The 2021 Festival Committee has decided to hold a combination of virtual and special regulated in-person events.

Balinale follows strict Covid-19 protocols as regulated by the Government of Indonesia. All participants must adhere to these guidelines.

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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 and as a vehicle to support and promote Indonesian filmmakers and independent cinema.

In addition to presenting quality independent films, Balinale encourages the filmmaker to attend the festival.

We offer student workshops to aspiring young filmmakers and an opportunity to present their work to an international audience.

The festival invites foreign filmmakers to screen their films to an enthusiastic and potentially huge Indonesian market while providing them with an opportunity to network with Indonesian industry professionals and explore Indonesia for possible film projects.

Note: Balinale 2021 will see a combination of virtual and limited regulated in-person events.

Balinale screens an interesting line-up of entertaining and thought-provoking films from Indonesia and around the globe. We show films in cinema and hold open air community events and conduct educational workshops.

BalinaleX Industry Forum is a platform for the film industry to exchange creative ideas by holding discussions 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 classics films with a connection to the island of Bali.

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. 

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

Awards are presented in several artistic and technical categories for Feature, Documentary and Short films. 

Note: Balinale 2021 has decided to postpone this program until further notice.

The festival holds several discussion panels, seminars and workshops throughout the year with many of these programs 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®, Cannes and award-winning Indonesian filmmakers helping us to achieve our goals of bringing together films and their makers as a gathering of global creativity.

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

All information regarding ticket and festival pass 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.

Note: Balinale 2021 has decided to postpone this program until further notice.

The program is provided free of charge, however, space is limited so seats must be reserved.

The highlights of the main program are announced one month prior to the festival dates with updates provided weekly.

We accept applications for the important role of volunteer and intern throughout the year. Please check our social media for updated information. Contact to learn more.

You can contact us directly with your request at

There are several ways to support Balinale. As a Corporate sponsor we provide opportunities such as Hospitality, Event Hosting and CSR Educational Programs. Please contact us at +62 361 270 908 or

Be part of the growing list of important individual supporters who help bring the world of cinema to Bali. 

For further information regarding festival passes contact us at 

  • Book your tickets early, screenings tend to sell out quickly.
  • Be sure to arrive on time for any event.
  • Always check our website or social media for any updates or program changes.
  • Dress comfortably. Weather can range from very warm to rain showers.
  • Bring a wrap or sweater for the air-conditioned venues.
  • Snacks and beverages can only be purchased from Festival venues.