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ReelOzInd! 2024: diversity/keberagaman

Submissions for the 9th ReelOzInd! Australia Indonesia Short Film Festival will open on 24 April.

For almost a decade, this popular and unique bi-national short film festival has been bringing Australian and Indonesian audiences together to celebrate and enjoy the work of talented and emerging filmmakers from both countries.

The theme for the 2024 competition is KEBERAGAMAN/DIVERSITY.

Festival director Jemma Purdey said the theme of diversity/keberagaman is a familiar concept for Indonesians and Australians,

“Both of our multicultural societies are stronger for the differences we celebrate and respect in each other,” Dr Purdey said.

“But sometimes we also take this idea or even the word ‘diversity’ for granted. We would love filmmakers to challenge us to think more deeply – out of the box – about what it means in our lives today.

“In our hyper-connected digital era we have access to the greatest ever range of ideas, cultures, technologies, talents, skills and opinions. We are also more mindful than ever of the difficulties we face in making sure that our communities – both online and offline – remain places that are open to and tolerant of diversity .”

Submissions open in FilmFreeway on Wednesday 24 April and close on 2 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 launching this October and running through to December 2024.

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.