‘Balinale’ – Bali’s International Film Festival Returns in June 2022

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Press Release 2022

Bali, 17 May 2022 – After holding a scaled down event last year, the ‘Balinale’ – the prestigious Bali International Film Festival – returns to Bali’s movie screens with a complete program for its15th year to the Beachwalk Cinema XII from Thursday, 9 June until Sunday, 12 June. An impressive four days of newly released never seen before independent Indonesian and foreign movies will be shown to satisfy all movie enthusiasts’ and film communities’ tastes.

The festival’s founder and executive director, Deborah Gabinetti said, “we will bring for the first time to Indonesia a unique and live hologram presentation with Hong Kong producer and director Stanley Kwan or an innovative meet-and-greet and introduction to his critically acclaimed 1988 restored classic, Rouge as part of a section of films celebrating Hong Kong SAR 25th Anniversary.

A total of 63 films representing 26 countries with several World, Asian and International Premiers screened during the event. The festival will officially open with the World Premiere of Keluarga Cemara 2 on Thursday, 9 June with the film’s director Ismail Basbeth in attendance. The heart-warming inspirational movie is full of important life lessons told through humour.

All movies require pre-registration through https://www.balinale.com/festival/. Registration opens on May 21st. Online program will be through Book My Show https://balifilmfest.bigtix.io/ . Movies titles and times can be found at the festival website, www.balinale.com

This year’s festival will continue to follow its long traditional of presenting independent films bringing to Bali a wide array of genres, styles and languages including narrative features, documentaries, and short films as a combination of in-cinema and online.

The ‘Balinale’, recognised internationally as one of the premier film festivals in Southeast Asia, is known for its specialised knowledge and importance in supporting Indonesia’s independent cinema and promoting emerging and established Indonesian film makers.

According to long time Bali resident, Gabinetti, the mission of the festival is to promote independent cinema and showcase the best of Indonesian movie making, more and more of which are receiving global recognition at international film festivals such as the Locarno Film Festival, Toronto and Red Sea Festival in Saudi Arabia, South Korea’s Busan, and Seattle, among others.

Gabinetti, said, “it is our driving passion to expose Indonesian film alongside an international line-up, which we hope will drive pride and passion in our local film makers.

“We are seeing our film makers trying new and refreshing themes and genres beyond Indonesians’ fascination for violence and horror, to introducing themes around unknown heroes, women and cultures, while trialling new viewing platforms such as streaming as well as the traditional cinema. There is a re-emergence of Indonesia film industry, once the world’s third greatest producer of movies after Hollywood and Bollywood.
“There is a very obvious new passion for film making across Indonesia, which is hugely
exciting for our industry.


Balinale, the Bali International Film Festival, was established in 2007. It is recognized internationally for the diversity of its programming consisting of Indonesian and international independent and award-winning fiction, documentary, feature, and short films.

The festival is credited for the quality of its events where filmmakers from around the world come together to collaborate and share, helping us to achieve our goal of creating a gathering of global creativity. The festival is known as a platform for promoting Indonesian cinema and for supporting important educational development and skills building through workshops and seminars.

The festival actively participates in global industry events, and has professional associations with major studios and distributors, and established affiliations with like-minded institutions and organizations, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, ASEAN International Film Festival & Awards, Asian Film Commissions Network, Motion Picture Association, American Film Showcase, Sundance Institute’s Film Forward, and The Juilliard School.

Balinale (Bali International Film Festival) holds the honour of being endorsed by the National and Provincial Government for its proven efforts in delivering cultural, educational, and economic benefits to the country. The festival is strongly supported by the local community.

For Further Information
Balinale Headquarters
Bali International Film Festival
Jalan Mertasari 10-B | 80228 Sanur Bali | INDONESIA
T: + 62 (0) 361 270 908 / W: www.balinale.com

Special Notes to Editors:

  1. All non-English language films will have English subtitles
  2. All Hong Kong films will have Indonesian subtitles
  3. In-person showings will be at Beachwalk Cinema XXI, Kuta, Bali
  4. Online program will be through Book My Show https://balifilmfest.bigtix.io/ Movies titles and times can be found at the festival website, www.balinale.com
  5. All side activities can also be found at the festival website: www.balinale.com and at Townscript https://www.balinale.com/festival/
  6. Social media sites: https://www.instagram.com/bali.nale/ https://www.facebook.com/BALINALE