Balinale, Bali’s International Film Festival to Adopt Toronto and Sundance Method

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BALI — Bali International Film Festival, Indonesia’s premiere film festival with a 13-year history of screening hundreds of domestic and international films for thousands of film fans, will again take place on November 11–14 with free face-to-face screenings.

The festival known as Balinale will restart after a year-long lockdown, to celebrate the exhibition of selected films at the 2020 festival which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 14th edition held on the paradise island of Bali Indonesia will continue to provide entertainment with quality and thought-provoking presentations. Screenings of award-winning short films, feature films, and documentaries from Indonesia and around the world will follow the digital and face-to-face screening model.

This method has been adopted by the Toronto International Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival. At this film festival, there is a jury competition with awards presented in several artistic and technical categories.

Members of the jury involved include director Nia Dinata, writer and director Richard Oh, cinematographer Benny Kadarharianto, and cinematographer Anggi Frisca.

“This year’s festival is in keeping with our ethos that film – more than any other medium – reaches large local and international audiences, captivates imagination and public interest in exploring a destination, its culture, and its people. By offering free face-to-face programs, we are positioning the festival to help welcome people back to Bali and to the cinema,” said founder and president, Deborah Gabinetti, quoted from an official statement, Sunday, November 7.

Balinale believes that nothing can match a shared theatrical experience to appreciate the thousands of hours of work in filmmaking. Limited free film screenings will be screened at Park 23 Cinema XXI South Kuta, Badung, Bali.

Cinema XXI (PT Nusantara Sejahtera Raya) is the largest cinema network serving 46 cities in Indonesia. Registration is required to enter the free face-to-face screening, opening November 5th in Townscript. Meanwhile, the online program in the festival will be displayed on Book My Show.

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