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Indonesian Film Festival New York

September 28 - 30

September 28, 2018 — The Indonesian Film Forum (IFF) has successfully organized its second annual film festival in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia. IFFestNY 2018 took place at the SVA Theater from Friday, September 28 to Sunday, September 30. The festival showcased a selection of five outstanding feature films that have garnered international acclaim and recognition.

The festival commenced with a screening of “Emma’ (Mother),” a film that received numerous accolades including Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Leading Actress, Best Art Director, and Best Costume at the 2016 Indonesian Film Festival (FFI). The FFI, renowned as Indonesia’s most prestigious film awards event, has elevated “Emma'” to prominence within the Indonesian film industry. Moreover, the film has been showcased at over 20 international film festivals, captivating audiences worldwide.

Riri Riza, the director of “Emma’,” shared his personal insights during the opening ceremony of IFFestNY 2018 on Friday. He expressed, “Emma’ provided me with an opportunity to present a compelling portrayal of Indonesia during its nascent years of independence, specifically in South Sulawesi where I was born and raised. This film embodies the essence of the place I know and love.”

On Saturday, the festival featured screenings of two remarkable films: “Istirahatlah kata-kata (Solo,  Solitude)” inspired by the life of a prominent Indonesian poet, and “Posesif,” which explores the tender complexities of first-time teenage romance.

Concluding on Sunday, the festival presented “Lima” and “Night Bus” (Best Film award at the 2017 FFI). These films captivated audiences with their exceptional storytelling and creative execution.

IFFestNY 2018 not only celebrated the artistic achievements of Indonesian cinema but also fostered cultural exchange and appreciation among diverse audiences in New York. The event provided a platform for Indonesian filmmakers to showcase their talents and promote the rich cultural heritage of Indonesia on the global stage.

The Indonesian Film Forum and the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia extend their heartfelt gratitude to the organizers, filmmakers, sponsors, and attendees for their invaluable contributions to the success of IFFestNY 2018. With each passing year, the Indonesian Film Festival in New York continues to flourish, further solidifying the indomitable spirit and artistic prowess of Indonesian cinema.

IFFestNY 2018 Gallery

SVA Theatre