What is Balinale?

Bali International Film Festival, also known as Balinale, was established in 2007 by the non-government, not-for-profit Indonesian registered charity organization Yayasan Bali Taksu Indonesia as a platform to showcase thought provoking, unique and award-winning current releases from all genres produced by Indonesians and filmmakers from around the world.

When and where is it held?

Festival Dates: Monday, 24 September - Sunday, 30 September 2018
Venue: Cinemaxx theaters, Lippo Mall Kuta & Plaza Renon, Bali, Indonesia

What makes Balinale different than other film festivals?

In addition to presenting quality films, Balinale encourages the filmmaker to attend the festival to present their film and personally meet audience members.

We offer student workshops to aspiring young filmmakers throughout the year. We give local filmmakers an opportunity to present their work and network with international industry professionals.

The festival invites foreign filmmakers to screen their films to an enthusiastic and potentially huge Indonesian market. We also provide them an opportunity to explore Indonesia for possible film projects.

What are some of the main programs in the festival?

Balinale screens an interesting line-up of entertaining and thought-provoking films from around the globe, holds an annual free Children's Charity Film Program, free Open Air Cinema, conducts Young Indonesian Film Circle educational workshops, host celebrity events, international gatherings and film premieres.

This year, Balinale focuses on the theme 'Timeless' in demonstrating the extraordinary ability of film to communicate the largest of human stories, as well as the briefest moments of world changing emotion.

BalinaleX Industry Forum is also a platform for the film industry to exchange creative ideas by holding daily seminars with visiting filmmakers.

Balinale actively participates and contributes to other industry events developing affiliations, such as; Motion Picture Association, Asia Pacific Screen Awards (Brisbane, Australia), ASEAN International Film Festival & Awards (Kuching, Malaysia), Asian Film Commissions Network (20 member countries), American Film Showcase and Sundance Institute's Film Forward.

What is the overall criteria for film selections?

The festival aims to provide alternatives for movie-goers to see films outside of the mainstream on offer in local cinemas. We look for recent releases, eclectic, independent or studio films, classics with a connection to the island of Bali and films with limited commercial release.

We accept feature, documentary, short and animated films in all genres. Formats shown are DCP and MOV.

How can I submit my film?

Call for Film Submissions will be announced well in advance of the festival. We use FilmFreeway & Withoutabox for accepting submissions.

Are there many Indonesian films shown?

Balinale has a number of Indonesian films submitted each year with a percentage of the films screened coming from domestic filmmakers.

Are there film competitions?

Audience Choice Awards are presented to the most popular films as voted by the film-going public. Since 2017 we also have a juried competition, with industry professionals from around the world as jury members.

What are the Balinale workshops?

The festival holds a number of discussion panels, seminars and workshops throughout the year under the Young Indonesian Film Circle educational program. Many of these programs are offered free of charge to aspiring filmmakers and students interested in gaining further knowledge about filmmaking.

Through our professional industry associations there are additional opportunities for networking and gaining possible employment within the industry.

Who conducts the Workshops?

Since 2007, we have held a number of workshops and seminars conducted by Oscar®, Emmy®, BAFTA® and Cannes award winning filmmakers helping us to achieve our goals of bringing together films and their makers as a gathering of global creativity.

What is the ticket price?

Individual Tickets will cost same or less than the standard price. All proceeds benefit our educational and free children's programs.

When and where can I purchase festival passes and tickets?

Individual Ticket are sold online through Cinemaxx starting September 2018. For festival passes, please contact us for more details.
Consider becoming a Friend of the Festival for discounted tickets, special event invitations, gifts and additional benefits.

I live outside of Bali and want to purchase tickets. How can I purchase tickets?

Individual Ticket are sold online through Cinemaxx starting September 2018. For festival passes, please contact us for more details.
Consider becoming a Friend of the Festival for discounted tickets, special event invitations, gifts and additional benefits.

Is there a fee for your Children's Film Program?

No. The program is provided free of charge, however, space is limited so seats must be reserved.

When is the program schedule released?

Throughout September.

How do I become a festival volunteer?

We start accepting application for the important role of volunteer in early April. Please check back with us for complete information. Contact volunteers@balinale.com if you're interested in participating in Balinale 2018

If I'm a member of the press, how can I get media credentials?
You can contact us directly with your request at press@balinale.com
How can I become a Festival Partner?

There are several ways to support Balinale. As a Corporate sponsor you can contact the festival headquarters at +62 361 270 908 or email us at sponsorship@balinale.com
There are also opportunities such as Hospitality, Event Hosting and CSR Educational Program.

How can I become a Friend of the Festival?

Be part of the growing list of important individual supporters who help bring the world of cinema to Bali. Contact us for more details.

Any tips on preparing for Balinale?
  • Book your tickets early, screenings tend to sell out quickly.
  • Weather can range from humid to very warm with a chance of rain showers, so dress comfortable.
  • Bring a wrap or sweater, some film-goers and younger children get chilled in the air conditioned venues.
  • Snacks and Beverages can only be purchased at Festival venues.