Australian Embassy

Young Indonesian Filmmakers Compete for a Trip to Australia

Media Release

12 October 2016

Film students and independent film makers had the opportunity to fine tune their skills and compete for a trip to Australia by entering the inaugural Festival Sinema Australia Indonesia (FSAI) Short Film Competition, launched today.

Australian Charge D’Affaires to Indonesia, Dr Justin Lee and award-winning director and producer Joko Anwar have launched the Short Film Competition during a day of specialist workshops for film makers.

The films, of less than 15 minutes may be in any genre: fiction, non-fiction (documentary), animation, horror, comedy or drama, but they have to be original, memorable and enduring.

Each film will be reviewed by a panel of experts who will select seven finalists to be screened as part of the Australian Embassy’s Festival Sinema Australia Indonesia in January 2017 (FSAI17).

The winner, to be announced at FSAI17, will receive a Grand Jury Prize of a trip to Australia to attend the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Dr Lee said film is a powerful platform to tell unique, engaging stories.

“We hope the competition and today’s workshops will help uncover new talent in filmmaking, and connect them with established filmmakers such as Joko Anwar,” Dr Lee said.

Joko Anwar and Melbourne International Film Festival Programmer Thomas Caldwell presented workshops on Short Film Story building and Scriptwriting and How to Make Your Short Film ‘International Film Festival’ Worthy.

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