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The 5th Balinale International Film Festival

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The fabled island of Bali will host of a number of high-profile movie-screenings as the 5th Balinale 2011 International Film Festival gets underway from November 15-20, 2011.

The Balinale Film Festival will be held at the Galeria 21 Cineplex, Mal Bali Galeria, Simpang Dewa Ruci at the Kuta Roundabout. The event is designed to offer an opportunity for local directors to showcase their talents to a global audience, while allowing international moviemakers to visit Indonesia and see its potential as a location for filming or story concepts.

Coinciding with the 19th Annual ASEAN Summit, which also takes place in Bali in November, this year the festival will feature a special highlight on ASEAN film focus that aims to promote production in the region and expose the talented individuals behind the local film industry. Included in the festival program is a workshop conducted by Gabrielle Kelly, Associate Arts Professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts – Asia. Ms Kelly produced an omnibus of narrative shorts from ASEAN country filmmakers.

Balinale International Film Festival was established in 2007 by Bali Taksu Indonesia Foundation, founded by Christine Hakim, Indonesia’s internationally-recognized film actress and producer, and Deborah Gabinetti, Director of Bali Film Center, the non-profit, non-government Indonesian-registered charity organization, which provides an opportunity to invite foreign filmmakers to screen their films while experiencing Indonesia’s accommodating culture and diverse locations for possible film locations or story ideas.

Last year’s event saw high-profile screenings of movies such as Eat Pray Love starring Julia Roberts, part of which was set in Bali, as well as other international offerings included Animal Kingdom, Home by Christmas, and A Good Day to Die. This year, among a number of movies, the festival will show international premieres of some of high-profile movies including Indonesia’s They Live to Die and Bali-Island of the Dogs, New Zealand’s Billy T: Te Movie (from the USA), Another Earth, and the premiering in Indonesia of Antonio Banderas’s latest, starring: Puss in Boots.

Workshops and free seminars are an important part of the festival, a number of which offer Indonesian students and young filmmakers the opportunity to learn from established Indonesian and international professionals. To date, the festival has enjoyed the support of the participation of Oscar, Emmy, BAFTA, and Cannes award-winning filmmakers in helping to achieve the goals of bringing together films and their makers at a gathering of global creativity.

Aside from Gabrielle Kelly, the festival has also invited the up-and-coming filmmaker Mustafa Davis. Founder of the award-winning production company Cinemotion Media – a production company that has produced feature award-winning documentary films including the Common Ground, Deen Tight, and The Warm Heart of Africa – his work has been showcased internationally on MTV, PBS, iTV, Rotana, Al Risala, Abu Dhabi TV, Dubai TV, Channel 1Yemen TV, IQRA, TV Sudan, MBC, Al Aqariyya, KBC, Dream, and at international film festivals, screenings, and exhibitions.

The festival has the honor of being endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Enconomy (former Ministry of Culture and Tourism), Bali Governor’s Office, and the Regency of Badung.

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