The Jakarta Post
Participants in the Begadang Filmmaking Competition are only given 34 hours to make a five-minute film from scratch. (Shutterstock/doomu)
Indonesians living abroad are now invited to take part in the Begadang Filmmaking Competition, which is held annually in the run-up to the Minikino Film Week (MFW) international short film festival in Bali.
“Unlike last year, when the production location was limited to Indonesia, this year’s Begadang Filmmaking Competition is open to Indonesian citizens who live outside the country,” I Made Suarbawa, head coordinator of the competition, said. “To join, they have to enroll using their Indonesian passport and adjust their production time with the local time here.”
Online registration for the competition began on July 17 and will remain open until 12 p.m. on Aug. 27.
The competition, set to run from Sept. 1 to 2, is also open to students.
“In this competition, we want all participants to experience what it feels like to produce a film with a tight deadline […], just like a real film production situation,” said Edo Wulia, the festival director of MFW.
The Begadang Filmmaking Competition challenges its participants to create a film no longer than five minutes in just 34 hours, which includes writing the story, designing the scenes, shooting, voice recording, editing and sending the results online to Minikino.
“To ensure that the film is really made in just 34 hours, we determine some must-have audio visual elements, but that is still a secret. Participants will find out on Sept. 1 at 8 a.m. local time,” said Made. “If participants try to shoot the film before the competition begins, they will face difficulties inserting these secret elements into the story naturally.”
Judges will choose four films that will get Supreme Festival Pass, or unlimited access to the 2018 MFW, accommodation for two nights and the opportunity to present their work at the international award and closing event of MFW 2018. The finalists will also compete against each other to win a Rp 5,000,000 (US$345) cash prize.
Begadang Filmmaking Competition 2018 is part of a series of events leading up to the fourth edition of the MFW in Bali slated to run from Oct. 6 to 13.
Minikino itself is a Bali-based organization dedicated to organizing short film festivals. (wir/kes)