Bali International Film Festival is Back in The Cinema

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11 November 2021, Bali, Indonesia – Bali International Film Festival, (also known as Balinale) celebrates its 14th edition from 11 – 14 November by continuing to deliver outstanding entertainment presenting quality, thought-provoking independent, and award-winning short, feature, and documentaries from Indonesia and around the world. The number of films total 49 films from 24 countries.

“Following the digital and regulated in-person model adopted by many festivals over the past year,
this year’s Balinale is designed to aid in welcoming people back to Bali and into the cinema with all live screenings provided to the community free of charge,” says Founder and President Deborah Gabinetti.

This year’s films In Competition are:
Documentary Films:

  1. Ze Noemen Me Baboe (They Call Me Babu), dir. Sandra Beerends (Netherlands)
  2. Help Is On The Way, dir. Ismail Fahmi Lubis (Indonesia, Taiwan)
  3. Newtopia, dir. Audun Amundsen (Norway)

Feature Films:

  1. Supernova, dir. Bartosz Kruhlik (Poland)
  2. Pari, dir. Siamak Etemadi (Greece, France, Netherlands, Bulgaria)
  3. Susi Susanti: Love All, dir. Sim F (Indonesia)

Short Films:

  1. Atordoad, Eu Permaneço Atento (Stunned, I Remain Alert), dir. Lucas H. Rossi dos Santos, Henrique Amud (Brazil)
  2. ANNA, dir. Dekel Berenson (Ukraine, Israel, United Kingdom)
  3. Malakout (Divinity), dir. Farnoosh Abedi (Iran)
  4. Matahari Terbit di Hutan (Sunrise in the Forest), dir. Samuel Ruby (Indonesia)
  5. Ora Srawung, Mati Suwung (A Closed Mouth Catches No Flies), dir. Destian Rendra Pratama (Indonesia)
  6. Suburbia, dir. Winnie Benjamin (Indonesia)
  7. Wild Honey: Caring for Bees in a Divided Land, dir. Lisa Palmer (Australia)

Jury Members include: Nia Dinata – Director, Richard Oh – Writer. Director, Benny Kadarharianto – Cinematographer, and Anggi Frisca – Cinematographer.
As part of its 2021 programming, Balinale is proud to present a retrospective of Garin Nugroho’s 40-year career in cinema. Indonesia’s international award-winning film director, producer and writer will discuss his impressive body of work on features, documentaries, and shorts. “Welcoming Garin back to the festival since screening his Opera Jawa (2006) at the first Balinale is a genuine pleasure,” continued Deborah.
In addition to Garin, Balinale will host some of the country’s leading industry professionals for an informal discussion on the current state of the industry and the latest trends as it moves forward in a post-pandemic world; Producer Iwan Setyabudiman, Directors Lasja F Susatyo, Richard Oh, Nia Dinata, and Sim F, Cinematographers Anggi Frisca and Benny Kadarhariarto, Screenwriter Titien Wattimena and Actors Ario Bayu and Sha Ine Febriyanti.

Festival guests from around the archipelago will be flown to Balinale with its Official Airline Partner Citilink, one of the premier brands of Indonesia recognized for its award-winning service and management.

Another exciting collaboration is the establishment of an Institutional Partnership with RUS Animation Studio – SMK Raden Umar Said Kudus, vocational school supported by PT Djarum. RUS Animation Studio will demonstrate work created by the students and discussion the future of animation in Indonesia.

All public events will follow CHSE – government protocols.

The limited free in-cinema screenings will be shown at Park 23 Cinema XXI South Kuta, Badung, Bali.
Registration for the free in-person screenings can be found on Townscript
The festival’s Online Program is available from 11-17 November on Book My Show

For more information on the festival and its programs, visit

or contact us at: / +62 361 270 908

About Bali International Film Festival (Balinale)
Balinale 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.
Balinale actively participates in global industry events, associations with major studios and distributors, and established affiliations with likeminded institutions and organizations.
The festival is strongly supported by the local community and has a commitment to supporting educational development through workshops and seminars. Balinale is endorsed by the National and Provincial Government for its proven efforts in delivering cultural, civic, and economic benefits to the country.