Indonesian Film Festival screens at Griffith

Opening night, Indonesian Film Festival at the Griffith Film School

Griffith Film School (GFS) is hosting the Griffith Indonesian Film Festival (GIFF) this week with screenings of eight films, a master class and guest lecture from key players in the Indonesian film industry.

The festival is a celebration of Indonesian cinema and highlights a strengthening of ties between Griffith Film School and the creative arts scene in Asia.

The opening event on Sunday 1 March welcomed Guests of Honour, Indonesia’s foremost film artist, Garin Nugroho; emerging documentary filmmaker, Erick Est; and Pro Vice Chancellor (Arts, Education & Law), Professor Paul Mazerolle.

In addition to their strong association with the Asia Pacific Screen Lab, GFS have recently hosted several Asian cinema showcase events, including ‘Showcase Cinema: Korea’, and ‘Showcase Cinema: Philippines Now’.

GFS Head of School, Herman van Eyken, says the Griffith Film School has a strong interest in building connections with international peers, as well as a passion to ensure that students are offered inspiring collaborative environments.

“A terrific asset of this school is its international connections,” he says.

“Brisbane has this incredible dialogue with the Asia Pacific.”

“In our area of film, we have a fantastic opportunity to build upon these connections with our colleagues across the Asia Pacific region, through events like this and through our involvement in the Asia Pacific Screen Awards,” said Herman.

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The Indonesian Film Festival is being screened at the Griffith Film School, Dock Street, South Brisbane, from 1 — 8 March. All events are open to the public.

The Festival includes daily film screenings, and a master class by Garin Nogroho on Thursday 4 March at 4pm. Garin will talk about his career and influences, with particular focus on his idea of film as a medium for activism. He will also discuss the importance of location as a key aspect of his filmmaking style, share extracts from his work, and answer questions in a Q&A session.

Documentary filmmaker, Erick Est will also deliver a guest lecture on 6 March, 4pm.

See the Griffith Film School website for a full list of screening times and special events.

Blindfold (2012), Garin Nogroho.
Blindfold (2012), Garin Nogroho.
Opening night, Indonesian Film Festival at the Griffith Film School
Opening night, Indonesian Film Festival at the Griffith Film School