BALINALE Attracts International Films and Global Filmmakers

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Bali, INDONESIA – BALINALE International Film Festival will exhibit at the AFCI Film Locations Trade Show  film industry event of international and regional service companies, film festivals, commissioners and production houses providing information on  the vast range of incentives, production locations, and business and support services. Locations takes place from June 27-29 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, USA.

BALINALE is the only international film festival in Indonesia and recognized internationally for the quality and diversity of its programming and its professional delivery of the associated events. Known for its specialized knowledge and importance in promoting films from Indonesia and the potential film industry growth within the region, BALINALE hosted the ASEAN Film Focus, is appointed Consulting Organization for Asia Pacific Screen Awards (Brisbane, Australia) and ASEAN International Film Festival & Awards (Kuching, Malaysia), is affiliated with Motion Picture Association (MPA) and the Asian Film Commissions Network (AFCNet), an organization made up of 16 member countries, actively promotes production in the region and contributes to the overall development of the Asian Film Industry.

BALINALE 2013 will celebrate the art of global cinema in presenting all genres of mainstream, independent, documentary and short films from around the world. The weeklong event is held at Cinema XXI Beachwalk Kuta on the island of Bali from October 4-10 2013. 

Selected international film industry professionals are invited to participate in the festival and explore the possibilities the country has to offer in the form of locations, story ideas and creative resources.

Recent international productions filming in Indonesia and associated with and/or screened in the festival include; Sony Pictures Eat Pray Love (Bali); Universal Pictures Savages (Moyo); QED International Alex Cross (Bali), Magidson Films’ Samsara (Java and Bali); Warner Bros. Pictures IMAX Under the Sea 3D (Komodo) and Born to be Wild 3D (Kalimantan).

This year’s seventh annual festival coincides with the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders Meeting, CEO Summit and Unthinkable Week Bali. According to Deborah Gabinetti, Festival Co-Founder, ‘Many of APEC’s 21 member economies support strong film industries and Indonesia, as its 2013 host nation, recognizes the importance of film as an effective way of leveraging a country’s visibility and boost their economic and tourism potential.’ Deborah adds, ‘Once people identify with a country’s culture and its arts, the more influence it can wield abroad.’

Acting not only as entertainment, BALINALE program includes; Film Industry Forums, Product Demonstrations, Children’s Charity Program and a year-long series of Educational Workshops & Seminars conducted by award winning filmmakers including; Lee Chang-dong, Davina Belling, Donna Smith, Stan Wlodkowski, David Michod, Jan Chapman,  HYPERLINK “” Xue Xiaolu, Rachel Perkin, Ricahrd Horowitz and Leo Shi Young.

The annual festival has steadily built on its number of domestic and international audience, attending filmmakers, educational programs, film screenings and participating countries. BALINALE 2012 presented 34 films from 13 countries with Audience Choice Award Winners; Lovely Man (Indonesia), Ochre and Ink (Australia), and Luminaris (Argentina).