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Jakarta, Indonesia— Entering its fifth consecutive year the BALINALE International Film Festival launches its finest program to date bringing together a wealth of talent from around the globe with films covering every genre. BALINALE is held from 15 to 2 November 2011 on the island of Bali, Indonesia.

Promising to build on the great success of past festivals and the record attendance numbers reached, this year boasts a solid selection of 17 fiction and documentary feature films and 11 shorts from 11 nations.

Making it an even greater event, BALINALE 2011 coincides with the 18th annual ASEAN SUMMIT with visiting ASEAN Delegates and Heads of States from the 10 ASEAN member states; Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. US President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao are also scheduled to attend the summit.

In conjunction with BALINALE, the ASEAN Film Festival runs 16-17 November focusing on films from around the region. www.aseanfilmfestival.com 

Founded by Deborah Gabinetti, the festival continues to make connections between Indonesian and International filmmakers and expose the country as a major film location.

This year’s BALINALE is hosting the Indonesian premiere of ANONYMOUS (UK/Germany) by Roland Emmerich ,the political thriller around who actually penned Shakespeare’s plays ANOTHER EARTH (USA) by Mike Cahill, on the eve of the discovery of a duplicate Earth, tragedy strikes and the lives of these strangers become irrevocably intertwined, and the animated feature to entertain everyone  PUSS IN BOOTS (USA) by Chris Miller.

Other film highlights include; the international premiere of BILLY T: TE MOVIE by Ian Mune (NZ).  The film celebrates the life of the Kiwi entertainment legend Billy T James. THE BEETLE SOLDIERS (SERDADU KUMBANG) (Indonesia) by Ari Sihasale about a young boy’s unending dream in the face of hardship, and  BOY’S DIARY (CATATAN HARIAN SI BOY) by Putrama Tuta (Indonesia) the story of recapturing passion of love and life as captured in the words of a diary.

Visiting filmmakers presenting their films also include Drew Fellman with BORN TO BE WILD (IMAX), shot in Kalimantan, its a moving tale of the orphaned jungle animals and the individuals of rescue them.

BALINALE will continue to show its commitment in contributing to the development of Indonesia’s film industry by conducting a film industry forum and student workshops offered to young Indonesians and aspiring filmmakers with an eye to help develop career opportunities and inspire creative learning.

Returning for a second year to contribute to the festival is respected studio veteran Donna Smith who will speak on ‘Translating Asian into Global Stories’.

Gabrielle Kelly, screenwriter, producer of diverse content for the global marketplace and Associate Professor of Film at Tisch Asia, Singapore, conducts a workshop in scriptwriting. 

Other films premiering are: 

THEY LIVE TO DIE  (HIDUP UNTUK MATI) (Indonesia) by Tino Saroengallo a revealing documentary on the funeral ceremony Rambu Solo’ practiced by the people of Toraja land, South Sulawesi, Indonesia for generations. 

MINDFULNESS AND MURDER (Thailand) by Tom Waller.  When a homeless boy living at the youth shelter run by a Buddhist monastery turns up dead, the abbot recruits Father Ananda, a monk and former police officer, to find out why. 

THE JAPANESE WIFE (India) by Aparna Sen.  Snehamoy, who teaches for a living, has entered into a long-term relationship with Japan-based Miyage, and both have made a marriage-commitment without meeting each other. 

BALI: ISLAND OF THE DOGS by Lawrence Blair and Dean Tolhurst. A film about the semi-feral dogs of Bali, and our changing attitudes towards conquering nature and bending her to our will. 

This year’s festival program includes open discussions with visiting filmmakers and industry professionals. 

Audience Choice Awards, a Short Film Competition and Free Children’s Program are also a featured part of the festival. For complete festival program go to www.balinale.com

The Indonesian government endorses the BALINALE International Film Festival.

Pemerintah Indonesia mendukung Festival Film Internasional BALINALE.