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The festival was founded in 2007 by Bali Film Center (BFC), a private company providing professional services for film and television production throughout Indonesia. BFC, established in 2002, is a trusted partner for international productions filming anywhere in Indonesia. Founding Member and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Asian Film Commissions Network of 18 member countries.

Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Sundance Film Forward, American Film Showcase, HK International Film Festival, Asian Film Awards Academy, and Art of the Score at The Juilliard School, Center for Innovation in the Arts.

● Balinale is recognized internationally for the diversity of its programming and credited for the quality of the associated events such as the Bali Film Forum. The forum is where international filmmakers and Indonesian professionals discuss films, trends, co-production opportunities, and the demands of a growing, fast-paced industry.

Balinale is known for its specialized knowledge and the importance of promoting Indonesian cinema, art, and culture. The festival has a solid history of supporting established and aspiring local filmmakers through workshops and industry forums. The festival strongly supports the community with its children’s program and student workshops as an important part of its platform. ● The festival holds the honor of receiving the endorsement of Bali Governor’s Office, Badung Regency Bali, Ministries of Industry, Tourism and Creative Economy, Education, Culture, Research, and Technology. These endorsements recognize Balinale for its proven efforts to deliver cultural, political, and economic benefits to the country.

Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA) Hong Kong Film Gala Presentation showcases six exceptional films to offer audiences a captivating glimpse into the vibrant world of Hong Kong cinema. AFAA was founded by: the Hong Kong International Film Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival, and Busan International Film Festival. AICEF Prize (American-Indonesian Cultural & Educational Foundation Prize) is awarded to a pair of first or second-time feature filmmakers whose work robustly embraces cross-cultural themes in the narrative or documentary genre.

Bali Film Forum

Balinale 2024 forum delves into the multifaceted world of cinema, examining its economic impact, current trends in Asian cinema, and the intricacies of original content acquisition and distribution.

  • Panel 1: Film & Television Industry and the effect it has on national economies
  • Panel 2: Asian Cinema Today
  • Panel 3: Original Content acquisition & distribution

Ben Vereen

Tony Award-winning American actor, dancer, and singer. Ben gained prominence for his performances in the original Broadway productions of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, for which he received a Tony Award nomination, and Pippin, for which he won Best Actor in a Musical. He has starred in numerous television programs including the role of ‘Chicken’ George Moore in Alex Haley’s landmark TV miniseries Roots, for which he received an Emmy nomination in 1977. His latest feature film is Roland Joffe’s The Gray House.

Sam Buckland

Director of Programming and International Engagement at the Australian Film Institute (AFI AACTA) where he is responsible for curating and managing all their programs worldwide. For over 25 years Sam has produced hundreds of influential screen-related activities in Australia and abroad. Before joining AACTA, Sam spent over 10 years as the European Director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscars) serving as the Academy’s principal representative in Europe.

Amelia Hapsari

As the first Indonesian inducted into the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (the Oscars), Amelia is a documentary filmmaker, directing and producing since 2001. As Program Director of In-Docs (2012 – 2020), Amelia supported the best Asian documentaries with mentorship, funding, and distribution from around the globe. She initiated key platforms like Dare to Dream Asia, Good Pitch Southeast Asia 2017, Good Pitch Indonesia 2019, Docs By The Sea 2017 – 2020, IF/Then Southeast Asia 2019.

Josie Lin

Josie joined the Asia Film Awards Academy (AFA Academy), a non-profit organization founded in 2015 by the three major Asian film festivals – Busan, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. She serves as its Executive Director and industry partner with BAFTA for one of their flagship programs, Breakthrough. Working with various international film festivals in setting up projects in Asia, she encourages exchange between Hong Kong and other Asian film audiences.

A combination of Feature Narratives, Feature Documentaries, Short Narratives, and Short Documentaries comprise 60 films from 25 countries including 45 premieres in the festival.

Opening Night Film: Fly Me To The Moon (Hong Kong SAR) with Director Sasha Chuk and Producer Stanley Kwan present.Closing Night Film: Lafran (Indonesia) with Director Faozan Rizal present (World Premiere)

There are a total of 24 Films In Competition.


  1. Pianoforte (Poland) Jakub Piatek
  2. Point of Change (United Kingdom) Rebecca Coley
  3. Porcelain War (United States) Brendan Bellomo, Slava Leontyev
  4. Tropical Utopia (Brazil) João Amorim
  5. No More History Without Us (Brazil) Priscilla Regis Brasil
  6. Othelo, The Great (Brazil) Lucas H. Rossi dos Santos


  1. Asog (Canada) Seán Devlin
  2. The Dream (Romania) Catalin Saizescu
  3. The Gospel of The Beast (Philippines) Sheron Dayoc
  4. Daaaaaali! (France) Quentin Dupieux
  5. The Architecture of Love (Indonesia) Teddy Soeriaatmadja


  1. The Lake (China) Yangkyi Tsering
  2. And That’s For This Christmas (Bulgaria) Peter Vulchev
  3. Dragonflies (Singapore) Angeline Klarissa
  4. Humà (Indonesia) Kezia Alexandra
  5. Primetime Mother (Philippines) Sonny Calvento
  6. The Masterpiece (Spain) Àlex Lora
  7. The Steak (Iran) Kiarash Dagar Mohebi


  1. Dhvani – The Sound Around (India) Anurag Dwivedi
  2. Nusa Ina (Netherlands) Anne Jan Sijbrandij
  3. Toros Bravos: Julián Cartas (United States) Jack LaCalle
  4. The Moon Will Contain Us (Costa Rica) Kim Torres
  5. In The Line Of Fire (Singapore) Felix Kenneth Galistan
  6. Vibrations: Dharma Punks (United States) Benjamin Steger

Balinale 2024 presents a New Category:


  1. Kewang – Nature’s Ancient Guardians (Indonesia) Indah Rufiati
  2. The Power of Mama (Indonesia) Ria Utari
  3. Nuraga Bhumi (Canada)  Danielle Khan Da Silva
  4. Guardians (Mexico)  Julián Stubbs Generali
  5. The Atlantis Mussels (Indonesia) Rachmat Kurniawan Idrus
  6. Indai Apai Darah (Mother, Father, Blood) (Indonesia) Kynan Tegar
  7. Secret Garden (Indonesia) Jihan Syavilla Rahmayani


  1. Fly Me To The Moon Sasha Chuk
  2. In Broad Daylight Lawrence Kwan
  3. Time Still Turns the Pages Nick Cheuk
  4. The Goldfinger Felix Chong
  5. All Shall Be Well Ray Yeung
  6. Center Stage Stanley Kwan