HBO Announces Short Film Competition

HBO Short Film Competition
HBO Short Film Competition

HBO announced Wednesday the call for entries for its third annual Asian Pacific American Visionaries, a leading short film competition showcasing cinematic storytellers of Asian and Pacific Islander descent.

The top three winners will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to premiere their works on HBO and/or its on-demand, digital and/or social platforms.

Established in 2016, HBO Visionaries provides a platform for emerging filmmakers to share their diverse perspectives of the community.

For this year’s competition, HBO is seeking innovative storytellers whose works reflect the modern Asian Pacific American experience.

Serving as the ambassador and spokesperson for the 2019 HBO Visionaries program is Indian American actress Sujata Day. Previous ambassadors have included Westworld’s Leonardo Nam and Silicon Valley’s Jimmy O. Yang.

Submission criteria for HBO Visionaries includes:

  • Running time: 10-15 minutes, inclusive of credits
  • Films must have been directed by a person of Asian or Pacific Islander descent
  • Director must be a resident of one of the 50 United States or Washington, D.C.
  • Films must be in the English language or contain English subtitles (common phrases acceptable)
  • Films must be a major festival premiere
  • Films must have commenced principal photography on or after October 1, 2017
  • Films must not have had any previous exhibition on broadcast or cable
  • Employees of HBO and other WarnerMedia entity and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate

Judges for the competition include HBO executives and representatives from leading Asian American media organizations including the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) and Visual Communications.

For complete rules and guidelines, visit here. All submissions are due by Wednesday, November 14 at 11:59 p.m. EST. You can follow the conversation on social media using #hbovisionaries.

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