Jakarta, JUL 25 2018 – Two outstanding Indonesian short films, ‘Errorist Of Seasons’ and ‘The Day The Voices Raised’, were honoured at the second annual Viddsee Juree Awards Indonesia, an initiative that celebrates and supports filmmaker communities in Asia.
The Gold winner is Rein Maychaelson for ‘Errorist of Seasons’, a drama about a father who wagers his fortunes on a boat-for-hire business. Rein is no stranger to Juree, having participated in the 2016 edition of the Viddsee Juree Awards in Indonesia, and had received Special Mention for ‘Udin Telekomsel’.
“I feel the urgency to tell stories about how unique this country is: weird, yet vibrant. Presenting our country as-is, is an interesting and problematic creative challenge. It excites me to know that there’s a virtual space for these idiosyncrasies, like on Viddsee’s platform. Winning this award encourages me to make more films!” said Rein.
Trade union activist Dian Septi Trisnanti was named the Silver winner for ‘The Day The Voices Raised’, a documentary about how female factory workers overcame sexual harassment at an industrial garment district in Jakarta. In exception of the sound designer, everyone on Dian’s production team were first-time filmmakers.
She said: “We are overjoyed to be shortlisted and to win the second prize at Viddsee Juree. This was an opportunity to learn and for us to produce more work. For my fellow female workers, this is a huge boost for our struggle!”
Filmmaker M Reza Fahriyansyah received a Special Mention for ‘Souvenirs’, a drama about a mother burdened by the custom of obligatory gift-giving. Reza commented: “My gratitude to those who empathise with my story. This recognition will spur me on to produce more films!”
The winners were picked by a jury comprising Thai filmmaker Anusorn Soisa-ngim, Indonesian director Ismail Basbeth, and Deependra Gauchan, an advisor to Cambodia's Department of Cinema.
All ten shortlisted finalists received a 12-month Creative Cloud All Apps subscription worth US$560 each from Adobe. Gold and Silver winners were awarded film production grants from Viddsee worth IDR40 million and IDR20 million respectively, along with audio equipment provided by RØDE Microphones. The Gold winner also won a five-day Global Film & TV Program in Los Angeles sponsored by the Motion Picture Association (MPA).
Viddsee Juree Awards Indonesia call for submissions began in March, and was supported through online campaigns and on-ground roadshows across Bandung, Solo, Yogyakarta, Semarang and Denpasar. A two-week online voting period was also held on Viddsee.com for the Audience Choice Award, which went to the animation ‘Tentickles!’ by Michael Gavin.
In the run up to the awarding ceremony on July 21, Viddsee held a three-day programme at Goethe Institut Jakarta that included a series of screenings and workshops for filmmakers and two film forums organised in collaboration with Indonesia Film Finance Forum AKATARA and the Motion Picture Association (MPA).
For more information on Viddsee Juree Awards Indonesia 2018 and to view the films, visit https://www.viddsee.com/channel/juree/indonesia2018
Gold Winner | Viddsee Juree Awards Indonesia 2018
Winning Film: Errorist of Seasons
Director: Rein Maychaelson
Citation by Jury member Deependra Gauchan: Playful and poignant, comic and tragic, uplifting and sobering, ‘Errorist of Seasons’ pushes the envelope on creative storytelling and raises the bar high.
Winning Film: The Day The Voices Raised (Angka Jadi Suara)
Director: Dian Septi Trisnanti
Citation by Jury member Ismail Basbeth: For its simple yet effective approach on telling a story of women workers that fighting for their own rights; and filmed it from their own perspective.
Winning Film: Souvenirs (Oleh-oleh)
Director: M Reza Fahriyansyah
Jury member Anusorn Soisa-ngim says: This changed how I viewed Indonesia, and made me realise that we share some similar cultures in our society. This was beautiful. The acting was awesome, and the ending touched me, it made me tear and I also had a smile on my face!
About Viddsee Juree Awards
Viddsee Juree Awards is an initiative celebrating the entertainment industry's picks of Asian short films from all genres: fiction, documentary and animation. For Viddsee Juree Awards Indonesia 2018, stories were picked from the brightest talents and upcoming filmmakers, and judged by a panel of international judges and showcased online. Juree is part of Viddsee’s commitment to celebrate and support filmmakers and film communities in Asia.
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