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Europe on Screen 2021 ends with high attendance and awards

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The 21st edition of the European Union (EU) Film Festival “Europe on Screen” (EOS) successfully wrapped up its virtual festival in Indonesia with a closing ceremony on Monday (27/9).

Photo: EU Ambassador Vincent Piket, Italian Ambassador Benedetto Latteri, EOS 2021 Festival Co-Directors Meninaputri Wismurti and Nauval Yazid with winners of the SFPP 2021.

 

Europe on Screen 2021 ends with high attendance and awards

The 21st edition of the European Union (EU) Film Festival “Europe on Screen” (EOS) successfully wrapped up its virtual festival in Indonesia with a closing ceremony on Monday (27/9). The festival had presented 53 European films and a compilation of 3 Indonesia short films, as well as hosted interactive sessions with more than 65 European and Indonesian filmmakers and film experts. Thousands of people from across Indonesia attended the virtual festival.

“The Europe on Screen is the longest running foreign film festival in Indonesia. This year is our 21st edition and it is the second time that we are hosting the festival virtually due to the pandemic. Over 13 days, we had films, workshops, film talks and webinars that were entertaining, enriching or thought-provoking,” said H.E. Vincent Piket, EU Ambassador to Indonesia. “Through the films, we have shown the Indonesian public the diversity of our continent and the creativity of the audio-visual sector. We also built links between top personalities from the European film industry and film students in Indonesia. I hope that the sharing of experience and knowledge will help these students along their creative paths,” he added.

We Are the Thousand – a rousing music documentary from Italy, directed by Anita Rivalori in 2020 – was chosen to conclude the festival. The 80-minute documentary and winner of the SXSW Film Festival 2021 Audience Award tells a story about a marine biologist who managed to gather 1,000 musicians in Italy to play music together in order to get attention from a well-known rock band, Foo Fighter. What started as a petition ended up creating literally the biggest rock band on earth.

“The Italian Embassy in Indonesia and Istituto Italiano di Cultura Jakarta are proud to present to you this year’s closing film: ‘We Are The Thousand, the incredible story of Rockin’ 1000’, as one of Italy's best documentary films in 2020. It will be a great film with uplifting inspiration to close the festivities this year,” said H.E. Benedetto Latteri, Italian Ambassador to Indonesia.

Held virtually for the second time, EOS 2021 received an overwhelming response from the public. “We are glad that our loyal EOS viewers are very enthusiastic towards our online edition, even in the midst of the screen fatigue phenomenon that is common to many during the pandemic,” said Meninaputri Wismurti, EOS 2021 festival co-director. “This is evidenced by the high participation since we started with the ‘Road to EOS: Instagram Live’ in July all the way through to the other events during EOS 2021,” she added. “In terms of the programme itself, we are proud to be able to increase the number of films at this year’s festival by more than 25% and present twice as many ‘Film Talk’ sessions compared to last year,” said Nauval Yazid, EOS 2021 festival co-director.

During the festival’s closing ceremony, three winners of the Short Film Pitching Project (SFPP) 2021 were also announced. For this year, the SFPP – the festival’s annual competition for promising filmmakers – received an astounding 152 entries. Eight finalists were selected to pitch their ideas to a 3-member jury panel on 24 September.

Here is the list of SFPP 2021 winners:


  • 1st Prize Winner: Bibir Merah Siapa Yang Punya, by Haris Supiandi and Pawadi, from Pontianak – The winner will receive a partial film production fund of IDR 12 million from EOS; a partial post-production fund of IDR 10 million, a film editing course and two script writing short courses from SAE Indonesia; as well as an exclusive package prize from Kemala Home Living.
  • 2nd Prize Winner: Catch to Release, by Andrew Kose and Evi Cecilia, from Jakarta – The winner will receive a partial film production fund of IDR 9 million from EOS; two script writing short courses from SAE Indonesia; and an exclusive package prize from Kemala Home Living.
  • 3rd Prize Winner: Riwayat Ceti, by Azalia Muchransyah and Adhi Anugroho, from Bogor – The winner will receive a partial film production fund of IDR 7 million from EOS; a script writing short courses from SAE Indonesia; and an exclusive package prize from Kemala Home Living.

Films of the SFPP 2021 winners will be premiered at EOS 2022.

21 films in EOS 2021 are back by popular demand and available for viewing via Festival Scope and 3 Film Talk and Festival Updates IGLive are back until 2 October 2021.

The film titles are:

  • 438 Days 

  • Any Day Now 

  • Becoming Mona 

  • Caged Birds 

  • Copilot 

  • Dealing with Death 

  • Dear Future Children 

  • Fox in a Hole 

  • God, You’re Such a Prick 

  • Havel 

  • Here We Move Here We Groove 

  • Hope
  • I Never Cry
  • Little Girl
  • Red Soil
  • Rosa’s Wedding
  • SFPP Winners 2020
  • Should the Wind Drop
  • Stop-Zemlia
  • Those Who Remained
  • Young Ahmed

The Film Talk and Festival Updates IGLive are:

  • 27 September 2021, 17.00 WIB – Film Talk About That Life with Shady El-Hamus, Director 

  • 27 September 2021, 18.00 WIB – Film Talk Oskar & Lilli with Arash T. Riahi, Director 

  • 28 September 2021, 16.00 WIB – Festival Updates IGLive: 1st winner of SFPP 2021 

  • 28 September 2021, 17.00 WIB – Film Talk We Are the Thousand with Anita Rivaroli, Director 

  • 30 September 2021, 16.30 WIB – Festival Updates IGLive: 2nd winner of SFPP 2021 

  • 2 October 2021, 16.30 WIB – Festival Updates IGLive: 3rd winner of SFPP 2021. 


 

For more information, including for any updates on EOS 2022, regularly check our website:

www.europeonscreen.org

 

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