The ReelOzInd! 2022 Australia-Indonesia Short Film Festival is in full swing, launching with successful premieres in both Melbourne and Malang on Saturday, before embarking on our pop-up festival of screenings.
Melbourne, Australia premiere
The sold-out Australian premiere took place at ACMI in Melbourne’s Federation Square on Saturday, 22 October.
Festival Director Jemma Purdey was pleased to welcome the Indonesian Consul-General for Victoria and Tasmania, Mr Kuncoro Waseso, and his staff. Also in attendance were Monash University’s Professor Abid Khan and the Herb Feith Centre’s Dr. Sharyn Graham Davies.
Winning filmmakers Joseph Hoh (Wonderfully Made) and Roro Sawita (In the Solitude of Longing) were joined on stage in a Q&A session following the festival screening by judge Alex von Hofmann and host Peter Krausz of Movie Metropolis.
The Australia-Indonesia Centre was pleased to include its Indonesia-based staff as guests of the event. It extends its thanks to our friends and colleagues at AIYA for their exceptional work as volunteers in support of the screening.
Malang, Indonesia premiere
The festival’s Indonesian premiere, the first official event of 2022, took place at CGV Malang City Point in Malang, East Java.
Hosted in collaboration with our Festival Partners Universitas Brawijaya and Universitas Negeri Malang, AIC’s ReelOzInd! Fellow (Indonesia) Gaston Soehadi was among those in attendance, including Mr Anthony Clark of the Australian Consulate-General for Surabaya, Universitas Brawijaya’s Dr Reza Safitri and Universitas Negeri Malang’s Dr. Suharyadi and Dr. Anik Nunuk Wulyani.
Further, we were pleased to host award-winning filmmakers Dharma Nugraha (The Scent of Rat Carcasses), Annisa Adjam and crew (My Clouded Mind) and Reyhan Salman & Fadhel Muhammad (Siwul).
Our first pop-up festival screening: KEK Singhasari
Just three short days after our successful premieres, the first ReelOzInd! 2022 pop-up festival screening took place on 25 October.
Local organisers from KEK Singhasari and Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang were pleased to include as guests the Consul-General from Surabaya, Ms Fiona Hoggart.
Ms Hoggart joined AIC’s ReelOzInd! Fellow (Indonesia) Gaston Soehadi, former ACICIS Malang director Novin Raya Wibowo, and filmmaker Mahesa Desagafor a special discussion about the Australia-Indonesia relationship ahead of the screening itself.
The ReelOzInd! pop-up screening and discussion was held alongside activities to celebrate the ceremonial opening of the KEK Singhasari’s new Animation & Film Factory (AFF) by Mr Sandiaga Uno, Indonesia’s Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy.
If you’re interested in hosting a pop-up event of your own, you can learn more about the process here.
Now in its seventh year, the ReelOzInd! Australia-Indonesia short film festival would not be possible without the support of its 2022 festival partners Universitas Brawijaya, Universitas Negeri Malang and Blueboat, community partners AIYA, and media partners FilmFreeway, Inside Indonesia and Viddsee.