HBO launches first film competition for AAPI directors

HBO has put on a film competition for Asian American Pacific Islander directors for the first time.

HBO Asian Pacific American Visionaries invites short films by APAs that tell the stories of directors’ experiences to compete for three slots in the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, coming April 2017, as well as the opportunity to premiere their work on HBO during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May. Cash prizes will also be awarded, with $5,000 going to the first-place winner.

According to HBO, judges will include HBO executives and industry experts; the deadline is Nov. 7.

“At a time when the most personal of stories are also the most universal, the diversity of our storytellers is more important than ever,” HBO’s VP of Multicultural Marketing Jackie Gagne said in a statement. “Our competition is designed to celebrate the unique experiences and unsung talent that exist within the Asian Pacific American community.”

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