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BPK holds film competition for youth

Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, March 30, 2017  /  09:04 am
BPK holds film competition for youth

The BPK has produced over 15 movies with varied themes such as the work at the audit agency, audit reports and Indonesian overseas workers. (Shutterstock/File)

The Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) in collaboration with USAID has organized a film competition in a bid to disseminate information to the public about the agency’s tasks and achievements in promoting transparency and accountability of state finance management.

“The film competition aims to give young people the knowledge about the state budget and state assets,” agency chairman Harry Azhar Azis said in a press conference, recently.

The program, titled Festival Film Kawal Harta Negara (FKHN) (Safeguarding State Assets Film Festival), targets students, filmmakers and creative communities to participate in submitting feature films, short documentaries, public service announcements and citizen journalist videos from March 14 to July 7.

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BPK head of public relations and international cooperation Yudi Ramdan Budiman said the program was held for the first time to reach out to the public and to raise awareness on state budget leaks.

“Film is a popular media, especially with young people,” he said. “This festival could be a place for them to learn the techniques of filmmaking and at the same time get the information on the importance of safeguarding state assets in the hope that they are willing to engage in the process of letting the words out.”

The BPK has produced over 15 movies with varied themes such as the work at the audit agency, audit reports and Indonesian overseas workers.

Besides the competition, FKHN 2017 will also consist of film workshops and road shows to Magelang, Ternate, Medan and Malang.

Film director Ismail Basbeth will be involved in the workshops, helping the participants formulate their creative ideas.

“The most important thing in producing a film is how the filmmaker conveys a message and how it comes across,” said the Citra Award recipient for Best Director in 2015. “There will be trials and errors, but the experience will eventually lead to a masterpiece.”

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