L-R: Kenny Tan (Head of Viddsee Studios), Monster Jimenez, Muhamad Bagas Satrio, Sarah Adilah, Bani Nasution, Jongsuk Thomas Nam, and Marleen Kokke-Jansen (Communication and Culture Manager Jakarta, Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken)

Jakarta, AUG 13, 2019 – Two outstanding Indonesian short films, ‘Along The One Way’ and ‘Day 40’, were honoured at the third annual Viddsee Juree Awards Indonesia, an initiative that celebrates and supports filmmaker communities in Asia. The awards ceremony was held on August 10 at Erasmus Huis.

The Gold winner is Bani Nasution for ‘Along The One Way’, an experimental documentary that charts the tension between a mother who asks her family to vote for a religious governor, and a son (Bani) who questions his mother’s logic. This is Bani’s first documentary, which was also nominated in the short documentary category of Film Festival Indonesia 2017.

"I didn't expect to win it; I submitted my film because I wanted more people to watch it. But I'm so proud that I won, considering that I made this short film a few years ago, and now it has a longer lifespan through Juree,” said Bani.

Muhamad Bagas Satrio was named the Silver winner for ‘Day 40’, a relationship drama that revolves around the relationship between Narno, who drives his wife Ainur crazy by breaking every household rule she has set before going on a lengthy trip away from her husband.

"This is the first time I submitted my film at Viddsee Juree, so being selected as a finalist with other great names alone makes me very proud. I did not expect to win this award, thank you for the appreciation that has been given!” said Muhamad Bagas, who just completed his film studies in Jogja Film Academy, and is working with the Aranck Project to build the film community in Jogjakarta.

Sarah Adillah,who is the first Palu-born filmmaker, received a Special Mention for ‘Becoming Girl’, a coming-of-age drama that revolves around 12-year-olds Anto and Budi, who have to understand how it feels like to become a girl when their friend Dara experiences her first menstruation while playing football.

The winners were picked by a jury comprising Jongsuk Thomas Nam, the managing director of Network of Asian Fantastic Films; award-winning Indonesian director Kamila Andini, whose films include ‘The Mirror Never Lies’ and ‘The Seen and Unseen’; and ‘Monster’ Jimenez, an award-winning writer and filmmaker from The Philippines whose work includes ‘Big Time’, ‘Apocalypse Child’, and ‘Respeto’.

Gold and Silver winners were awarded film production grants worth IDR40,000,000 and IDR20,000,000 respectively. The Gold winner also won a five-day Global Film & TV Program in Los Angeles sponsored by the Motion Picture Association.

In addition to the grant, the Gold winner received a 14-day loan for RED Digital Cinema camera equipment with a five-lens set of ZEISS CP.3 Lenses, while the Silver winner received a 14-day loan of RED Digital Cinema camera equipment and the ZEISS Light Weight Zoom LWZ.3 21-100mm lens. Gold and Silver winners will also receive a 14-day loan for Sachtler tripod system and Litepanels LED products provided by Vitec.

All ten finalists received a 12-month Creative Cloud All Apps subscription worth US$560 each from Adobe.

Aside from the main awards, the Audience Choice Award went to ‘Mencari Soetedja’ by Bowo Leksono, who is also the founder of CLC Purbalingga, a grassroots film community initiative.

In the run up to the awards ceremony at Erasmus Huis, Viddsee held a three-day programme there, starting with the premiere of ‘Oldies Buddies’, a short film from last year’s Gold winner Rein Maychaelson, who made it with the aid of an IDR40.000.000 production grant that came with the award.

Also featured were a number of activities including talks on current topics such as ethical practices in filmmaking, as well discussions with subtitling communities and Akatara, the Indonesian film financing forum backed by BEKRAF (Badan Ekonomi Kreatif Indonesia).

The annual Juree Awards initiative debuted in Indonesia in 2016, and expanded to include the Philippines in 2017, and Singapore in 2018. Find out more about the Juree Awards at https://www.viddsee.com/channel/juree.

The public can learn more about the Juree Indonesia Awards Programme, as well as watch all nominated and other out-of-competition films for free on https://www.viddsee.com/channel/juree/indonesia2019

More images of the winning directors, event photos and screenshots can be found here:

Jury Citations
Gold Winner
| Viddsee Juree Awards Indonesia 2019
Winning Film: ‘Along The One Way’ https://www.viddsee.com/video/along-the-one-way/n1hl8
Director: Bani Nasution
Citation by Jury member Kamila Andini: This film is a representation of young Indonesians today. In an interesting way of storytelling, this film is a reflection of how politics enters the smallest spaces of their lives. It shows how intimate family relationships can turn into doubtful ones over differences, distance, and trust. We give the Gold award to ‘Along The One Way’.

Silver Winner
Winning Film
: ‘Day 40’ https://www.viddsee.com/video/day-40/i1n85
Director: Muhamad Bagas Satrio
Citation by Jury member Jongsuk Thomas Nam: The man's longing for the past, unable to let go of his precious memories, is shown in subtle and touching manner by the director, with an ending twist that truly distinguishes this film from the rest. We present Viddsee Juree Silver Award to ‘Day 40’ by Muhamad Bagas Satrio.

Special Mention
Winning Film
: Becoming Girl https://www.viddsee.com/video/becoming-girl/te7ny
Director: Sarah Adilah
Jury member 'Monster' Jimenez says: Earnest movies are hard to come by as clever and ironic stories dominate. The filmmaker handled the story with a gentle hand and let the story unfold at its own pace. For its charm and grace, we give a special citation to ‘Becoming Girl’

About Viddsee Juree Awards
Viddsee Juree Awards (‘Juree’) is an annual industry pick award celebrating best short films from Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines. In each edition, the countries’ brightest talents and storytellers submit their films to a panel of international judges, who will then handpick the winning entries. Viddsee amplifies the out-of-competition entries and finalists to our audience communities. Juree is part of Viddsee’s commitment to grow a network of prestigious storytellers, to support local film communities, and to inspire a new generation of storytellers
across Asia.

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