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.
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:
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:
The Film Talk and Festival Updates IGLive are:
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