Balinale International Film Festival (BIFF) is an event that provides the opportunity for Indonesian filmmakers to present their work to local and international community. “The work of Indonesian filmmakers can rarely be enjoyed globally as having difficulty in penetrating the international market. To that end, it is necessary to promote them. One of the ways is through the BIFF,” said Deborah Gabinetti, one of the founders of the Balinale International Film Festival, after received by the Head of Badung Government Tourism Office, Cok Raka Darmawan, in the meeting room of the office, Monday (Feb 3).
Deborah Gabinetti said one of the purposes of the visit was to express her gratitude to the Regent of Badung AA Gde Agung who had given appreciation and support to facilitate the implementation of the BIFF 2013 coinciding with the implementation of the APEC so it could took place smoothly. “In addition, we also need the support and assistance of the Badung government to facilitate the implementation of the BIFF 2014 to be held around October 2014 in Bali,” said Deborah Gabinetti.
Secretary of the BIFF, Sundari, explained that it was established around 2007 by the Taksu Indonesia Foundation. Meanwhile, the foundation was founded by Christine Hakim and Deborah Gabinetti and posed a non-governmental and non-profit foundation. “Activities of the BIFF do not only show a film, but will also be filled with workshop on the film making, acting training seminar and so on. Workshop on the film making and the acting training will be conducted for the public and school students with resource persons consisting of renowned artists such as Didi Petet,” she added.
Meanwhile, the Head of Badung Government Tourism Office, Cok Raka Darmawan, welcomed the BIFF that had reached the seventh implementation. “Implementation of the BIFF can indirectly promote the beauty of Bali in general and of Badung in particular through the film. Promotion of tourism through the film also plays an important role in the efforts to introduce the beauty of nature, customs and culture to the world. As proof, it can be seen in the film entitled Eat, Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts,” he said.
Cok Raka Darmawan also expected that in the implementation of the BIFF 2014 the committee should also make coordination with the Badung government related to the installation of the BIFF billboards, so it would not interfere with the aesthetics of the area around the billboards. Besides, the activities would also invite children of the orphanage to watch film together held in the BIFF 2014. (BTN/015)