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Good Pitch2 Southeast Asia 2017 goes beyond filmmaking

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sat, May 6, 2017  /  10:05 am
Good Pitch2 Southeast Asia 2017 goes beyond filmmaking

Female choir Dialita, whose members are relatives or friends of victims of a 1965/1966 communist purge, perform a song during the 2017 Good Pitch2 Southeast Asia 2017 at Goethehaus, Central Jakarta, on May 4. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

The first installment of a regional program, Good Pitch2 (Good Pitch Squared) Southeast Asia, was held at Goethehaus in Central Jakarta on Thursday.

Featuring four documentaries, namely Song for my Children, Audio Perpetua, Intuition and Sunday Beauty Queen, the event raised funds and other support for the filmmakers.

During the event, each filmmaking team was given seven minutes to pitch a project, which was followed by feedback from participants in a round-table discussion and the audience.

An Indonesian documentary, Song for my Children, which tells the story of a female choir called Dialita whose members are relatives or friends of the victims of a purge of alleged communists in 1965 and 1966, received support for finances, publicity, screenings and production.

Song for my Children director-slash-producer Shalahuddin Siregar told The Jakarta Post that the project raised about 75 percent of its total needed budget. In addition to sponsoring the documentary, the Tifa Foundation also offered to be one of the sponsors for a Dialita concert in December.

The round-table participants give feedback to ''Song For My Children' at the 2017 Good Pitch2 Southeast Asia. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

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Meanwhile, Audio Perpetua, a movie that follows the visually impaired community in the Philippines, received sponsorship for making the film and got support for the community as well. Following the pitch, Contact Center Association of the Philippines (CCAP) operations director Jay Santisteban offered to develop a curriculum and training program for the visually impaired.

Organized by non-profit organization In-Docs and Singapore-based youth project organization Jia Foundation, Good Pitch2 Southeast Asia was attended by around 250 people from different fields, including government agencies, media, NGOs and private companies.

In-Docs program director Amelia Hapsari told The Jakarta Post that social impact was one of the requirements for the filmmakers to be selected in the 2017 Good Pitch2 Southeast Asia. The audience members were also specially invited based on their commitment to the issues. (kes)

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