Netflix Celebrates Indonesia’s National Film Day with a Pledge of Support for Local Cinema


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In honor of Indonesia’s National Film Day on March 30, Netflix is championing the country’s film industry by showcasing more local films. Further deepening this commitment, Netflix plans to host a series of workshops throughout the year for more than 250 budding filmmakers, ​​kicking off with today’s session on film production in collaboration with the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (JAFF).

Ruben Hattari, Director of Public Policy, SEA, Netflix, said, “As we commemorate this year’s National Film Day, Netflix reasserts its commitment to make Indonesian films available globally in 190 countries and enhance the quality of Indonesian movies by investing in its filmmakers.”

At today’s press conference in Jakarta, a lineup of the industry’s renowned filmmakers shared their hopes and visions for the future of Indonesian cinema. The panel included actor and producer Prilly Latuconsina, JAFF founder and renowned director Ifa Isfansyah and producer Taufan Adryan of Visinema Pictures.

Netflix has also announced its commitment to continue the journey of several Indonesian films that were previously screened in cinemas, by making them available on its platform to get a wider audience. Content Lead Netflix Indonesia Rusli Eddy explained that this year Netflix aims to add more than 50 Indonesian films that were screened in cinemas to Netflix. Among these are Budi Pekerti, Jatuh Cinta Seperti di Film-Film, and 13 Bom di Jakarta.

Prilly Latuconsina said, “The progress of the Indonesian film industry is deeply related to its human resources. I hope more and more emerging filmmakers have the opportunities to create and inspire for the industry to keep evolving. Moreover, Indonesian films on Netflix will reach a larger audience, such as those who missed them in the cinemas as well as international audiences.”

Meanwhile Taufan Adryan noted, “As storytellers, it’s our wish to tell our stories to more people and hope that we can speak to a larger audience. A partnership with Netflix is remarkable as not only do we get the chance to get to places in Indonesia that don’t have movie theaters, we even get to reach audiences outside of Indonesia.”

As part of today’s event, Netflix and JAFF conducted a workshop aptly titled “What They Don't Talk About When They Talk About Film Production,” which shed light on the administrative and legal aspects of film production, an area often overlooked in traditional film education curricula.

Attended by a talented group of 60 emerging producers and production teams, the workshop tackled a range of crucial topics. From third-party collaborations and music licensing to financial planning and legal contracts, the session was a deep dive into the nuts and bolts of film production.

Ifa Isfansyah of JAFF said, “The four elements in the film ecosystem, namely filmmakers, the government, mass media and audience, are currently aligned by having the same vision. My wish on this National Film Day is that the four elements continue to be aligned as it’s the key way to move forward.”

Ifa added, “With Netflix, Indonesian films will live longer as they are always available to their audience.”

Watch a sneak peek of the fresh batch of Indonesian films landing on Netflix. Click here to see the full lineup of local films already streaming.

Below are the newest Indonesian films you can find on the service, as well as what’s coming next. You can access more event photos here.

Budi Pekerti

Release date: March 21
Director: Wregas Bhanuteja
Starring: Sha Ine Febriyanti, Angga Yunanda, Prilly Latuconsina, Dwi Sasono
Logline: A school guidance counselor faces backlash when a video of her public outburst goes viral—threatening her career and the livelihood of her family.

Jatuh Cinta Seperti di Film-film

Release date: March 29
Director: Yandy Laurens
Starring: Ringgo Agus Rahman, Nirina Zubir, Alex Abbad, Sheila Dara, Dion Wiyoko
Logline: A screenwriter discreetly pens a romance film script based on his feelings after reconnecting with his high school crush.

172 Days

Release date: April 4
Director: Hadrah Daeng Ratu
Starring: Bryan Domani, Yasmin Napper, Yoriko Angeline
Logline: A young woman with a troubled past turns to religion as she seeks purpose in life—and a chance at finding true love. Based on a true story.

13 Bom di Jakarta

Release date: April 30
Director: Angga Dwimas Sasongko
Starring: Chicco Kurniawan, Ardhito Pramono, Lutesha, Rio Dewanto, Putri Ayudya, Niken Anjani

Ali Topan

Release date: Coming soon in 2024
Director: Sidharta Tata
Starring: Jefri Nichol, Lutesha

Pemandi Jenazah

Release date: June 27
Director: Hadrah Daeng Ratu
Starring: Aghniny Haque, Djenar Maesa Ayu, Ibrahim Risyad

Kereta Berdarah

Release date: Coming soon in 2024
Director: Rizal Mantovani
Starring: Hana Malasan, Putri Ayudya, Kiki Narendra, Zara Leola, Fadly Faisal, Ruth Marini

Siksa Neraka

Release date: Coming soon in 2024
Director: Anggy Umbara
Starring: Keisha Alvaro, Rizky Fachrel, Safira Ratu Sofya, Nayla D Purnama, Slamet Raharjo, Ariyo Wahab

Source Netflix, Inc.

March 28, 2024 5:19am ET by Newsdesk  

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