The Jakarta Post
Docs by the Sea is an international forum that aims to connect Indonesian documentary films with the international industry. (Shutterstock/Fer Gregory)
Two Indonesian documentary films, How Far I’ll Go by Ucu Agustin and Diary of Cattle by David Darmadi and Lidia Afrilita, were among four projects selected to receive funds from non-profit organization In-Docs to finish shooting, as well as receive mentorship and a distribution deal from the Tribeca Film Institute.
The If/Then Shorts competition is part of the 2018 Docs by the Sea.
The other two winners announced on Thursday are Bullet-Laced Dreams by Cha Escala and Kristoffer Brugada from the Philippines, and The Songbirds of Aceh by Aminda Faradilla from Malaysia.
Docs by the Sea is an international forum that aims to connect Indonesian documentary films with the international industry. Held from Aug. 2 to 9 in Bali, it featured 31 documentary projects from 11 countries.
Prior to the winners’ announcement, participants joined various activities, including a storytelling lab, editing lab, master class, pitching exercises and pitching forums.
“I’m so happy to see the tremendous accomplishment gained by the participants after joining the activities during this event. It leads to a larger number of documentary film projects that will receive our support from,” said In-Docs director Amelie Hapsari.
Among the Indonesian winners announced at the event were Sculpting the Giant by Rheza Arden Wiguna and Banu Wirandoko (selected to pitch at the 2019 Australian International Documentary Conference), Help is on the Way? by Ismail Fahmi Lubish (selected to attend the 2019 Australian International Documentary Conference), Don’t Talk About Freedom by Gerry Apiryan (received US$3,000 in cash prize and is being purchased by Current Time TV) and How Far I’ll Go by Ucu Agustin (also selected to pitch at the 2018 Tokyo Docs).
Twelve Indonesian documentary films were also chosen to receive mentorship, funding and distribution support from In-Docs, the Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) and Go-Jek through Docs By The Sea Co-Production Fund: Sculpting the Giant by Rheza Arden Wiguna and Banu Wirandoko, The Flame by Arfan Sabran, Don’t Talk About Freedom by Gerry Apiryan, Rato and I by Ray Nayoan, You and I by Fanny Chotimah, A Boarding School by Shalahuddin Siregar, My Big Sumba Family by Tonny Trimarsanto, The Other Half by Wahyu Utami Wati, The Plastic Bag Journey by Gugun Junaedi and Lutfi Wahyudyanti, Nchay Looking for Haven by Andi Hutagalung, Help is on the Way? by Ismail Fahmi Lubish and How Far I’ll Go by Ucu Agustin. (kes)