development, having the potential to join them.

HOW TO GET HOOQ

It's easy to get HOOQ'd. Customers can simply download the HOOQ app from Apple Store or Google Play, sign up or log in, to access HOOQ's extensive library of Hollywood and Asian hits. Find out more and sign up today for a 7-day free trial at www.hooq.tv and pay for the subscription through credit card.

About HOOQ

Built in Asia for Asia, HOOQ is Asia's first premium video-on-demand service to launch across the region. 32HOOQ is a start-up joint venture established in January 2015 by Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. HOOQ delivers over 10,000 Hollywood, regional and local movies and TV shows to customers anytime, anywhere by enabling them to stream and download on their Internet device or platform of choice. HOOQ was also named Best Mobile App in the Media, Film, TV or Video category at the GSMA's Global Mobile (GLOMO) Awards 2016 in Barcelona. HOOQ currently operates in the Philippines, Thailand, India, Indonesia and Singapore with a population footprint of over 1.7 billion people. For more information, visit www.hooq.tv.

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