On April 1, the Association of Indonesian Film Producers (APROFI), Motion Picture Association (MPA) and AKATARA film business forum and market, partnered to host the Indonesia Script to Screen Film Workshop 2021. It was supported by the Ministry of Education & Culture, the Ministry of Tourism & Digital Economy, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), and the Asia Pacific Screen Academy (APSA).
The program opened with welcome remarks delivered by Nadiem Makarim – Indonesia’s Minister of Education & Culture, Belinda Lui – President & Managing Director, Asia Pacific, MPA, Edwin Nazir – Chairman of APROFI, and an introduction to the speakers by Stephen Jenner – VP Communications, Asia Pacific, MPA.
The first session focused on project development, East vs. West approaches to storytelling, and how best to develop shows aimed at family audiences – topics identified by leading Indonesian producers as most valuable to the local screen community today. Experienced content executive Myleeta Aga (Netflix, BBC Studios), and Assoc. Prof. (Pia) Pieter Aquilia – Head of Screenwriting, AFTRS, delivered masterclasses on the topic, and were joined in a stimulating exchange of ideas by film producer, Magma Entertainment – Linda Gozali, well-known film producer, Miles Films – Mira Lesmana, and film producer and director Kimo Stamboel.
During the program, the partners launched a new video competition for filmmakers and content creators called Cinta Lokasi Indonesia (I Love Indonesian Locations). Filmmakers are asked to produce a 60-90 second video that best captures their favourite shooting location across Indonesia. Take a look at the promotional trailer here.
Guest speakers were then joined by Australian actor and producer Aaron Fa’Aoso to assist in judging the pitch competition. Five filmmakers pitched their new projects, and then engaged in Q&A with the judges moderated by Nora Mediana. Three projects were selected by the judging panel: The Murders in The Holy Village by Fachri Al Jupri; Perempuan Bahu Laweyan by Evan Secunda and Scattered by Aline Djayasukmana. The winners will receive an introduction to the film and television industry in Los Angeles via the online Global Film & Television Program in November this year.
View the Indonesia Script to Screen Film Workshop 2021 here.
View the Cinta Lokasi Indonesia (I Love Indonesian Locations) location promo competition here.