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The Brief

HOOQ is looking for Asia-based filmmakers to create a unique TV series to stream on HOOQ.

Overall there are eight briefs running simultaneously for HOOQ to find five filmmakers throughout South East Asia (Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Cambodia) to create relevant content for each market.

HOOQ intend to commission five filmmakers to create pilot episodes from across the eight briefs. The best performing pilot episode will then be given additional budget to produce the full series.

To pitch a submission, please click on the hyperlinks below for your relevant country:

Further Details

At this stage, filmmakers are invited to pitch their pilot idea and treatment for a series that would be relevant and resonate with viewers across Asia. The winning pilot will get the entire series produced by HOOQ. Each pilot can be as short as 20 minutes or up to 60 minutes long.

Our panel of esteemed judges will review the ideas and scripts and the best five ideas from around the region will be given USD 30,000 each to produce their pilot. All pilots will then make their way onto HOOQ for the judges and HOOQ subscribers to decide which is the best pilot where the entire series will be produced for HOOQ. The series could consist of between four episodes or up to thirteen episodes for an entire season.


We would like filmmakers to clearly outline their idea via a creative treatment and a sample of the script (at least 10 pages) along with examples of your work and showreel. Whilst we are only looking for a pitch for a pilot, it is worth thinking about how you would develop this further into a full series.

Treatments will be reviewed dependent on 'local' expertise, and filmmakers should only pitch if they have experience shooting in the destination and their concept is culturally relevant.

  • 5 June - 15 August: Open for submissions.
  • 15 - 30 August: Judging panel will review and shortlist submissions.
  • End August: 5 filmmakers will be awarded with USD 30,000 to produce the pilot.
  • September - October: Production for filmmakers.
  • 30 October: Pilot submission deadline.
  • 1 - 30 November: Pilot judging period on HOOQ.
  • 15 December: Announcement of winning pilot. Any announcement date changes will be communicated by HOOQ.

The commissioned episodes will air on HOOQ and the best performer along with the judges selection will be given the budget to have the pilot made into a full series up to 13 episodes.

Judging Criteria

Each brief submission will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity.
  • Originality.
  • Market relevance.

HOOQ’s decision will be final and exercised in its sole discretion.

Each pilot episode shall be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Viewership of the Pilot Episode on HOOQ’s service.
  • Creativity.
  • Originality.
  • Market relevance.

HOOQ’s decision will be final and exercised in its sole discretion.

Submission Restrictions
  • Filmmakers must have credentials in the film industry, either as a working professional across any aspect of film production, e.g. scriptwriter, director, producer etc, or is currently a film school student.
  • Submissions are open to anyone in the film industry, provided you are 18+ and can provide your showreel.
  • Filmmakers can only submit one treatment/idea per market. You will have an opportunity to pitch for more than one market, however only one of your treatments will be chosen in total.
  • Majority of your production must take place in the country of your submission.
  • Foreigners may participate in their country of residence or submit according to the language of the country they are submitting under.
  • Majority of script submitted must take place in the regions noted above, and may cross borders within the region. However 100% out of region stories will not be accepted.

Additional Details
  • Your TV series can be based on a mini-series or up to 13 episodes for an entire season.
  • There is no restriction on genre.
  • All submissions must be produced in the language of your country of submission.
  • Total budget for each episode is capped at USD 30,000.

Additional Terms

  1. Any tax liability arising out of these Rules are your sole responsibility.
  2. HOOQ Digital Pte Ltd's decision shall be exercised in its sole and absolute discretion.
  3. HOOQ Digital Pte Ltd reserves the rights to modify or cancel the Brief or its Rules, at any time, in its sole absolute discretion and without prior notice and in accordance with clause 2.7 'Cancelling Briefs, Direct Commissions or Re-Edits' of Genero's terms. In the event of a cancellation of the Brief prior to production commencing, HOOQ may at its absolute discretion elect not to award the Filmmaker Budget.
  4. In the event that your Submission is shortlisted by HOOQ and in consideration of your receipt of the funding, you agree to execute such documentations as may be required by HOOQ.
  5. By submitting the Submission, you expressly consent to the disclosure of your personal information to HOOQ Digital Pte Ltd for the purposes of administrating this Brief.
  6. Filmmakers will be paid directly by HOOQ subject to contract. Each filmmaker will receive 50% of the budget upon commissioning and 50% on delivery of the final pilots.

Creative Direction

Series made for TV within South-East-Asia are generally conservative, and as HOOQ content is streamed digitally, we have an opportunity for the original content to be more edgy and expressive in the choice of subject and genre.

HOOQ have not specified the genre for the content, but the series must feel local and culturally relevant to each market.

Here's an example of HOOQ's latest original content that was created for the Philippines.

Clearances Required

TV/Broadcast: Global/Worldwide, in perpetuity , including talent and music.

All other Media: Global/Worldwide, in perpetuity, including talent and music.

Audio Requirements

It will be down to the filmmaker to propose music, sound effects and a voice over if necessary.

All videos must be produced in the language of your country of submission.

Video Deliverables

Video length:

A 'pilot' episode (between 20 minutes to 60 minutes long).

Delivery format:

MPEG or MP4 for digital use. HD. Aspect ratio: 16:9.

To pitch a submission, please click on the hyperlinks below for your relevant country:

View full brief


Project Results

Project closed: Aug 15, 2017
Videos submitted