Indonesia is Ready to Collaborate on Films on an International Scale

ASIATODAY.ID, JAKARTA – The Indonesian film industry has stated that it is ready to collaborate with international parties to produce films on a global scale. This came to the fore in the 2024 Hong Kong International Film Festival & TV Market (FILMART) talk show.

“Currently, the variety of themes raised in Indonesian films is enriching the film industry,” said Special Staff to the Director General of Culture of the Indonesian Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology, Alex Sihar in an official statement in Jakarta, Wednesday, March 20 2024.

In the first talk show at the Indonesian Pavilion entitled “A Close Look at Indonesia’s Film Industry”, Alex said that the diversity of themes had brought the nation’s film world to grow rapidly in the last few decades.

This can be proven by the number of screens in Indonesia which will grow to 2,700 screens in 2024, higher than in 2006 when there were only around 700 screens.

This growth cannot be separated from the increase in the quality of film production with the use of regional languages ​​and regional dialects which have their own attraction for the Indonesian market.

BASE Entertainment Co-Founder & Co-Chief Executive Officer Shanty Harmayn agrees that the development of the Indonesian film industry can also be seen from the processing of Intellectual Property (IP).

The success of developing IP can be seen from the presence of the Gadis Kretek series on the Netflix digital film platform. From what was originally just a novel, the story has now become a successful series on the global stage. Another example is the adaptation of the novel Dilan: Dia Is Dilanku in 1990 into several film titles and chocolate food products.

Meanwhile, Producer Yulia Evina Bhara added that what needs to be developed in the Indonesian film industry at this time is developing human resources, both in terms of film makers and acting talent.

“Beyond seeking collaboration with various parties locally and internationally, we continue to open up opportunities to discover new talents in the film industry. We are always looking for or forming new talented filmmakers, and until now film festivals have become one of the places that can be used as a forum for developing new filmmaker,” said Yulia.

Then in the second talk show entitled “Capturing Wonderful Indonesia: Film Locations and Production Assets” which was attended by government representatives and important figures in the Indonesian film industry, the focus was on Indonesia’s readiness to collaborate in terms of filming locations, infrastructure and film activities in Indonesia.

With the hope of inviting further collaboration in highlighting the beauty and richness of Indonesia through the camera lens.

Previously, Indonesia had collaborated with an international production house entitled Forza which chose Bali as one of its filming locations. Apart from that, the film Monkey Man by Dev Patel was also shot in the interior of Indonesia.

Apart from Bali, Indonesia also has many destinations that are suitable as filming locations. These include Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Borobudur in Central Java, Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara, and Likupang in North Sulawesi. (ATN)

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