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Agency to host pitching, financing forum for Indonesian film projects

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Tue, September 19, 2017 | 04:10 pm
Agency to host pitching, financing forum for Indonesian film projects

The Akatara Indonesian Film Financing Forum seeks to serve as a meeting hub between filmmakers and investors from different sectors. (Shutterstock/File)

The Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) is set to hold the first film pitching and financing forum for Indonesian film projects from Nov. 15 to 16 in Jakarta.

The Akatara Indonesian Film Financing Forum seeks to serve as a meeting hub between filmmakers and investors from different sectors.

“The event will be presented like a gathering; it will also feature presentations [of selected film projects] and speakers who will discuss film investment schemes in Indonesia, film-based tourism and how brands can utilize film as a platform," said Akatara program director Alex Sihar on Monday. 

Filmmakers who want to join the forum can start by creating an account on indonesianfilmfinancing.id. The website features a guide on what to submit, such as a detailed story idea, a synopsis, a storyboard, a production timeline, production budgeting, a portfolio and a maximum six-minute teaser. The submission deadline is Oct. 21.

A total of 40 film projects will later be selected and reviewed by investors.

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Bekraf research, education and development deputy head Abdur Rohim Boy Berawi (right), alongside Akatara program director Alex Sihar, speaks at a press conference in Jakarta on Monday.Bekraf research, education and development deputy head Abdur Rohim Boy Berawi (right), alongside Akatara program director Alex Sihar, speaks at a press conference in Jakarta on Monday. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)

“Twelve participants will also be given the opportunity to present their film projects on stage in front of the investors,” Alex said.

Additionally, two out of the 40 film projects had been entered into a "feature lab" collaboration program between Bekraf and TorinoFilmLab, a Turin-based incubator that supports those working on their first and second fiction feature films.

Meanwhile, Bekraf also collaborated with stakeholders -- the Indonesian Film Body (BPI) and the Indonesian Film Directors Club (IFDC) -- to send 10 selected directors and their teams to the Tourism Ministry's 10 priority destinations, namely Borobudur temple, Mount Bromo, Lake Toba, Labuan Bajo, Mandalika, Morotai, Thousand Islands, Tanjung Kelayang, Tanjung Lesung and Wakatobi. The directors are Lasja, Kamila Andini, Adrianto Sinaga, Agung Sentausa, Viva Westi, Prita, Paul Agusta, Robby Ertanto, Yoseph Anggi Noen and Kuntz Agus.

“We sent the directors and their teams to those destinations to conduct research and explore local culture to be used as inspiration for their film projects,” said Bekraf research, education and development deputy head Abdur Rohim Boy Berawi. 

Akatara also plans to feature large-scale film companies at the upcoming event, such as Multivision and Starvision, local and angel investors, brand managers or directors, philanthropies, agencies and local buyers. (kes)

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