According to Deadline Hollywood, HBO has just announced the 2019 Asian Pacific American (APA) Visionaries Short Film Competition call-for-entries. The 2019 edition also has a new spokesperson, actress Sujata Day of INSECURE.

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

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 VALLEY‘S Jimmy O. Yang.

Before they’re broadcast on HBO, the finalists will world premiere theatrically at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF), which is held in early May as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Filmmaker Dinh Thai won in 2017 with his gripping short film MONDAY, which I personally loved.

This year’s three finalists were equally impressive as well. You can read more about the winning films and interviews with the filmmakers over at HBO’s site.

Overall, what HBO is doing is very impressive because it’s sustainable, annual and not a one-shot initiative to make the company look all “nice nice” in promoting diversity. The network is generally looking to discover the next Justin Lin or Jon M. Chu.

And with AT&T being the new owners of the network that brought you GAME OF THRONES and WESTWORLD and driving them to become a major rival to Netflix, initiatives like this to find the next big filmmaker will get them ahead of the game.

So, if you’re an APA emerging filmmaker, what are you waiting for? Apply now and check out the past winners if you are an HBO subscriber.

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