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BALINALE Another great success for movie goers and industry
he sixth annual Balinale International Film Festival saw filmmakers from around the globe descend on the island on October 22-28.
The festival opened with the world premiere of Salman Aristo’s Jakarta Hati presented by the director and attended by actors Slamet Rahardjo, Roy Marten, Dwi Sasono , Agni Pratistha, Shahnaz Haque, Framly Nainggolan, and long-time Festival Friends Didi Petet and Jajang C. Noer and producer Lavesh Samtani.
Officially closing with Lovely Man by director Teddy Soeriaatmadja, the festival’s foundation also presented its free annual children’s film program through the weekend. The program is a mix of local and international films along with film industry forums and conducts a half a dozen free workshops for filmmakers throughout the year. Regional and domestic advisors and speakers include Oscar, Emmy, BAFTA and Cannes award winning filmmakers who have generously contributed to the program over the years.
Two seminars on scriptwriting were part of Balinale and conducted by Gabrielle Kelly, screenwriter, producer and Associate Professor of Film at Tisch Asia, Singapore. A film industry forum supported by Motion Picture Association International (MPA-I) discussed the contribution of the local film industry to the Indonesian economy, government initiatives to support its film industry, increasing collaboration between Asia and the world, and local industry filmmakers’ current concerns. Sitting on the panels were Euis Saedah, Ministry of Industry’s director general of small and medium industries, Leo Shi Young, screenwriter and executive producer of The Flowers of War by Zhang Yimou, Edward B. Neubronner, vice president and regional operations officer, Asia-Pacific, for the MPA-I, Donna Smith, former studio executive and Cinema Completions International officer. Also participating and presenting films during the festival, Manoj Padamu and Carl Valiquet director of Bagus Bagus.
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