Australian Embassy

Celebrating Creativity and Diversity at Festival Sinema Australia Indonesia

Media Release

13 February 2020

The Indonesian premiere of Australian romantic-comedy Top End Wedding tonight opened Festival Sinema Australia Indonesia (FSAI) 2020, a celebration of creativity and diversity in the Australian and Indonesian film industries.

FSAI, now in its fifth year, will be held in Jakarta, Surabaya, Makassar, Bandung, Mataram and – for the first time – Yogyakarta.

FSAI 2020 is presented by Australia Connect, an exciting program of events in Indonesia in 2019 and 2020 showcasing Australia’s thriving creative sectors through music, film, food and art.

“Film provides a window into other cultures and our selection of Australian and Indonesian films by Australian alumni gives an insight into the creativity and diversity of both our countries,” said Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Gary Quinlan.

As well as bringing a diverse range of films to Indonesian audiences, FSAI offers opportunities for film students and emerging filmmakers to learn from Australian filmmakers and alumni.

Imogen Thomas, writer and director of the Indigenous family drama Emu Runner, attended the festival opening in Jakarta and will deliver master classes and audience Q&As in Jakarta and Mataram with the support of the festival’s partner Qantas.

Simon Wilmot, senior lecturer in film from Deakin University, will also deliver master classes to young filmmakers in Surabaya and Yogyakarta.

Mr Wilmot will also join Sahabat FSAI 2020 and Australian alumni Daniel Mananta to present a master class on kick-starting your career in the film industry to aspiring filmmakers in Jakarta.

“Australia is world-renowned for its expertise in filmmaking and film studies and FSAI is an ideal platform to share knowledge and skills.”

Tickets to all screenings are free and available at

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