The competition will showcase 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. For this years competition, HBO is seeking storytellers whose works reflect the modern Asian Pacific American experience.
Submission criteria for the competition are as follows:
- 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
The entries will be judged by HBO executives and representatives as well as leading Asian American media organizations including the San Francisco-based Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) as well as Los Angeles Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) and Visual Communications.
Established in 2016, HBO Visionaries provides an unprecedented platform for emerging filmmakers to share their unique and diverse perspectives of the community. The ambassador and spokesperson for the 2019 HBO Visionaries program is Indian American filmmaker and Insecure actress Sujata Day. Past ambassadors have included Westworld actor Leonardo Nam and Silicon Valleys Jimmy O. Yang.
Visit www.hbovisionaries.com for complete rule and guidelines. Watch the promotional video below for additional details.