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Quest/Pencarian announced as the theme for eighth ReelOzInd! Short Film Festival

ReelOzInd! Short Film Competition and Festival is back in 2023, with this year’s theme being ‘quest/pencarian’.

This is the eighth instalment of the popular festival that aims to bring together Australian and Indonesian audiences through cinema.

Festival director Jemma Purdey said the theme reflected the optimism and drive of a post-pandemic environment.

“The world is entering a period of intensive exploration and creativity as we seek out new possibilities and opportunities and cross unexplored frontiers,” Dr Purdey said.

“After the pandemic years, we are yearning for adventures and physically travelling once again beyond our neighbourhoods, meeting new people and challenging ourselves to go a step further. Such a quest can lead to new outlooks, relationships, and discoveries.

“We can’t wait to see what our filmmakers find and to hear about the journey they take along the way.”

Submissions open in FilmFreeway on Wednesday 26 April and close on 1 August.

Short films should be a maximum of 10 minutes, with $15,000 in prizes to be won across categories including Best Short Film, Best Fiction, Best Documentary and Best Young Filmmaker.

Films are judged by a jury of Indonesian and Australian filmmakers, experts and critics, with the festival itself launching in a hybrid format this October and running through to December 2023.

The festival pivoted to an online-only format in both 2020 and 2021, before returning to a physical gathering last year.

Guidelines and conditions for the festival can be read here: https://reelozind.com/about/guidelines/

For more details about the festival, stay tuned to ReelOzInd!’s social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Eager viewers may also sign up for updates via the Australia-Indonesia Centre’s mailing list.