Announcing Our 2022 Dates and Call for Submissions

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The 15th edition of the festival to take place 9-12 June 2022.
Submissions are Now Open for All Categories.

Bali – 7 January 2022: The Bali Film Festival (BFF) today announced the dates for the festival’s 15th edition will take place from Thursday, 9 June to Sunday, 12 June on Bali – one of the most inspirational places on earth.

The decision to move the dates was taken in consultation with Indonesian film professionals and will better support this vibrant industry by providing a much-needed boost in the first half of the year.

Submissions for 2022 open on Tuesday, 4 January for all categories including feature and short films – narrative or documentary.

BFF is where exciting and unique voices such as celebrated directors Garin Nugroho, Lee Chang-dong, David Michôd, Jan Chapman, Hanung Bramantyo, Salman Aristo, and Roland Joffe’ have presented their films.

The festival has also been a platform for emerging new filmmakers such as Harvan Agustriansyah and Destian Rendra Pratama.

Bali Film Festival 2022 Program Director is Richard Oh. “This June the festival will continue following its long tradition of presenting independent movies from Indonesia and around the world showing audiences a wide array of films, representing a variety of languages, genres and styles,” says Oh.

The festival has a juried competition with awards presented in several artistic and technical categories for Narrative Features, Documentaries and Short films. Esteemed jury members have included Nia Dinata, Michael Rowe, Donna Smith, and Maryanne Redpath among others.

Submissions are being accepted through:

Entry rules, regulations, and information are available at:

Submissions & Deadlines for BFF2022:

  • 4 January 2022 – Submissions Open
  • 31 January 2022 – Early Deadline
  • 28 February 2022 – Official Deadline
  • 20 March 2022 – Final Deadline

In order to encourage local filmmakers, BFF established the Gary L Hayes Award for Emerging Filmmakers to actively seek out and support the next generation of filmmakers.

BFF is dedicated to supporting Indonesian cinema and providing an opportunity to show their films to an international audience. All submissions for Indonesian Nationals (WNI) are free of charge. Request for waivers is done through our website.

After a highly successful hybrid edition in 2021, which combined in-cinema experiences at partner venue Cinema XXI and an online edition for audiences at home via Book My Show, BFF2022 plans to hold a combination of an indoor/outdoor/online festival as the most exciting and responsible way to unite international audiences and our local community.

“We are inspired by the new year and a program that aids in welcoming people back to Bali and into the cinema and look forward to re-engaging students with a return to holding educational workshops,” said Deborah Gabinetti, Bali Film Festival Founder.

About Bali Film Festival

Bali Film Festival – locally known as 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 importance in promoting the creative industries of Indonesia by showcasing films locally produced as a means of illustrating the country’s capabilities for investment and international co-production opportunities.

The festival is strongly supported by the local community and has a commitment to supporting educational development through workshops and seminars. BFF is endorsed by the National and Provincial Government for its proven efforts in delivering cultural, civic, and economic benefits to the country working with government and industry to make Indonesia the most creatively exciting and

rosperous place to make film internationally.
The Bali Film Forum focuses on industry-wide topics and further developing the Indonesian creative industries by building a more effective and meaningful dialogue between them and their international counterparts. BFF actively participates in global industry events, associations with major studios and distributors, and established affiliations with likeminded institutions and organizations.

For more information visit or contact us at: / +62 361 270 908

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Official photos are found at Bali International Film Festival on Flickr.