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Indonesian short films featured in New Zealand’s Show Me Shorts

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, August 19, 2020  /  11:32 am
Indonesian short films featured in New Zealand’s Show Me Shorts

A scene from short animated film 'Llop Mougn' by Oktivani Anggia Rachmalita. (Show Me Shorts/File)

Six Indonesian short films are being showcased in New Zealand’s international short film festival Show Me Shorts until Aug. 19.

The films are Svetlana Dea’s Jagawana (Rangers, 2015) Oktivani Anggia Rachmalita’s Llop Mougn (Wolf Mind, 2018), Putri Sarah Amelia’s Jemari yang Menari di atas Luka-luka (Golden Frames in the Closet, 2019), Nur “Wucha” Wulandari’s Muslimah (Muslim Women, 2018), Jason Kiantoro’s and Bryan Arfiandy’s Life of Death (2018) and M. Ramza Ardyputra’s Reform (2018).

Short film program director Minikino Fransiska Prihadi initially selected 12 short films to to be curated by Show Me Shorts' director and cofounder Gina Dellabarca. The six short films above were selected.

In return, several short films from New Zealand will be screened at the sixth installment of the Minikino Short Film Festival, which will take place from Sept. 4 to 12 in Bali.

Read also: Minikino takes Youth Jury Camp online with YouTube webinars

“The screening of Indonesian short films on Show Me Shorts is the first step of our collaboration,” said Fransiska in a statement, adding that the collaboration was an important opportunity as Show Me Shorts was an Academy Awards-accredited festival.

Jemari yang Menari di atas Luka-luka is a silent film included in the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2020 in Japan and was nominated for Best Short Film of the Year 2020 by short film festival Minikino Film Week 6. It features “strong female characters” as it tells the story of a mortuary cosmetologist who faces a dilemma upon receiving a call from a mother whose child dies in an accident.

In the lighthearted animated film Life of Death, directors Jason Kiantoro and Bryan Arfiandy allow viewers to see things from Death’s point of view. The film had its world premiere at the 2018 Taichung International Animation Festival, received the Gold Prize and Next Generation at the 20th DigiCON6 ASIA short film competition by Tokyo Broadcasting System and was nominated for Best Animated Short at the 2019 Indonesia Film Festival (FFI).

Muslimah is based on Wucha’s personal experience of having two mothers with opposite views on the hijab. The film won Best Collaboration at the 2018 ReelOzInd! Australia-Indonesia short film competition and festival.

In 2019, Llop Mougn was included in the S-Express short film exchange program within the Southeast Asia region. Described as a “dreamy animation” by Show Me Shorts, Llop Mougn follows a girl who wishes to find certainty within herself by slowly entering her imagination.

Set in a forest on Mount Pancar, West Java, Jagawana narrates a girl named Anjani who meets a mysterious masked creature in the forest. Jagawana is inspired by two local folk tales, one of them about a backpacker who sleeps on a mountain and later wakes up in spirit-filled marketplace. It was screened at the 2015 Leiden International Short Film Experience in the Netherlands and at the 2016 Thai Short Film and Video Festival in Bangkok.

Animated film Reform takes viewers to a dystopian world where villagers pour their hearts out to the elites for a hope of reformation. Reform was included at the 2017 S-Express program and was nominated for Best Animation at the 2016 Indonesian Film Festival.

The screenings were scheduled to be held in Auckland and Wellington, but they have been changed to online screenings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tickets can be booked online with prices starting from NZ$17 (Rp 164,000 / US$11.10). (wir/wng)

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