Balinale Growing Exposure

The Jakarta Post - The sixth annual Balinale International Film Festival that ran from Oct. 22 - 28, booked a success as filmmakers from around the globe flocked to the event and the festival gained growing internationalexposure.

The program is a mix of local and international films along with film industry forums, as well as half a dozen free workshops for filmmakers throughout the year. Regional and domestic advisors and speakers include Oscar, Emmy, BAFTA and Cannes award winning filmmakers who have generously contributed to the program over the years.

Audience Choice Awards presented during the closing night party at W Bali Retreat & Spa went to Indonesian Lovely Man, directed by Teddy Soeriaatmadja, voted Best Feature and Most Popular Overall Film. The story is about a devout Muslim girl who leaves her village to travel to Jakarta to find her estranged father, only to learn that he is a transvestite prostitute. Earlier this year, Donny Damara was honored as best actor at the Asian Film Awards for his lead performance in the film and was at the closing to present the film and accept the award.

Best Documentary went to director James Bradley’s Ochre and Ink, a half-hour portrait of Chinese-born Australian artist Zhou Xiaoping and his close working relationship with indigenous Australian artists.

During Balinale was the first time Zhou held an exhibition of his work alongside the film’s screening.