Asian Cinerama with Balinale Presents Special Seminar on Regional Production

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Jakarta, 12 September 2022 Asian CineramaHong Kong Focus runs for 4 days — Thursday 15 – Sunday 18 September at Plaza Indonesia XXI, Jakarta and presents six (6) current productions by promising and established Hong Kong filmmakers in a variety of genres.  Asian Cinerama is the first collaborative event on the Road to Balinale 2023.

Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA) together with Bali International Film Festival (Balinale) and supported by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) and Film Development Fund (FDF), will open 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, will hold a post-screening Q&A and conduct a Filmmaking Seminar hosted by Binus University, Jakarta.

“We are pleased to have Mani Man, producer and scriptwriter to open the Asian Cinerama program with her film SHADOWS and conduct a seminar on topics ranging from film funding, co-production opportunities, and initiatives to nurture local talent,” said Balinale Founder and Executive Director, Deborah Gabinetti.

Ms Man is also Deputy General Manager of mm2 Entertainment Hong Kong, a leading media entertainment and content company with regional offices in Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, and the United States. Since 2015, mm2 Entertainment also develops new filmmaking talent through the annual short film competition – mm2 Movie Makers Awards – where three winners are offered an opportunity to develop a feature film with mm2 Entertainment. The list of films include VAMPIRE CLEANUP DEPARTMENT, SHADOWS, ONE SECOND CHAMPION, and DRIFTING.

“It is very exciting to travel to Jakarta with my latest film SHADOWS,” said Mani Man. “I am so looking forward to meeting the audience in Indonesia and taking this chance to meet local filmmakers. Hope everyone enjoys our film and thank you Bali International Film Festival for bringing me here.”

Asian Cinerama features: 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 Chan.

Since its beginning in 2007, Asian Film Awards Academy has recognized notable Indonesian-produced films OPERA JAWA directed by Garin Nugroho with Rahayu Supanggah winning for Best Composer.

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

Other multiple nominees over the years 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.

Bali International Film Festival will continue in its tradition of representing outstanding creativity and original storytelling from around the world and support the growth of the local sector illustrating Indonesia’s creative capabilities and industry potential.


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Asian Cinerama

Asian Cinerama is the flagship roadshow of Asian Film Awards Academy 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, via online and offline screenings, with the objective of reaching a wider audience, expanding the film market within Asia, and demonstrating the work of film industries in a variety of countries by promoting cultural exchange and diversity through film. The program is financially supported of Create Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Film Development Fund. 

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)

Established in 2007, Bali International Film Festival (Balinale) is recognized internationally for its varied programming of global independent and Indonesian cinema. The festival is known for its importance in promoting Indonesia and further developing its creative industries through global industry events, film associations, and established affiliations. Balinale invites foreign filmmakers to explore Indonesia for potential co-production opportunities. The festival is endorsed by the National and Provincial Governments.

Create Hong Kong (CreateHK)

CreateHK is a dedicated office set up under the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to lead, champion and drive the development of the creative economy in Hong Kong. It coordinates governmental policy and effort regarding creative industries, focuses governmental resources for the promotion and speeding up of the development of creative industries in Hong Kong, and works closely with the trade to boost the development of creative industries.

Film Development Fund (FDF)

The Film Development Fund, first set up by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 1999, funds projects and activities that contribute towards the development of the Hong Kong film industry, including part-financing small-to-medium budget film productions; enhancing efforts to promote Hong Kong films in the Mainland and overseas; enhancing initiatives to train talents in various aspects of film production and distribution; and enhancing the interest and appreciation of Hong Kong films by the local audience.

Special Notes to Editors:

  1. All films are shown in original Cantonese/Mandarin with Indonesian and English subtitles.
  2. All side activities can also be found at the festival website: 
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