Bali International Film Festival, also known as Balinale, was established in 2007 as a platform to showcase thought provoking, unique and intriguing films from around the world plus support and promote Indonesian filmmakers and independent cinema.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Submission Waiver Grants have been established by Founding Partner Bali Film Center to encourage and support Indonesian filmmakers.

Awards are presented in the categories of Best Feature, Best Documentary and Best Short.

Since 2017 we also have a juried competition, with industry professionals from around the world as jury members.

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.

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.

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

Info regarding ticket sales will be available one month prior to the Festival.
Consider becoming a Friend of the Festival for discounted tickets, special event invitations, gifts and additional benefits.

Info regarding ticket sales will be available one month prior to the Festival.
Consider becoming a Friend of the Festival for discounted tickets, special event invitations, gifts and additional benefits.

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

Throughout September.

We accept applications for the important role of volunteer throughout the year. Please check our social media for updated information. Contact if you're interested in participating in Balinale.

You can contact us directly with your request at

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
There are also opportunities such as Hospitality, Event Hosting and CSR Educational Program.

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

  • 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.