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Jakarta Post

Three Indonesian students win trip to France in tourism video contest

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 29, 2018   /   07:09 pm
Three Indonesian students win trip to France in tourism video contest Institut Français D'Indonésie (IFI) hosted a video competition themed “Cultural Heritage”, inviting local students to create five-minute videos about local culture. (Shutterstock/File)

Three students of tourism have been named the winners of the FITE Video Contest at the 2018 Forum on International Tourism and Environment (FITE) held in Bali from June 21 to 22.

As part of the event, the Institut Français D'Indonésie (IFI) hosted a video competition themed “Cultural Heritage”, inviting Indonesian students to create five-minute videos exploring the statement, “Cultural heritage allows us to understand the past and to look to our future.”

The French Embassy’s education corporation attaché, Emilienne Baneth-Nouailhetas, said in a press release that the video essay competition required students to share their ideas and hope about sustainable tourism that considers cultural heritage preservation.

Three students, namely Merrie Agustine from the Bali Tourism Institute, Dina Januar from the NHI Bandung Institute of Tourism and Andi Medy Mega Makmur from Makassar Tourism Polytechnic came out as the winners, beating more than 100 other students.

Read also: 2018 FITE video contest invites students to explore 'cultural heritage'

In line with the theme, each of the videos presented elements of Indonesian cultural heritage. First prize winner Merrie said her video, Babi Guling: A Reflection of Balinese Culture and Food Growing Business, explored staple food as a tradition that had been passed on for generations in the Balinese community.

Merrie thinks food is the only way for people to learn about other cultures without too much explanation.

Meanwhile, Dina presented a glimpse into the lives of open-pit mine workers in Senyubuk village, East Belitung. She captured the opportunity to turn mining sites into tourist attractions. As for Andi, he showcased the traditional phinisi boats, which originate from his hometown in South Sulawesi.

The winners get to join a weeklong summer workshop at the University of Angers, France. (jes/kes)