Bali International Film Festival Gets Underway With 63 Films From 26 Countries

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Bali International Film Festival Gets Underway With 63 Films From 26 Countries

Bali International Film Festival’ 15th edition from 9–12 June is again delivering outstanding entertainment of quality, thought-provoking independent, and award-winning shorts, features, and documentaries from Indonesia and around the world.

In-cinema and online: Films will be presented as a combination of in-cinema and on-line screenings.

Premieres: The Official Program includes many premieres among the 63 features and shorts representing 26 countries.

Awards: Our juried competition will include awards in several artistic and technical categories —Narrative Features, Documentaries and Short Films.

Films In Competition

Feature documentary

  1. Lamafa (Kujirabito), Director: Bon Ishikawa (Japan)
  2. Bucolic (Bukolika), Director: Karol Pałka (Poland)
  3. My Childhood, My Country — 20 Years in Afghanistan, Director: Phil Grabsky, Shoaib Sharifi (United Kingdom)
  4. Mentawai — Souls of the Forest, Director: Joo Peter (Germany)

Feature narrative

  1. The Coffin Painter, Director: Da Fei (China)
  2. Inside a Funeral Hall, Director: Ho-hyun Lee (Republic of Korea)
  3. Solo on Icebergs, Director: Rouhollah Sedighi (Islamic Republic of Iran)
  4. Preman, Director: Randolf Zaini (Indonesia)

Short documentary

  1. Young and the Reckless, Director: Johnny Agnew (New Zealand)
  2. Dusk Till Dawn | Da Boca da Noite à Barra do Dia, Director: Tiago Delácio (Brazil)
  3. The 13th Note, Director: Karim Khorsheed (United States)
  4. A Letter to My Wife | Sebuah Surat Untuk Istriku, Director: Muhamad Ardan Arrazaq (Indonesia)
  5. Homebound, Director: Ismail Fahmi Lubis (Indonesia)

Short narrative

  1. The Recess, Director: Navid Nikkhah Azad (Spain)
  2. Ruthless, Director: Matthew McGuigan (United Kingdom)
  3. The Miniaturist of Junagadh, Director: Kaushal Oza (India)
  4. Why Is It So Warm on Christmas?, Director: Choi Woo Gene (Republic of Korea)
  5. Murder Tongue, Director: Ali Sohail Jaura (Pakistan) Tris, Director: Djenar Maesa Ayu (Indonesia)

Jury members include: Robert Chappell (USA), Cinematographer, Director — Ismail Basbeth (IDN), Producer, Director, Writer — Robin Gurney (CAN), Producer, Director —IGP Wiranegara (IDN), Documentarian —Kelli Swazey (USA), Writer, Director.

Balinale is the platform for many award-winning filmmakers to present their work. We welcome and support leading industry professionals from film, entertainment, allied creative fields to join in celebrating the world of cinema. This year we welcome:

Ismail Basbeth (IDN) — director, writer, singer, songwriter

Alumni of the Berlinale Talent Campus and Asian Film Academy where he won the BFC & SHOCS Scholarship Fund. Since 2005, he has produced and directed various short and features shown in prestigious national and international film festivals. His latest film Keluarga Cemara 2 will have its World Premiere at the opening of Balinale 2022.

Robert Chappell (USA) — cinematographer, director

Collaborated with director Errol Morris on The Fog War which won an Academy Award for Best Feature

Documentary (2003), plus numerous notable feature-length documentaries including Standard Operating Procedure, about Abu Ghraib prison scandal, Bobby Fischer Against The World, about the fateful US–Russian chess match, the mini-series, HILLARY, and most recently, MLK/FBI with Sam Pollard

Randolf Zaini (IDN) — writer, director

Creator of commercials, award winning short films, and live theatrical productions, as well as sound design. He has written numerous screenplays for his fellow directors. Preman is his feature directorial debut In Competition at Balinale 2022.

Khiva Iskak (IDN) — actor, director

Known for his notable performance in Preman (2021), other roles include Gundala (2019) by Joko Anwar and Bangkit! (2016) by Rako Prijanto. Khiva has been a Best Actor nominee at Film Festival Indonesia and Film Festival Tempo (2021).

Anji Sauvé Clubb (USA) — director, producer

Winner of the AICEF 2021 Prize awarded for her documentary Nomad Meets the City about a former Mongolian goat herder who works as a garbage truck driver striving to better his daughter’s education.

Lee Hohyun (KOR) — director, writer

Lee has worked on many films as an assistant director. His film Inside a Funeral Hall has its world premiere at Balinale and is In Competition for Best Feature Narrative. Graduated Cheongju University with a Life Science major.

Affiliate partners of the 2022 program

Balinale has always been a platform for emerging filmmakers and continues to promote occupational skills-training through seminars in the Festival Program encouraging the growth of local cinema into the future.

International affiliations have enabled Indonesians to demonstrate their capabilities and provided opportunities to showcase their talents.

Making Waves: Navigators of Hong Kong Cinema celebrating the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong SAR and showcasing a selection of six (6) new and restored HK film classics. The program includes a never-before-seen-in-Indonesia live hologram presentation. Features leading HK filmmaker Stanley Kwan and is followed by a special screening of his 1988 restored classic Rouge.

AICEF Cross-Cultural Filmmaking Prize. The award, established in 2021 with the American Indonesian Culture and Education Foundation and Balinale this year will be given at this year’s festival to a first- or second-time Indonesian filmmaker. Their prize will be participation of their film at Middlebury Film Festival, USA.

Balinale is extremely proud to launch an exciting creative collaboration with The Juilliard School (NYC). The program called Art of the Score supports projects between Juilliard student composers and musicians and young aspiring Indonesian filmmakers in creating original music scores.

Further information

Balinale Headquarters, Bali International Film Festival

Jalan Mertasari 10–B | 80228 Sanur Bali | INDONESIA T: + 62 (0) 361 270 908 / W:


Balinale, the Bali International Film Festival, established in 2007, is recognised internationally for the diversity of its programming of Indonesian and international independent and awardwinning fiction, documentary, feature, and short films.

Our goal at the festival events is to bring together filmmakers from around the world to collaborate and share. We are dedicated to creating a gathering of global creativity and provide a platform for promoting Indonesian cinema, while ensuring reciprocal enrichment and support. We support events — workshops and seminars — to foster important educational development and skills building.

The festival actively participates in global industry events, and has professional associations with major studios and distributors. Balinale has established affiliations with like-minded institutions and organisations including Asia Pacific Screen Awards, ASEAN International Film Festival and Awards, Asian Film Commissions Network, Motion Picture Association, American Film Showcase, Sundance Institute’s Film Forward, and NYC’s The Juilliard School.

Balinale (Bali International Film Festival) invites foreign filmmakers to explore Indonesia for potential co-production opportunities that have proven results of delivering cultural, educational, and economic benefits to the country.