The Jakarta Post
GoPlay intends to help workers in the film industry through the Films and Online Series Festival, which will be held for seven weeks. (Shutterstock/ Fer Gregory)
Video-on-demand platform GoPlay is holding the Films and Online Series Festival for seven weeks until June 30.
A collaboration between GoPlay and the Indonesian Film Board (BPI), the festival is also supported by the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry.
The festival features weekly themes and award-winning and renowned titles.
From May 13 to 19, for instance, GoPlay subscribers will be able to watch films and online series under the theme of “Love and Heartbreak”, including Hanny R. Saputra’s 2006 romance film Heart, which narrates a love triangle between Farrel (Irwansyah), Rachel (Nirina Zubir) and Luna (Acha Septriasa); Upi Avianto’s Radit dan Jani (2008) which follows the life of young couple Radit (Vino G. Bastian) and Jani (Fahrani); and online series Gossip Girl Indonesia that focuses on a group of wealthy teenagers in Jakarta.
Other themes are “Kembali pada Keluarga (Return to Family)” from May 20 to 26, “Terjebak dalam Mencekam (Trapped in Eeriness)” from May 27 to June 2, “Patriot Garda Terdepan (Patriot of the Vanguard) “from June 3 to 9, “Ketawa Bareng (Laughing Together)” from June 10 to 16, “Female Centered” from June 17 to 23 and “Hidden Gems” from June 24 to 30.
Among films and series that can be streamed are Ernest Prakasa’s 2016 blockbuster Cek Toko Sebelah (Check the Store Next Door), Kimo Stamboel’s 2019 horror film Ratu Ilmu Hitam (Queen of Black Magic), GoPlay’s original thriller series Tunnel, Raditya Dika’s 2016 comedy Hangout, Ravi L. Bharwani’s 2018 award-winning film 27 Steps of May, Garin Nugroho’s 2019 celebrated film Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku (Memories of My Body) and Ismail Fahmi Lubis’ 2019 documentary Help is on the Way, which revolves around female migrant workers.
The complete list of films is available on GoPlay's website.
Eddy Sulistyo, CEO of GoPlay, told The Jakarta Post that it wanted to bring positive impacts to the film industry. “GoPlay wishes to provide easy access for people in Indonesia to watch high- quality Indonesian films,” Eddy said during a virtual press conference on Wednesday. “Hopefully they will have a chance to enjoy and feel proud of the films.”
He added that it was likely for the festival to be the platform’s regular program after the outbreak subsided. “We also hope that we can collaborate with different parties, including BPI and other production houses, to hold other programs with the purpose of improving this industry together,” he said.
Additionally, the festival aims to help workers in the film industry who have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. “Twenty percent of the festival’s revenue will be donated to 52 film associations in Indonesia through the BPI,” said Eddy.
The donations will be given to film associations the House of Indonesian Actors, Indonesian Film Editors (INAFED), Indonesian Television and Film Workers Association Indonesia and Indonesian Mobile Movies Association, among others.
Launched on September 2019, GoPlay is part of ride-hailing app Gojek, which intends to provide a platform for local filmmakers and make high-quality Indonesian films more accessible.
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