The Jakarta Post
A still from 'Battle of Surabaya'. (MSV Pictures/File)
Indonesian animated film Battle of Surabaya has been named Best Animation film at the 2017 Milan International Filmmaker Festival, which was held from Nov. 25 to Dec. 2.
The festival is part of Film Festival International, a group of movie festivals held in five European cities, namely London, Nice, Madrid, Amsterdam and Milan.
Antara news agency reported that the movie competed with six other international animated films featured in the category.
Indonesian Ambassador to Italy Esti Andayani said the achievement was a testament to Indonesia's animation skills. Esti added that the award reflected the development of the local creative industry.
Meanwhile, Indonesian Student Association (PPI) Italy head Bashofi, who received the award on behalf of MSV Pictures, said the achievement would motivate the younger generation to continue producing high quality films.
Directed by Aryanto Yuniawan, Battle of Surabaya tells the story of a boy during the war that was fought in Surabaya, East Java, between Indonesian and British forces after Indonesia declared independence. The characters in the 2D animated film were voiced by popular Indonesian actors, including Reza Rahadian and Maudy Ayunda. (jes/kes)