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Songwriting competition seeks to inspire genre growth

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Tue, April 17, 2018 | 05:39 pm
Songwriting competition seeks to inspire genre growth

The winning songs will also be performed live by the main cast of the film at the premiere gala and be turned into music videos. (Shutterstock/File)

Aspiring songwriters and professional musicians are invited to create music for the upcoming children's feature film Kulari ke Pantai (I Run to the Beach), with a competition currently underway.

To coincide with the June release of Kulari ke Pantai, the Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) launched the competition together with the production house behind the flick, Miles Films, which is owned by veteran filmmakers Mira Lesmana and Riri Riza.

The nationwide competition, which runs until May 15, is a response to a call by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to reinvigorate children's music production in the country, which is deemed to have slowed down staggeringly in recent years.

"In my meeting with Mira Lesmana and Pak Jokowi some time ago, he insisted that this concerning condition must be addressed immediately. This is Bekraf's initiative to address these concerns," Bekraf head Triawan Munaf said during the launch of the competition in Jakarta on Monday, as quoted in a statement.

Read also: Children's film ‘Kulari Ke Pantai’ to hit theaters in June

Director Riri Riza and producer Mira Lesmana (center) pose alongside members of pop-jazz trio RAN - Rayi (left), Nino (second right) and Asta (right) - during the press conference for 'Kulari ke Pantai' (I Run to the Beach) on March 7 in Kemang, South Jakarta.Director Riri Riza and producer Mira Lesmana (center) pose alongside members of pop-jazz trio RAN - Rayi (left), Nino (second right) and Asta (right) - during the press conference for 'Kulari ke Pantai' (I Run to the Beach) on March 7 in Kemang, South Jakarta. (Miles Films/File)

In addition to Triawan, Mira and Riri, the judging panel for the competition includes Kulari ke Pantai music director Aksan Sjuman and pop-jazz trio RAN, who also composed music for the film's soundtrack.

Five songs are to be chosen as finalists and will be included in a compilation album inspired by the film. Two of those songs will be chosen as winners, one as the Public Choice and one as the Judges' Choice, with the winning prize totaling Rp 100 million (US$7,260).

The winning songs will also be performed live by the main cast of the film at the premiere gala and be turned into music videos.

Filming of Kulari Ke Pantai is currently underway. The movie tells the story of Sam (Maisha Kanna) and Happy (Li’li Latisha), who are cousins with vastly different personalities. They go on vacation with Uci (Marsha Timothy), Sam’s mother, and embark on a road trip from Jakarta to Banyuwangi regency in East Java and to Rote Island in East Nusa Tenggara. (liz/kes)

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