BALI – Balinale – Bali International Film Festival wrapped its 12th installment last month. The Festival continues to establish itself as a key player in promoting Indonesian cinema, art, and culture, as well as contributing to the growth of the Indonesian film and television industry. Festival Founder Deborah Gabinetti is representing the Festival in attending several overseas industry events in the following months, beginning with Tokyo International Film Festival in October.
Deborah will take part in the Film Programmers Conference for Networking of SEA and Japan, where she will discuss with other Southeast Asian Festivals, developing international collaboration and expanding partnerships within the region.
As one of the Founding Members of the Asian Film Commissions Network (AFCNet), Deborah will also be representing the 18 AFCNet member countries in the American Film Market in California this November. The annual industry event will host over 7,000 decision-makers from more than 80 countries with conferences, screenings, and roundtable discussions. Deborah will promote and bring exposure to Balinale and AFCNet in its efforts in advancing the growth of regional filmmaking.
Balinale 2018 concluded on a high note, bringing a record number of 94 filmmakers in attendance for its diverse program of 105 films from 35 countries, including 35 premieres. The Festival also featured movies directed by 26 females. The Festival was held 24 – 30 September and expanded across two Cinemaxx Theaters venues in Bali, where filmmakers presented local and international stories to 9,000 Festival guests.
A number of films featured in Balinale 2018 have been nominated at the 2018 Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA): Hirokazu Koreeda’s Shoplifters (Japan), Talal Derki’s Of Fathers and Sons (Syrian Arab Republic, Lebanon, Qatar, Germany), Hsin Yin Sung’s On Happiness Road (Taiwan), along with Festival Friend Lee Chang-dong’s Burning (Korea).
Balinale Film In Competition, Sattar Chamani Gol’s Golnesa (Iran) was also in competition at APSA. Additionally, Indonesia’s Garin Nugroho is in the running for the Cultural Diversity Award Under Patronage of UNESCO, for Memories of My Body (Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku).
The Festival’s annual BalinaleX Industry Forum brought together nearly 90 filmmakers, investors, and industry professionals from around the world to discuss the potential in local stories and opportunities for co-production. Longstanding industry experts shared insight and opened the floor to discussions regarding challenges and commercial opportunities within the film and television industry both locally and internationally.
In its continued commitment to encourage the development of Indonesian youth, Balinale’s educational program included workshops, a free Children’s Program, and a captivating virtual reality showing of Valen’s Reef by Conservation International. The Festival carried on with its internship program, welcoming ten interns from around the world, providing them with opportunities to further explore their interests in the entertainment and creative industries.
Roland Joffé in Indonesia
Balinale Special Guest Roland Joffé received Balinale’s first Bali Taksu Award for his inspired creativity in exposing audiences to worlds and cultures beyond their own. This was presented by Festival Patron Ibu Tri Suswati Tito Karnavian.
Having been present throughout the Festival, Joffé provided constructive feedback regarding the Indonesian film industry. He pointed out the apparent struggle of Indonesia wrestling with its history and figuring out how to tell their story in a voice that is uniquely their own. He also noted the “certain visual lushness” in these movies and acknowledged that Indonesia is certainly catching up with technology, as seen through impressive cinematography.
Known for his Oscar-winning films The Killing Fields (1984) and The Mission (1986), and most recently the highly-acclaimed The Forgiven (2018), Joffé has shot in locations around the world such as Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay, Thailand and South Africa. He extended his stay to further develop his latest project Mata Hari, a story which heavily features the Indonesian culture and people.
Joffé went scouting for filming locations in East Java with a team from Bali Film Center. He expressed his impression of Indonesia, saying that the country “embodies everything that is rather beautiful about South East Asia, with its own particular spice.” He will return to Indonesia in the near future to move this project forward.
About Balinale – Bali International Film Festival
BALINALE – BALI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL was established in 2007. Organized by the Bali Film Center, the festival has screened numerous local and international films for thousands of film enthusiasts, while also attracting leading directors, actors, and producers from Indonesia and around the world.
Official Festival Partners include Cinemaxx Theaters as Official Venue Partner, Aryaduta Bali and Ayodya Resort Bali as Official Hotel Partners, and Bank Rakyat Indonesia as Key Festival Sponsor. Variety, All Film Magazine, Now! Jakarta, and Now! Bali are Official Media Partners. Sony Pictures, The Walt Disney Company, and 20th Century Fox are the festival’s Studio Supporters. Balinale’s Institutional Partners are Taipei Economic Trade Office, Jakarta, Embassy of Ireland, Institut Français, and Japan Foundation.