Still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minikino Film Week 7 (MFW7) short film festival – Bali International Short Film Festival, will be back on 3-11 September 2021 in Bali.
As a commitment to take care of each other, the entire series of events is held offline (physically) and online (on line) which is accompanied by a commitment to implementing health protocols for spectators and organizers on duty.
“Festivals in the midst of a pandemic still need to pay attention to health protocols and this year there are additional requirements for all festival workers and spectators to have proof of vaccine at least once or negative result of rapid antigen swab test in September 2021,said the festival director, Edo Wulia.
Recorded 925 short film titles, entered through online channels Short Film Depot and Filmfreeway which is open to film makers from all over the world, including Indonesia. All incoming films then go through a selection process. This year MFW7 shows 214 films from Indonesia and abroad, which are packaged in 36 programs.
In addition, Minikino Film Week 7 will feature short film programs from guest festivals, namely:
Image Forum Festival (Japan), In-Docs (Indonesia),
Seoul Yeongdeungpo International Extreme Short Image & Film Festival (Korea),
Asian reel (Canada), and
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France).
In networking with festivals outside Indonesia, minikino has succeeded in bringing Indonesian short film programs to market appear on various international film festival circuits throughout the year.
This year the selection and curation collaboration was carried out for the KAUM Alternative Indonesian Performance and Film Festival (Germany) on 8-21 August 2021, the Nòt Film Festival (Italy) on 24-29 August 2021, and the Seoul Yeongdeungpo International Extreme-Short Image & Film Festival ( SESIFF, South Korea) on 7-12 September 2021 and the Image Forum Festival in Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan on 25 September – 3 October 2021.
“Networking is key. Minikino Film Week is a bridge as well as a door that opens wide potential for collaboration and appreciation of the best Indonesian, Southeast Asian and international short films.“explain” Fransiska Prihadi, Minikino Program Director.
This year, Fransiska had the opportunity to be part of the jury committee in ReelOzInd! Australia Indonesia Short Film Competition and SESIFF Korea, speakers in workshop short fiction film organized by AKATARA, and presented the Minikino program at the Image Forum Festival on Films in Shelter dan Short Film Forum: How To Make The Most Of Film Festival organized by the Objectifs Center for Photography and Film, Singapore.
Award International Awards
This 2021, Minikino Film Week 7 again gives awards for the best short films in several categories, including; National Competition Award, Best Animation Short, Best Audio Visual Experimental Short, Best Children Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Fiction Short, Programmer’s Choice, and Best Short Film of The Year 2021.
The judges for this year’s international competition awards are Asako Fujioka (Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan), Lucky Kuswandi (film director and writer, Indonesia), Kelly Lui (Reel Asian, Canada), and Monez Gusmang (illustrator, Indonesia).
The nominees for the MFW National Competition Award were selected by the jury for the first stage, which was the sixth programmer Indonesia’s Kings 2021 are Akbar Rafsanjani (Aceh), Kardian Narayana (Bali), Kemala Astika (Cirebon), Nosa Normanda (Jakarta), Sazkia Noor Anggraini (Yogyakarta). The five nominations in this category are three short fiction films entitled Angpao (director Stefanus Cancan), Chintya (director Sesarina Puspita), Future Cerah (director Winner Wijaya) and two short documentary films, namely Shin Hua (director Erick Sutanto), Salmiyah (director). director Harryaldi Kurniawan). The winner was determined by a final jury meeting, namely Anom Darsana (music producer and sound engineer, Indonesia), John Badalu (film producer, Indonesia) and Sanchai Chotirosseranee (Thai Film Archive).
This year Minikino Film Week also partnered with The Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Humanitarian Rights and Law based in Lund, Sweden, to focus on short films dealing with a range of issues of equality, diversity and the environment. One short film will be selected to receive The RWI Asia Pacific Award at MFW7 with a cash prize of Rp. 10,000,000.
The films nominated for the title are Citarum (director Ali Satri Efendi, Indonesia, 2020), God’s Daughter Dances (director Sungbin Byun, South Korea, 2020), Gold is Eating People (director Su Xia, China, 2020), The Last Breath of Tonle Sap. (director Thomas Cristofoletti, Robin Narciso, Cambodia, 2020), and The Execution (director Jeroen Van der Stock, Japan, 2019).
Variety of Interaction Programs
Various pre-festival events have been held since last June. Starting with the Hybrid Writer Internship program which will continue until November 2021, to the annual national short film production competition, Staying Up Filmmaking Competition on July 23-24.
This year Minikino is supported by Kisahpedia, a film acquisition agency that pays attention to issues of diversity and tolerance in holding the Staying Up Filmmaking Competition. This competition was participated by 39 production teams from various regions in Indonesia, but only 29 teams managed to complete the production within the deadline. Then, from the 29 films that were submitted, they were re-selected until 10 selected films were selected to be screened during the festival.
Of the 10 selected films, 4 (four) nominated films were selected which will go through a judging process and compete for the title of winner, namely, Thank you, Mbak Anggun (dir. Dimas Adiputro, Suka Films), Welcome to Indonesia (dir. Azalia Muchransyah, CATastrophe Productions), Pro Cast (dir. Immanuel Kurniawan, Victoria Film / Malang, East Java), and From Mars For England (dir. Mochamad Rizky Fauzy, KMTF).
In addition to more than 150 film screenings in various locations during the week, MFW7 also provides facilities for film activists to meet, network, and promote their work through the Short Film Market. There are activities on the Kopi Selem discussion forum, Nurturing Film Festival Writers and Toast Your Short, workshop film review, Open Screen, Short Film Library, Open Screen Event, Staying Up 2021 Official Selection, and RWI Asia Pacific Award Nominees at MFW7 with Audio Description and Closed Caption which can be enjoyed with blind and deaf friends.
For the first time this year MFW7 will bring you a movie experience virtual reality (VR) entitled “Replacement” by Jonathan Hagard, an Indonesian-French director. This film depicts the roots of cultural identity, social, political and environmental changes. Prior to attending Minikino Film Week, “Penggantian” had already appeared and even won awards at various festivals such as the Venice International Film Festival, Annecy Festival and Siggraph.
Present all over Bali
This year, MFW7, the Bali International Short Film Festival, will be present at 15 pointsng scattered throughout Bali. The Festival Lounge or the meeting point for the festival is at MASH Denpasar. The rest of the locations are spread out in the city of Denpasar (Antida Sound Garden, Alliance Franaise Bali, Irama Indah Mini Hall, CushCush Gallery, Rumah Sanur Creative Hub, Men Brayut), Badung district (Uma Seminyak), Buleleng district (House of Sang Karsa Film), and the district of Gianyar (Omah Apik Pejeng). This year’s step-by-step screens will be held in Buleleng district (Pedawa Village), Jembrana district (Pangkungjaka, Tukadaya village) and Denpasar city (Kampung Hijau Berdaya Garden, Tegeh Sari Village).
Made Suarbawa, the director of traveling cinema, said that meeting the audience in the village in a tancap screen program always gives a new passion. This pandemic has made communication with collaborators even closer, in addition to coordinating, as well as exchanging information and support in activities and preparing for MFW7.
Digital program book and festival schedule available on site minikino.org/filmweek. All programs are free and open to the public, according to age guidelines. However, all prospective spectators are required to register first before coming to the event location to get a ticket festival pass. Form festival pass can be filled out online at minikino.org/mfw7pass. (cinemas)