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Jakarta Post

Indie film festivals, an alternative form of entertainment

  • Indah Setiawati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, January 20 2013   /  09:58 am

One of the film screenings during the Purbalingga Film Festival 2012. (Courtesy of Festival Film Purbalingga)For residents in Purbalingga, the absence of a cinema network is a cue for creativity.

A six hour drive from the Central Java capital of Semarang, the small regency of Purbalingga, with a population of less than 1 million, holds an annual event to celebrate films — Festival Film Purbalingga (FFP).

Now in its seventh year, this year the festival comprises a short film competition and feature movie screening that reaches an audience of thousands.

“We want youngsters in Purbalingga to be close to filmmaking, so they can be more sensitive toward their surroundings. We also want to show to people that filmmaking can develop in suburban areas like Banyumas,” FFP manager Nanki Nirmanto told The Jakarta Post said.

The event is organized by the Cinema L...