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Europe on Screen 2019 closes with announcement of Winners of the Short Film Pitching Project
After attracting over 32,000 audiences for 13 days, the biggest international film festival in Indonesia reaches its closing night.
Jakarta, 30 April 2019 - After screening 101 films and program from various European countries for 13 days in 8 Indonesian cities, the 19th edition of Europe on Screen ended on Tuesday, 30 April 2019. The closing event was held at Goethe-Institut with screening of Austrian film What Have We Done to Deserve This?, directed by Eva Spreitzhofer.
This year, Europe on Screen has managed to attract over 32,000 audiences, making it one of the biggest international film festivals in South East Asia. Anticipation for this year’s festival has been high as we started building it through pre-event of Road to Europe on Screen. The event was held for the first time this year to screen films from previous editions of Europe on Screen and to introduce the festival’s membership as part of the festival’s crowd management.
Reflecting on the strong success of the festival this year, the European Union Ambassador to Indonesia His Excellency Vincent Guérend said, "I am proud of what we have achieved with "Europe on Screen" through the years bringing the European creativity and talent to Indonesia and supporting Indonesian film makers to produce short films. The winners of last year short film pitching competition: Lasagna and Bangkis – are proof of the talent behind the camera in this country. Together with the European embassies and cultural centres, I look forward to a very special date: the 20th edition of Europe on Screen in 2020".
Meninaputri Wismurti and Nauval Yazid as festival co-directors have responded positively to the increase in audience number. “This year we have increased our “ammunition” by screening 101 films, adding more days to the festival, more venues in additional cities with the hope of reaching more audiences. The 30% increase in festival attendance proves that there is a market for screenings of quality European films in this country, and this would be the time where Indonesian film distributors pick up the chance to increase the variety of films to watch in Indonesia”, explains Meninaputri Wismurti, festival co-director.
This year the Europe on Screen Short Film Pitching Program (EoS SFPP) continues with a panel of jury that includes Rama Adi (producer, Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts), Yandy Laurens (director, Keluarga Cemara), Marissa Anita (actor, Istirahatlah Kata-Kata). They have chosen the following short film projects:
The three winners of the pitching competition will produce their film shortly, in order to be ready for the premiere in Europe on Screen 2020.
Marissa Anita, jury for the EoS SFPP said, “I am impressed by the variety of story in the SFPP EoS program. This shows a promising quality to create the next generation of filmmakers in Indonesia.“
The closing film What Have We Done to Deserve This, nominated for the Best Picture at the 2018 Zurich Film Festival, was selected as the film carries contextual topic close to society at large in Indonesia. “This film discusses social and religious issues through smart and entertaining humor. The film itself was a box office hit in its home country, Austria, and has been screened in several other countries throughout Europe. This shows that a strong social issue can be delivered with humor and jokes that are accessible for audiences everywhere,” said festival co-director Nauval Yazid.
Additional information regarding Europe on Screen can be found on our website europeonscreen.org, and through our social media accounts @europeonscreen on twitter and instagram, and also our Facebook page Europe on Screen.
We hope to see you on the 20th edition of Europe on Screen in 2020!