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  • 14Jun 2012

Singapore/Jakarta: On June 13, over 100 local filmmakers along with international guest film executives gathered together to discuss and champion new opportunities for the film industry in Indonesia at the MPA ICAD Film Workshop.

Held at the Grandkemang Hotel in Jakarta, the one-day Workshop, presented by the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and the Indonesian Contemporary Art & Design (ICAD) exhibition, functioned as an informative masterclass on script development, co-production partnerships, financing and packaging feature films and international sales and marketing.

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Speaking at the event, renowned film producer Shanty Harmayn (Sang Penari) said, “It’s not often that we as a local industry find the opportunity to come together and discuss in such a constructive fashion the creative and business aspects of filmmaking. The MPA ICAD Film Workshop was an important exercise, allowing those of us in the local industry to identify and deliberate on practical ways we can produce local stories for the screen and get them seen by
larger audiences both here and around the world. It’s stimulating to see so many filmmakers eager to take our industry to the next level.”

Guest speaker Michael Werner, the Hong Kong-based CEO of Fortissimo Films said that the filmmaking community in Indonesia was one to watch. “I was honoured, along with my fellow respected filmmakers and film executives, to be invited to participate in this ground-breaking film workshop in Jakarta. Asia is certainly the hotspot for filmmaking at the moment and Indonesia is making its presence felt. My experience here in Jakarta reaffirms my belief that Indonesian filmmakers have the potential to develop their industry and produce some exciting new films for audiences here, in Asia and further afield.”

Diana Nazir, from the ICAD Steering Committee said, “Every year, ICAD covers all aspects of the creative industry, not just arts and design. The film industry is an exciting sector and part of a burgeoning creative scene, so we’re thrilled to partner with the local film industry and MPA for this special event.”

Co-hosting the event, Mike Ellis, President and Managing Director Asia Pacific MPA, said, “There is a lot of excitement right now around the potential for the Indonesian film industry to produce more films which connect with larger audiences, both here and overseas. The Raid has certainly resonated with cinema goers far and wide, and that’s tremendously pleasing to see. I’d like to thank all of our guest speakers who shared the knowledge, visions and ideas so generously during our Workshop, and our tremendous partners ICAD, and hope that this event proves to stimulate new film projects, partnerships and positive ideas to grow the local film industry.”

The Workshop’s local and international guest speakers included: Producer Mira Lesmana (Petualangan Sherina, Ada Apa Dengan Cinta, Sang Pemimpi and Laskar Pelangi), Malaysian Producer/Writer/Actor Norman Halim (Cicak Man, Deadline, The Malay Chronicles and Vikingdom), Singapore-based CEO of Golden Village cinemas Kurt Rieder, Special Advisor, Ministry of Tourism & Creative Economy Cokorda Istri Dewi, Producer Maya Barack Evans (The
Raid), Writer/Director Joko Anwar (Kala, Modus Anomali), Producer Shanty Harmayn (Sang Penari), Producer Meiske Taurisia (Postcards From The Zoo), CEO Fortissimo Films Michael NEWS RELEASE Werner, Director/Writer/Producer Riri Riza (Laskar Pelangi), Writer/Director/Producer Teddy Soeriaatmadja, Producer/Director Gary Hayes (Eat, Pray, Love) and Producer/Director Lola Amaria (Miggu Pagi di Victoria Park).

The MPA Asia Pacific has hosted film workshops since 2006, providing stepping-stones for emerging filmmakers to develop their careers. The MPA most recently partnered with the China International Copyright Expo (CICE) in December 2011 to convene the MPA CICE Film Workshop in Beijing, China.

On June 13, representatives from the local film and television industry launched a study by Oxford Economics The Economic Contribution of the Indonesian Film and Television Industry, which found that the Indonesian film and television industry contributed USD845.1 million (Rp7,675 billion) to the country’s economy and created more than 191,000 jobs in 2010, generating USD86.5 million (Rp785 billion) in tax revenues.

About Indonesian Contemporary Art & Design (ICAD)
ICAD is the first exhibition in Indonesia that brings together a collaboration of design, art, technology, entertainment and hospitality. Organised by Artura, a leading design firm, the exhibition runs annually over a six-week period in Jakarta and involves a wide-ranging program of activities.

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