Festival Sinema Australia Indonesia 2017
Dev Patel as Saroo Brierly on “Lion”
“Lion” Headlines Festival Sinema Australia Indonesia 2017

Australian Embassy in Indonesia once again hold Festival Sinema Australia Indonesia (FSAI) in 2017 to celebrate thriving film industries in both countries. The festival will celebrate the talent and expertise of the Indonesian and Australian film industries and it will run from 26 to 29 January at Jakarta’s Senayan City XXI. This year’s festival will see Golden Globes’ nominated motion picture, “Lion” as the headliner. The movie is based on a true story of Saroo Brierly, an Australian who was adopted from India who used today’s technology to trace back his mother and family.Saroo Brierly wrote a book called “A Long Way Home” in which it became the foundation for the film adaptation. The movie version of the book sees Saroo Brierly character is played by actor Dev Patel, who was a star of Award winning movie, Slumdog Millionaire. Moreover, Brierly is also appointed as the Australian representative to officially open the festival in Jakarta. The Festival will continue with screenings in Makassar 28-29 January and in Surabaya 4-5 February 2017. Mr. Brierly is scheduled to join a Q&A session in “Lion” screenings in Jakarta and Makassar.

Festival Sinema Australia Indonesia 2017
Schedule of FSAI 2017

Meanwhile, FSAI will also feature another Australian award-winning films like “Girl Asleep”, “Looking for Grace”, “Satellite Boy” and “The Ravens”. Indonesia send the representatives with a stellar directors line up like Kamila Andini, Mouly Surya and Riri Riza. They will present their movies which are “Following Diana”, “What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love” and “Sokola Rimba” respectively. FSAI also becomes the platform for emerging Indonesian filmmakers to showcase their works. In the inaugural FSAI Short Film Competition, six finalists have been shortlisted from 300 entries and they will go head-to-head to win a trip to this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival in August. The judging panel comprises Kamila Andini, Australian award-winning director Jennifer Perrott, and Melbourne Festival programmer Thomas Caldwell.

Festival Sinema Australia Indonesia 2017Other than becoming a cultural bridge between Indonesia and Australia, Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Paul Grigson said the Festival is a celebration of the thriving film industries in both Australia and Indonesia. “Australians and Indonesians share a love of film as a way of expressing their hopes, dreams and challenges and both countries have dynamic industries and a wealth a creative talent,” Ambassador Grigson said. You can see the complete schedule on the picture above or follow Australian embassy’s social media for more updates. You can register yourself to watch the film screenings for free via Eventbrite.

Schedule :

  • Jakarta : 26 – 29 January 2017 at XXI Senayan City
  • Makassar : 28 – 29 January 2017 at XXI Trans Studio
  • Surabaya : 4 – 5 February 2017 at XXI SUTOS