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Bali International Indigenous Film Festival - May 10-12

Top Indigenous Film Makers Headed to Ubud for Film Festival May 10-12, 2019

25 international filmmakers are coming to Bali on May 10, 2019 to attend an event that is arguably one of the largest and most culturally diverse gathering of Indigenous filmmakers in history. The 3-day event is expected to attract over 900 people to the 2 venues – Njana Tilem Museum and Paradiso Theatre in Ubud – that will both play host to the Bali International Indigenous Film Festival.

This important film event will bring Indonesian indigenous story-tellers and film-makers into contact with award-winning international film industry leaders who have distinguished careers supporting, protecting, and empowering indigenous culture through film.

Representative filmmakers from at least 15 countries will have the chance to meet and exchange ideas with some 25 directors during the festival’s Grand Opening Night on Friday, May 10, 2019. Over the ensuing three days  40 films will be screened from Ecuador, Panama, India, Nagaland, Australia, Canada, USA, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia and various regions from across Indonesia that include Kalimantan, Sumba, Papua, Maluku’s, Bali and Lombok

The Grand Opening Night on Friday, May 10, in Mas, Ubud will be held at the Njana Tilem Museum. A “meet and mingle” opportunity will start from 5:00 pm, followed by a convivial dinner with 25 directors.  Before dinner, a traditional welcoming ceremony will open the event including a program of local indigenous dance.  A major feature film and two documentaries will be screened during the evening followed by a Q &A with the director.  

Over three days, a total of 20 Indonesian films and 20 foreign films will be screened, each followed with a Q&A session with the filmmakers. 

Emmanuela Shinta, a filmmaker, festival co-founder, and a Dayak Ma’anyan native from Central Kalimantan, explains: “This year’s theme of ‘Stories that Matter’ speaks to the heart.  We, the indigenous people of this Country, can use film as a medium to promote and tell the stories of indigenous communities all over Indonesia. Every story matters.  When I made my film, ‘When Women Fight’, I had a big story to tell, but all stories matter. Whether they are big or small, we carefully considered every film submitted, and have picked the 40 best global and local Indigenous films. I am thrilled to announce our youngest Indigenous filmmaker - Kynan, a 14-year-old Dayak Iban boy will present his excellent film from Sungai Utik, a settlement West Kalimantan. His film shows daily life and offers insightful messages from the tribal leaders, who live by traditional adat customary law”.

Shinta continues: “By attending this film festival as a movie-going enthusiast, an aspiring filmmaker, or as an award-winning film director, we can all reach out to each other and get inspiration and connect. I am so excited to be able to meet people like Cleary Vaughan-Lee from Global Oneness Project, whose films and photo essays have been featured on National Geographic and PBS, and also in The New York Times, and The New Yorker addressing tribal issues, preserving indigenous language and presents impactful indigenous documentary films from the Yukon, USA and Canada. As an Indigenous Dayak Ma’anyan, I have so much to learn from these very prominent film industry participants.” 

Miliwanga Wurrben, an Aboriginal elder from the Mirratja Clan of the Rembarrnga Tribe, will conduct a traditional Aboriginal welcoming and smoking ceremony on the opening night of May 10th, in collaboration along with a local Balinese elder from the village of Mas.   

Festival co-founder David Metcalf said: “It is time for Indigenous voices to be heard, and by hosting the second Indigenous Film Festival here in Bali, the somewhat often under-celebrated protectors of this planet, the local indigenous people will tell their stories. We all want a more sustainable and harmonious world, so come and see what these dedicated and highly respected indigenous film leaders have to say.  Participate in the Q & A sessions and together let’s explore ways to promote a sustainable future and help to preserve indigenous cultures by giving them the respect and understanding they deserve while educating others about their wisdom and teachings of their ancestors”.

Festival Program at a Glance 

Friday, May 10, 2019       Opening Night: Njana Tilem Museum, Mas, Ubud at 5:00 pm -11:00  pm 

Saturday, May 11, 2019 Film Screenings Paradiso Theatre, Ubud 10:00 am – 11:00  pm 

Sunday, May 12, 2019  Film Screenings Paradiso Theatre, Ubud 10:00 am – 11:00  pm 

Valuable Links

Bali International Indigenous Festival Website

Bali International Indigenous Film Festival on Facebook

Bali International Indigenous Film Festival on Instagram 

Ticket Prices:

Ticket prices start from Rp. 300,000.

Full festival ticket covering three days and three nights cost Rp. 900,000

VIP, day passes and other ticket options available.

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