Bali will host its 4th international film festival on December 12 to 16, 2006 and is extending its invitation to Filipino filmmakers to submit their DVD or VCD films in the filmfest’s two categories.
Sri Yatun, the BIFFest 2006 chief coordinator who coursed the invitation through
the Philippine ambassador to Indonesia, said the categories are the Sarasvati Award Competition and the Student Video Competition Award.
The Sarasvati award will accept films in DVD formats in their original language with English subtitles.
The Student Video Competition Award is open to students, individually or in groups, who are beginners and non-professional filmmakers. Submitted films must run from 10 to 30 minutes. An individual or a group can submit two entries.
There is no entry fee for both categories and entries must be received on or before November 1, 2006.
The filmfest will be held in six regions of Bali, namely, Denpasar, Jembrana, Tabanan, Bangli, Badung and Gianyar.
The filmfest coordinators said that the event aims to put Bali and Indonesia in the forefront of modern human cultural efforts and is envisioned to benefit primarily
the Balinese youth generation.
Mr. Sri Yatun said that the filmfest also aims to re-establish Bali as one of the favorite island tourist destinations to recover from the terrorist bombings that struck the island several years ago.
The chief coordinator forwarded official entry forms for the Sarasvati Award and Student Video Competition. Those interested may secure their entry forms from the Secretariat of the Film Academy of the Philippines office at the OctoArts building on Panay Street, just behind the National Book Store branch.