The Jakarta Post
As the production of animated films in Indonesia improves, this year, the annual Indonesian Film Festival (FFI) will present the Citra Award for the first time to the Best Animator.
The FFI will be held on Dec. 7 in Semarang, Central Java.
Five short animated films have been selected by a panel of judges from a total of 93 that were submitted from, among others places, East Java, Riau and Papua.
The five nominees are Florist by M. Pandji Sofiullah, Hebring & Bagol by Mar Lan Sugama and Dennis Adhiswara, Inspektur Jonni by Mohamad Fajar, Kripik Sukun Mbok Darmi by Heri Kurniawan and Sang Suporter by W. Darmawan.
The judging panel comprises chairman of Indonesian Animated Films Association Gotot Prakosa, Bambang Gunawan Santoso, Deddy Syamsuddin, Adi Nugroho and Rachmat Rizal.
'The number of submissions we received was overwhelming and we have continued to receive submissions till today,' Gotot said during a press conference recently.
Gotot said most of the submitted movies were in 3-D format but some of the works were created through stop motion animation, with durations ranging from two to 15 minutes.
He said that in Indonesia, there were around 200 animated films produced independently ' many of which were good enough to be made into television serials.
'We haven't formed a tight industry here yet because we don't see many animated films being screened, at least on TV, on a daily basis,' said the lecturer from the School of film and television at the Jakarta Arts Institute (IKJ). 'The problem still revolves around money,' he said, adding that the screening of Petualangan si Adi (Adi's Adventure) in local theaters could be a good starting point for the animation industry.
Besides animated films, FFI is also presenting four other categories: commercial movies, television films (FTV), short movies and documentaries, which has been divided into short and long documentary films.
In the commercial movies category, psychological thriller Belenggu (Shackle) has received the most nominations, more than 10, including for the Best Actor (Abimana Aryasatya); Best Actress (Laudya Chintya Bella); Best Director (Sartri Dania 'Upi' Sulfiati); Best Script and Best Original Story (both by Upi).
Apart from Belenggu, Sang Kiai, Habibie&Ainun, Laura&Marsha and 5 CM are also nominated in the Best Movie category.
For Best Actor, joining Abimana on the list are Ikranagara for his role in Sang Kiai, Joe Taslim in La Tahzan, Lukman Sardi in Rectoverso and Reza Rahadian in Habibie&Ainun.
While Happy Salma (Air Mata Terakhir Bunda), Adinia Wirasti (Laura&Marsha), Imelda Therinbne (Belenggu), Laura Basuki (Madre) and Laudya will compete for Best Actress.
Slamet Rahardjo, head of the judging panel for commercial movies, said they had tried to be as fair as they could during the evaluation period that was conducted from Oct.. 22 through Nov. 21.
Other judges sitting on the panel for commercial movies were Tommy F. Awuy, Didi Petet, Norman Benny,, Armantono, Roy Lolang, Arswendo Atmowiloto, Hartanto and Remy Sylado. Slamet said the quality of Indonesian films had greatly improved.
'We are seeing more effort from film makers when it comes to cinematography,' he said.
Meanwhile, in the documentary category, one of the judges, Arthur S. Nathan, said that they had received films centering on a wide-range of themes ' from social, politics to cultural ' from 101 applicants.
'We agreed that the 10 nominees selected covered all assessment criteria, such as communication aspects, which include the flow of the information and imagination as well as aesthetics,' he said. The first FFI, formerly known as National Film Appreciation Week, was held in 1955, while the second and third in 1960 and 1967. It became an annual event in 1973 but the committee decided to stop the event in 1993 due to the low production of local movies.
Twenty one years later, FFI was revived as the local movie industry started to flourish again.