JAKARTA, Sept 9 – Ten entertaining and thoughtful short films and documentaries have been selected as finalists for the Viddsee Juree Awards Indonesia 2020, an annual festival of short films that celebrates and supports filmmaker communities in Asia.

The nominated films were submitted by a range of award-winning and exciting new talents who hail from across Indonesia. Among these include Rofie Fauzie and Luhki Herwanayogi, who were both nominees in previous Indonesia Film Festival (FFI); Razny Mahardhika and Iqbal Arieffurahman, two young filmmakers whose films have screened at various festivals and awards; and filmmakers Najam Yardo and Sidharta Tata who hail from Jogjakarta, and Mohammad Ifdhal from Palu.

The finalist films cover a range of diverse topics and genres, including dramas that centre around politics, corruption and relationships, as well as comedy and satire. Among them are ‘Asa’ (directed by Loeloe Hendra), a drama centred around a young girl facing an unwanted pregnancy; ‘Journey to Iftar’ (Razny Mahardhika), a light-hearted story that captures the heart of a father-and-son relationship; and ‘Rendang of Death’ (Muhammad Andri Abdi), an animation that satirises social media outrage through comic violence that takes place in a eatery.

Also included are two documentaries: ‘Paguruan 4.0’ (Lyanta Laras Putri and Abdi Firdaus), a critical documentary on Indonesia’s education system that won the Eagle Awards Documentary; and ‘50:50’ (Rofie Fauzie), which spotlights Indonesia’s transvestite community through the personal story of an ageing transvestite living in a halfway house.

“This year’s entries represent the creativity and boldness of Indonesian filmmakers, who play a key role in telling local stories that reflect Indonesian society and the issues being discussed,” said Viddsee’s Content Community Manager Arie Kartikasari. “These films were made by filmmakers who are passionate about their stories, and are determined to tell them in ways that will leave an impression on viewers.”

The winners will be announced on October 8 in an online-only awards ceremony that can be watched on Viddsee. In the lead up to the awards, the public can participate in curated watch parties, and pre-recorded Q&A sessions between the finalists and Viddsee. Coinciding with the Juree Awards is the launch of Viddsee’s Indonesian-language podcast ‘Difinisee’, which features frank discussions with filmmakers on the local filmmaking industry. The podcast is available now on Spotify, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts.

Two top entries will be named Gold and Silver winners, who will be picked by an international panel of judges that comprises Filipina producer Armi Rae Cacanindin, whose short film ‘Employee of the Month’ premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week; festival programmer, film writer, and producer Paolo Bertolin, whose resume include international festivals and institutions such as IFFRotterdam, the Doha Film Institute, Mumbai, Beijing, and Torino Film Festivals; and Indonesian filmmaker Yosep Anggi Noen, whose film ‘Peculiar Vacation and Other Illnesses’ was nominated for the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival.

The Gold winner will be awarded the Filmmaker Gold Kit, which includes a 13-inch Macbook Air, Adobe’s 12-month Creative Cloud All Apps subscription, a gold plaque, and exclusive Viddsee merchandise. The Silver winner will take home the Viddsee Filmmaker Silver Kit, which includes a silver plaque, Adobe’s 12-month Creative Cloud All Apps subscription, and exclusive Viddsee merchandise. All 10 finalists will be awarded Adobe’s 12-month Creative Cloud All Apps subscription and finalist certificates.

Aside from the main winners, finalists and out-of-competition films can also vie for the Audience Choice Award, which will be picked based on the most number of ‘likes’ it receives on Viddsee.com. The voting period for the Audience Choice Awards is held from now until Sept 14. The Audience Choice Award winner will take home an Apple TV and Audience Choice certificate.

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/indonesia2020

For more film stills visit https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/15ljlqXcXSgqRH--tQpWJegF7HcVM2W8_

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.

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.

About Viddsee
Viddsee is a leading video entertainment platform for short premium content. With over 1 billion views powered by data insights and a trusted community, we empower storytellers by enabling the creation of films and amplifying stories to targeted audiences.

Media contacts
For Indonesian press: Indanavetta Putri indana@viddsee.comFor International press: John Lim john@viddsee.com