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ContentAsia Awards and News & Documentary Emmy Awards, two of the biggest television awards in Asia and U.S. have recently announced their nominations for 2020. GagaOOLala has various originals and selected movies among them. For ContentAsia Awards, the acclaimed original series Unlocked is being nominated for “Best Quarantine-themed Drama/Feature/Programme”, while 5 Lessons in Happiness and Handsome Stewardess are both up for “Best LBGTQ+ Programme Made in Asia" together with Chasing Sunsets (Philippines) and His (Japan), also available on GagaOOLala. For News & Documentary Emmy Awards, the original documentary Made in Boise is being nominated for “Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary”. The ceremony of ContentAsia Awards will be streaming live on August 28; the winners of News & Documentary Emmy Awards will be announced on 22 September. 


(Nominated for ContentAsia Awards for Best Quarantine-themed Drama/Feature/Programme)

Unlocked is an anthology of six stories about gay relationships during the lockdown in the Philippines. This GagaOOLala original Filipino series contains six episodes that follow a single gay man and a call boy, a gay couples live together, a lesbian couple in a long distance relationship, an old and a young gay men, a gay son and his mother, and a bisexual writer. Due to the great response, three new follow-up episodes will be released starting at the end of August.

5 Lessons in Happiness

(Nominated for ContentAsia Awards for Best LBGTQ+ Programme Made in Asia)

Presented by the Berlinale Teddy Award winning Taiwanese director Zero Chou, “5 Lessons in Happiness” is a compilation of five comedy shorts about LGBTQ+ community in Taiwan. In “Little Man” a professional swimmer insecure about his “size;” “Homebound”, a lesbian goes back home 30 years later and tries to win back her sister-in-law; “Throuple”, a wife who cheats on her husband with a woman has to make a choice; “She is My Father”, a pregnant teenage girl seeks help from her father who has become a woman; “Baby Maybe”, a gay teacher hopes to take over the baby of his pregnant student to continue his family’s name.

Handsome Stewardess

(Nominated for ContentAsia Awards for Best LBGTQ+ Programme Made in Asia)

Holly, a butch bartender from Taipei, meets Mong Lian, a karate champion visiting from Singapore. It is love at first sight but the distance between Taiwan and Singapore soon becomes their biggest obstacle. In order to spend more time with Mong Lian, Holly decides to apply for a flight stewardess position at a Singaporean airline. Little does she know the job comes with many gender bias. While Holly is left to sink or swim at her new job, Mong Lian has to figure out how to come out to her parents.

Made in Boise

(nominated for News & Documentary Emmy Awards for Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary)

In Boise, Idaho, a unique business trend is growing - literally. The town has become the unofficial surrogacy capital of America. Filmmaker Beth Aala delicately follows four surrogate mothers and the biological parents of the babies they carry. Finding purpose and power in these pregnancies, the surrogate women create life-changing opportunities for those unable to conceive.

Chasing Sunsets

(nominated for ContentAsia Awards for Best LBGTQ+ Programme Made in Asia)

The first Filipino lesbian web series is the summer love story of Farrah, campsite owner, and Lara, a stranded writer in the campsite due to the lockdown which unveils the truth and lies between each other’s lives. The twist and turns of the lives of Dominic, King, and Cheche on their own journey follow in the quarantine period. (Available on GagaOOLala in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Southeast Asia and South Asia only)


(nominated for ContentAsia Awards for Best LBGTQ+ Programme Made in Asia)

Satoshi is 17 years old and attends 2nd grade in high school. He is apart from his parents and lives alone in the seaside town Fujisawa in Kanagawa. He is passionate about surfing and works at a bathhouse in a hostel on the island Enoshima linked to Fujisawa. Shun is the same age as Satoshi and visits Fujisawa for spring break. They meet and develop a relationship more than a friendship. However, the surfing equipment store owner's daughter Chika has been secretly in love with Shun... (Available on GagaOOLala in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Southeast Asia and South Asia only)

Yi-min lives alone with her son, as her husband works away from home. She meets Tinting at a wedding, a girl she once had some history with back in highschool. Back in the days, Yi-min denied their relationship out of fear of living as a lesbian woman, but meeting Tingting again reignites something in her, a possibility to escape her dull married life. Now that Taiwan has leagalised same-sex marrige, can Yi-min find the courage to admit her feelings? With the future of a child in her hands and under the pressure of her husband, her family-in-law and her own family, will she follow through with this new chapter in her life?

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