World Industry Forum – Balinale Founder on the Role of Film Festivals

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World Industry Forum - Balinale Founder on the Role of Film Festivals

Bali, 5 April 2023 –  Bali International Film Festival  Founder and President, Deborah Gabinetti was a featured speaker in the  World Film Industry Conference in Macau from 30-31 March.

The conference’s World Film Festival Leader’s Forum topics included The Growth and Trends of Global Cinema Post-Covid-19 and the Features, Issues, and Solutions of International Film Festivals.

Other panelists included Catherine Fitzgerald, Chairperson of the New Zealand International Film Festival and award-winning Producer of Blueskin Films, and Joanne Goh, Founder and Chairperson of the Malaysia International Film Festival and Executive Producer of Jazzy Pictures. The discussion was moderated by Sherwood Hu, professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, member of the American Film and Drama Guild, and well-known director.

One of the most renowned film industry gatherings, the World Film Industry Conference drew producers, distributors, and directors from all around the world to share their perspectives, expertise, and experiences with other experts in the sector. The event was opened by Dr. Wilfred Wong Chairman of the Hong Kong Film Development Council, and Mr. Zhu Ting, Chairman of the World Film Industry Conference.

Gabinetti is a well-known name in the movie business, recognized for her love of independent filmmaking and dedication to fostering cross-cultural understanding via cinema. Since she created the Bali International Film Festival (also known as Balinale) in 2007, it has become one of Southeast Asia’s most important film festivals, exhibiting the best in Indonesian and international cinema and being recognized as a gathering of global creativity.

In addition, Gabinetti is the director of the Bali Film Center, having a long history of providing quality production services throughout Indonesia for the finest programs by some of the world’s most talented professionals.

Ms. Gabinetti discussed her experiences running a successful film festival, her outlook on the state of independent film, and her ideas on how film festivals can foster cross-cultural understanding at the World Film Festival Leader’s Forum.

Gabinetti stated, “I am honored to participate at the Global Film Industry Conference. I look forward to participating in an insightful and stimulating debate on the growth of the film industry in Southeast Asia and beyond, as well as to explore strategies to support independent film and cross-cultural dialogue.”

Bali International Film Festival (Balinale) is held from 1-4 June. This year’s 16th edition promises to be an extraordinary program, with a diverse lineup of films and events that celebrate the art and craft of filmmaking with international masterclasses.

Following the World Film Industry Conference, Gabinetti attended  Hong  Kong  International  Film

Festival  (HKIFF) from 27 March 2023 to 11 April 2023. Balinale established a creative partnership with HKIFF and Making Waves – Navigators of Hong Kong Cinema 2022 touring film program.

To learn more about the Bali International Film Festival, please visit Telephone: +62 361 270908  /


Bali  International  Film  Festival  (Balinale)

Bali International Film Festival (Balinale) was established in 2007 and is recognized internationally for its varied programming of global independent and Indonesian cinema.

The festival is known for its significant promotion of Indonesian film and further development of the country’s creative industries through global industry events, film associations, and its established professional affiliations.

Balinale invites foreign filmmakers to explore Indonesia for potential co-production opportunities. Balinale is endorsed by the National and Provincial Governments for its proven efforts in

delivering cultural, civic, and economic benefits to the country.

Bali  Film  Center

Bali Film Center (BFC) is a private organization committed to promoting Indonesia as a film location and production center for international projects.

Being at the forefront of generating filming throughout the country since 2002, the company facilitates an impressive array of film, television, print, and serial productions.

BFC has an extensive network and in-depth knowledge of the industry. BFC is recognized by

the national and provincial government for effectively promoting Indonesia’s creative individuals, industries, and diverse destinations.