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Editorial: Film festivals gone sour

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 3 2010   /  09:32 am

Apparently outshined by high-profile political issues, two ongoing film festivals — the 2010 Indonesian Film Festival (FFI) and the 2010 Jakarta International Film Festival (JiFFest) — have received little attention from the general public. The small amount of public attention has been aggravated by the poor management of the two festivals — another repeat of the past.The first event — the 2010 FFI — has been marred with controversy surrounding the selection and nomination of the 10 films to vie for the top prize in the Best Film category. Surprisingly, Sang Pencerah (The Enlightener) is not in competition. Apart from the controversial selection and nomination of eligible films, this year’s festival is also tarnished by the organizers’ failure to keep to the event’s schedule, as they failed to announce all the nominees on Nov. 28 as originally scheduled. Such a failure to...