Asian Film Awards Academy and Balinale Continue Collaborating in Support of Asian Films

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Bali International Film Festival (Balinale) recently concluded the Asian Cinerama — Hong Kong Focus with its second annual collaboration in promoting outstanding Asian cinema with Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA).

AFAA and Balinale Continue Collaborating in Support of Asian Films

The program ran from Thursday 15 Sept to Sunday 18 September at Plaza Indonesia XXI, Jakarta. Asian Cinerama showcased an impressive selection of six current releases by established and promising young directors from a variety of genres.

Asian Cinerama is the first collaborative event on the Road to Balinale 2023. Bali International Film Festival will continue to develop professional collaborations and hold events and programs throughout the year in its tradition of representing outstanding creativity and original storytelling from Indonesia and around the world.

The program opened with a premiere screening of SHADOWS directed by Glenn Chan. The film has been hailed as ‘one of the best films of the year’. The film’s producer and scriptwriter, Mani Man, was here to conduct a Filmmaking Seminar hosted by Binus University, Jakarta. Topics ranged from film funding, co-production opportunities, and initiatives to nurture local talent.

Asian Cinerama featured a combination of thriller, action, drama, and family comedy: SHADOWS (2020) Director: Glenn Chan, MADALENA (2021) Director: Emily Chan, ANITA (2021) Director: Longman Leung, TABLE FOR SIX (2022) Director: Sunny Chan, CHILLI LAUGH STORY (2022) Director: Coba Cheng, and RAGING FIRE (2021) Director: Benny Cha.

Since its beginning, Asian Film Awards Academy has recognized notable Asian films for their artistic and technical merit. They include Indonesian-produced films OPERA JAWA directed by Garin Nugroho with Rahayu Supanggah winning the award for Best Composer.

LOVELY MAN by Teddy Soeriaatmadja received several nominations with Donny Damara walking away with the Best Actor Award, and director Edwin, took home The Edward Yang New Talent Award.

Other Indonesian nominees include: THE RAINBOW TROOPS / LASKAR PELANGI directed by Riri Riza, THE MIRROR NEVER LIES directed by Kamila Andini, WHAT THEY DON’T TALK ABOUT WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT LOVE and MARLINA THE MURDERER IN FOUR ACTS both directed by Mouly Surya, among others

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Asian Cinerama

Asian Cinerama, the flagship roadshow of Asian Film Awards Academy, has been successfully held in Hong Kong and at overseas film festivals since 2015. Asian Cinerama introduces great Asian films to people from all over the world with the objective of reaching a wider audience, through both online and offline screenings, expanding the film market within Asia, and demonstrating the work of film industries in a variety of by promoting cultural exchange and diversity through film. Create Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Film Development Fund are financial supporters of the program.

Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA)

Asian Films Awards Academy is a non-profit organization founded by Busan, Hong Kong and Tokyo International Film Festivals with the shared goal of celebrating excellence in Asian cinema. AAFA aims to promote and recognize Asian films and talent, by highlighting, strengthening and developing Asian film industry through the annual Asian Film Awards and several year-round initiatives that build and sustain connections among Hong Kong and international film professional through their Masterclass Series – in conversation with filmmakers, Journey to the Fest – Student Visit to International Film Festivals, Asian Cinerama – Film Roadshow, and Young Film Professionals Programme – overseas training and work-placement.

Bali International Film Festival (Balinale)

Bali International Film Festival (Balinale) was established in 2007 and is recognized internationally for its varied programming of global independent and Indonesian cinema. The festival is known for its significant promotion of Indonesian film and further developing the country’s creative industries through global industry events, film associations, and establishment of professional collaborations. Balinale also invites foreign filmmakers to explore Indonesia for potential co-production opportunities. Balinale is endorsed by the National and Provincial Governments for its proven efforts in delivering cultural, civic, and economic benefits to the country.