Balinale Announces 2024 Award Winners and Recaps Program Highlights

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Bali – 6 June 2024, The Bali International Film Festival (Balinale) announced the winners of its 17th edition where it showed 60 films representing 25 countries from over 600 submissions.

The jury announced the winners chosen from the 24 films in-competition on 6 June:

Best Feature Documentary: No More History Without Us, Priscilla Regis Brasil (Brazil)

Jury Statement: “As media becomes shorter, our memory is also drawn to something immediate and new. History is forgotten, while the impact is neglected. This film is a brave, brilliant, and meticulous undertaking of narrative change by and for Amazonian, which resonates throughout the Global South.”

Best Short Documentary: Nusa Ina, Anne Jan Sijbrandij (Netherlands)

Jury Statement: “We were moved by this film and the plight of displaced people so well told in the film as the reason short documentaries are so important, they are using film to preserve history and as a form of activism, which gives them an enduring power.”

Best Short Narrative: The Masterpiece, Alex Lora (Spain)

Jury Statement: “The film’s nuanced narrative and underlying tension subtly reveal the power dynamics and prejudices at play, as the immigrants hold something the wealthy couple desires. This complexity is combined with solid performance and direction.”

Best Feature Narrative: The Gospel of the Beast, Sheron Dayoc (Philippines)

Jury Statement: “This film is engaging due to its strong direction, well-written script, and impressive cinematography. The narrative arc, where the protagonist grapples with a moral dilemma before ultimately choosing the right path, is particularly compelling and resonates deeply.”

Special Jury Award: Dhvani- The Sound Around (Short Documentary) Anurag Dwivedi (India)

Jury Statement: “The film was engaging throughout. It was well told, the production values were high, it showcased India beautifully and was fascinating.”

Special Jury Award: Porcelain War (Feature Documentary) Brendan Bellomo, Slava Leontyev (United States)

Jury Statement: “Many films about war focus on the devastating impact of war. This film is very unique and inspiring because it invites us to see Ukraine from the point of view of love. The love portrayed here is deep, multi-dimensional, and bitter-sweet. Through their art, storytelling, and love, we see Ukraine through the resilience of its people, we see peace as something worth fighting for.”

Gary L Hayes Award for Emerging Indonesian Filmmaker: HUMA (Short Narrative) Kezia Alexandra (Indonesia)

“Kezia Alexandra embodies the spirit of this award—a burgeoning director and multifaceted artist whose distinctive style and visionary storytelling are reshaping Indonesia’s cinematic landscape.”

Gary L Hayes Award for Emerging Indonesian Filmmaker was established in honor of Gary Hayes, a pioneer in the industry who provided opportunities for many Indonesian filmmakers. Balinale continues to recognize his passion for helping young aspiring creatives fulfill their potential.

Committee Choice: Feature Narrative Asog, Seán Devlin (Canada)

Committee statement: “Through masterful storytelling, the audience is invited to the world of characters, experiencing their emotions intimately and breaking down societal boundaries. In a landscape where various agendas vie for attention, Devlin’s work achieves in one film what many associations strive for fostering understanding and acceptance.

Committee Choice: Feature Documentary Point of Change, Rebecca Coley (United Kingdom)

Committee statement: “The film takes you into an entirely different culture and community then elevates the significance of this modern cautionary tale through its connection with Kevin Lovett. Point of Change isn’t just any documentary—it’s a captivating, dramatic feature that draws you in with its unique storytelling.”

Sustainable Film Award: Kewang – Nature’s Ancient Guardians, Indah Rufiati (Indonesia)

The new category focuses on the power of storytelling to tackle pressing sustainability challenges and this film doesn’t just raise awareness, it inspires viewers to take action and make a positive difference.

Aicef Cross-cultural Award: Sculpting the Giant, Banu Wirandoko, Rheza Arden Wiguna

The Cross-Cultural Film Award is presented to a pair of first or second-time feature filmmakers whose work robustly embraces cross-cultural themes.

Balinale 2024 Jury Members:

Jury statement on the films in competition: “We were very impressed by the caliber of the finalists in this year’s competition. Each film showcased a unique perspective, delving into diverse cultures, personal stories, and social issues, highlighting immense talent and creativity from around the world. It was an honor to be part of this jury and judge such accomplished works.”

Ben Vereen

Tony Award-winning American actor, dancer, and singer. Ben gained prominence for his performances in the original Broadway productions of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, for which he received a Tony Award nomination, and Pippin, for which he won Best

Actor in a Musical. He has starred in numerous television programs including the role of ‘Chicken’ George Moore in Alex Haley’s landmark TV miniseries Roots, for which he received an Emmy nomination in 1977. His latest feature film is Roland Joffe’s The Gray House.

