Balinale 2015 Announces Its Audience Favorites!

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The final number of films selected for this year’s 9th edition amount to 106 titles from 29 countries. This is a significant increase from 60 films in 2014. 

With the theme Face of Diversity, the festival presented films that entertain and inspire, challenge and expose us to the rich diversity and uniqueness of people, places, cultures and beliefs. The program included an excellent mix of world cinema and a record 26 local gems in the mix, many showing as premieres and several with filmmakers here during the festival to meet our enthusiastic and appreciative audience as they present their film.  

Listing of the BALINALE 2015 Audience Choice Award winning features, documentaries, and shorts:

Best Indonesian Feature: 

ABOUT A WOMAN (2014) Teddy Soeriaatmadja (Indonesia)
Fimmaker in attendance 

Best Indonesian Short:  

INDONESIA RAJA 2015 DENPASAR Compilation of Five (5) short films (Indonesia)
Fimmakers in attendance 

Best International Feature:

CHEMO (2015) Bartosz Prokopowicz (Poland) 

Best International Short:

ONCE UPON A MINE (2015) Vofka Solovéy (Ukraine)
Fimmaker in attendance 

Best Documentary:

FRACKMAN (2015) Richard Todd (Australia) 
Filmmaker in attendance

Face of Diversity Award:

CAMBODIAN SON (2014) Masahiro Sugano (USA) 
Filmmaker in attendance

Best Overall Film:

ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL (2015) Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (USA)

Committee Choice

LISTEN (2014) by: Hamy Ramezan & Rungano Nyoni (Denmark & Finland)

Community Choice

THE FORTUNE WILD (2014) by: Ben Gulliver (Canada)

Other film highlights of the festival include:

Opening Night Film & Asian Premiere

GÜEROS (2014) by Alonso Ruiz Palacios (Mexico)
Filmmaker in attendance (director and lead actress Ilse Salas)

Closing Night Film & Asian Premiere 

CHEMO (Chemia) (2015)

by: BartoszProkopowicz (Poland)
Filmmaker in attendance 

Official Venue Partner

Starting this year, BALINALE is centered around Cinemaxx, the countries newest cinema chain. The state-of-the-art five studio multiplex theater is capable of exhibiting in 2D & 3D giving Bali’s discerning audiences an even greater movie-going experience. Cinemaxx is situated at the popular and conveniently located Lippo Mall Kuta, Bali.

Indonesian Focus

BALINALE 2015 established a Submissions Grant for Indonesia filmmakers waiving the entry fee, resulting in a total 27 feature & short length films selected for the Main and Open Air program from more than 60 entries.  BALINALE will continue to provide this Grant in order to encourage growth of Indonesian Cinema in future years.

BALINALE will also continue to promote occupational skills training through ‘free’ workshops and seminars in the festival program with local Educational Institution Partners; Institut Kesenian Jakarta and Universitas Pelita Harapan.

Filmmaker led Youth Workshops

Hosted by the US Embassy, Jakarta, Emmy Award-Winning Fimmaker Farland Chang (USA) presented a workshop titled THE ART OF STORYTELLING.  Representing Jakarta Institute of the Arts, Bambang Supriadi (INDONESIA) recently held an Introductory Filmmaking workshop in Jakarta, also supported by the US Embassy.

Australian Filmmaker Richard Todd led a two-day workshop titled DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING, hosted by The Australian Consulate, Bali.  

Open Air Cinema 

The festival’s annual Open Air Cinema (or Layar Tancap) is a focal point for the public and an important part of the festival’s commitment to the community. 

We are pleased to have South Kuta Beach Business Association (SKBBA) as this year’s Hosting Partner with its 20+ leading tourism stakeholders consisting of some of the best hotels, restaurants and entertainment centers on the island. 

Institutional Partners of countries participating in the festival in providing films and supporting participating filmmakers include; Embassies & Cultural Centers from Poland, France, Japan, Korea, Australia and Mexico.

The festival proudly continues its partnership with US Embassy, Jakarta contributing over the years to a series of workshops in Jakarta, Bali and Yogyakarta. Student Film Days was also hosted by the Embassy and provided ‘free of charge’. 

Festival highlights available at