Sam Buckland

Director of Programming and International Engagement at the Australian Film Institute (AFI AACTA) where he is responsible for curating and managing all their programs worldwide. For over 25 years Sam has produced hundreds of influential screen-related activities in Australia and abroad. Before joining AACTA, Sam spent over 10 years as the European Director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscars) serving as the Academy’s principal representative in Europe.

Amelia Hapsari

As the first Indonesian inducted into the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (the Oscars), Amelia is a documentary filmmaker, directing and producing since 2001. As Program Director of In-Docs (2012 — 2020), Amelia supported the best Asian documentaries with mentorship, funding, and distribution from around the globe. She initiated key platforms like Dare to Dream Asia, Good Pitch Southeast Asia 2017, Good Pitch Indonesia 2019, Docs By The Sea 2017 — 2020, IF/Then Southeast Asia 2019.

Josie Lin

Josie joined the Asia Film Awards Academy (AFA Academy), a non-profit organization founded in 2015 by the three major Asian film festivals — Busan, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. She serves as its Executive Director and industry partner with BAFTA for one of their flagship programs, Breakthrough. Working with various international film festivals in setting up projects in Asia, she encourages exchange between Hong Kong and other Asian film audiences.


Balinale 2024 was launched to an international audience on 1 June with the screening of Fly Me to the Moon (2023) by debut Director Sasha Chuk. Noted Director Stanley Kwan, who emphasized to the press the importance of fostering new talent as the producer of Fly Me to the Moon, also presented his newly restored 4K director’s cut of the 1991 masterpiece, Center Stage.

The annual festival was held from 1-7 June at Festival Screening Partner Cinepolis, Plaza Renon, Denpasar, Bali.

Opening night festivities at Festival Hotel & Venue Partner InterContinental Bali Sanur Resort were co-hosted by the Asian Film Awards Academy and included a fusion of musical performances by Putu Septa on Balinese gamelan and Won Pin Chu with Grammy Yeung on traditional Chinese instruments delighting the well-heeled audience of Bali’s film and cultural society.


Balinale’s annual Bali Film Forum had a no-holds-barred multinational caucus of industry players discussing the Film & Television Industry and the Effect it Has on National Economies, Asian Cinema Today, and Original Content Acquisition & Distribution. Moderated by Tantowi Yahya, former Indonesian ambassador to New Zealand, explored expanding the market, maximizing resource capabilities, and exploring forms of production collaboration.

The event brought together over 70 participants from Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the United States, the United Kingdom, India, and Indonesia to listen to a diverse group of panelists, including M Amin Abdullah (Director of Music, Film and Animation, Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, RI), Agus Maha Usadha ( VP Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (Kadin) Bali), and Samuel Hordem (Producer, Distributor, Philanthropist — Australia), Reza Servia (Producer, Starvision Plus – Indonesia), Stanley Kwan (Director & Producer- Hong Kong SAR), Sacha Chuk (Director- Hong Kong SAR), Robert Ronny (CEO, Paragon Pictures – Indonesia), Sakti Parantean (Fremantle Indonesia), Felix Tsang (Golden Scene – Hong Kong SAR).

The impassioned dialogue focused on regional film production unanimously agreeing that expanding the film industry’s market and developing talent is essential to maximize its value and impact a sentiment echoed by audience members, like notable Indonesian filmmakers Yosep Anggi Noen and Putrama Tuta.

Australian Producer Samuel B Hordern said, “The underlying economic opportunity for Indonesia is enormous if a few government policies were updated to encourage foreign production.”

Starvision Plus Producer Reza Servia said, “A current trend in global film content is social connection and genre-bending themes, which seem to open as social commentary and become something else. Even Hollywood is now seeing the importance of outside voices.”

“Balinale is mindful of such lobal trends and film’s potential for cultural exchange and to foster economic growth. The festival aims to leverage its growing prominence to attract world-class films and position it as a creative hub in Asia,” said Festival Founder Deborah Gabinetti.

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About Balinale:

Bali International Film Festival was founded in 2007 by Bali Film Center (BFC), a private company providing professional services and support for international productions throughout Indonesia since 2002. BFC sits on the Board of Directors of the Asian Film Commissions Network of 18 member countries. Other festival affiliations include Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Sundance Film Forward, American Film Showcase, HK International Film Festival, Asian Film Awards Academy, Art of the Score at The Juilliard School, Center for Innovation in the Arts.

Balinale 2024 Partners:

This year’s Bali International Film Festival is made possible by the generous support of its Festival Hotel & Venue Partners InterContinental Bali Sanur Resort, Holiday Inn Bali Sanur Hotel, Festival Screening Partner Cinepolis, Venue Partner Plaza Renon, Supporting Partners Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy and Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology, Affiliate Program Sponsors and Event Co-hosts Asian Film Awards Academy, Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office Jakarta, American-Indonesian Cultural Education Foundation, PR & Communications Partner, D&A (Darmawan Nagara Abiyasa) and Sinemata, Online Ticketing Partner, and Online Travel Experience Partner Pelago.

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