Director, Busan Film Commission
President, Asian Film Commissions Network (AFCNet)
This is the 6th year that we present the ASEAN-ROK Film Leaders
Incubator, a talent-development program for potential leaders of
Asian cinema. After holding previous programs in Davao, Philippines
(2012), Hua Hin, Thailand (2013), Yangon, Myanmar (2014), Johor
Barhu, Malaysia (2015) and Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2016), we are
pleased to present this 2 week-event in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. During
the last 5 editions of FLY, a total of 113 filmmakers from Korea &
the ASEAN region have taken part, developing their capabilities and
dreams in filmmaking.
The Busan Film Commission has not only made an effort to continue hosting this event every year, but it has also sought other ways to build on these results.
Last year we established the Busan Asian Film School and selected its first 20 fellows, including a FLY alumnus from Lao PDR, for its one-year main course titled the International Film Business Academy. It has been running from March this year. After graduating from the school in October, the Fellows will work as active film professionals and devote themselves to filmmaking and developing their countries’ film industries.
Secondly, in October, we will host the FLY Film Festival in Busan, commemorating the 2017 ASEAN-ROK Cultural Exchange Year. The festival will consist of 10 short films produced during the last five editions of the FLY program, as well as films made by FLY alumni. The festival will be an opportunity for networking where 20 active filmmakers among the FLY alumni will be invited to share their experiences as filmmakers and provide information on each country’s film industry. It will also serve as a special event to show the fruits of the FLY project itself.
FLY2017 is co-organized by the Busan Film Commission (BFC) – Busan Asian Film School (AFiS), the Association of Indonesian Film Producers (APROFI), Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (JAFF), and the Asian Film Commissions Network (AFCNet). The 2 short films which will be made at FLY2017 will be screened at the official program of JAFF, which is the most prestigious film festival in Indonesia. This shows how much awareness of the FLY project has raised in the ASEAN region.
ocated near Borobudur Temple, which is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, Yogyakarta is a historic city of Culture and Art. It resembles the status of Busan in Korea. We would like to express our deep appreciation to the ASEAN-ROK Cooperation Fund, Busan Metropolitan City and Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy (BEKRAF) for supporting FLY2017.
Chairman, Association of Indonesian Film Producers (APROFI)
In 2016 Indonesia recorded 34.5 million people going to cinemas
to watch Indonesian movies, a jump from 16.2 million in 2015. For the
first time last year, there were 10 movies with a record viewers of
over 1 million respectively, and as such, the market share of
homegrown movies increased to 33 percent from 20 percent over a year
Last year, the government completely opened access for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in film production, distribution and exhibition. Such deregulation in the industry triggers many opportunities for new investment and partnership collaboration. International co-production starts to flourish with companies from Hollywood, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, France, and Singapore welcoming collaborations with Indonesian corporations to produce inspiring projects.
Indonesian films also received accolades at international film festivals and gained new interests in foreign market. One particular Indonesian film, Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts by Mouly Surya, was selected into Directors Fortnight, ending a-12 year-absence of Indonesia’s feature film participation in Cannes Film Festival. Moreover, Indonesian films were also selected in prestigeous festivals, such as Sundance, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, Locarno and Busan recently.
Led by these encouraging developments, this year marks a new era for the Indonesian film industry since now cultivates exciting time for film society in Indonesia. We are delighted to share our excitement with filmmakers within our Asia region through various cultural exchange programmes.
I believe Film Education can be an effective tool for diplomacy, understanding other cultures and building mutual respect towards a better society. We would like to offer our gratitude to ASEAN ROK Cooperation Fund, Busan Metropolitan City and Indonesian Economic Creative Agency (BEKRAF) for supporting FLY2017. We welcome our trainees and participants to one of our three special regencies which holds opulent history of Indonesia’s Independence, the City of Jogjakarta.
Association of Indonesian Film Producers (APROFI) is very proud to host this exciting programme, organized jointly with the Busan Film Commision, AFCNet and Jogja Netpac Asian Film Festival.
We are hopeful that this collaboration will bear impactful fruits that can contribute positively to the growth of industry.
Director, Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (JAFF)
Since 1998 Indonesia has witnessed tremendous political changes
leading to more democratic political climate. At the same time, it
has also marked the emergence of a new generation of filmmakers and
the revitalization of Indonesian film industry. After a decade of
hiatus, various genres with distinctive themes made by young
filmmakers in Indonesia has begun to spring up.
Outside the commercial circuit, there is a vibrant development in independent film communities across many cities in Indonesia which significantly contributes to make an Indonesian film culture alive. However, there is crucial need to constantly upgrade the knowledge and skills of aspiring and young filmmakers to be in tune with the fast development in filmmaking. “ASEAN-ROK Film Leaders Incubator: FLY” is truly an investment of the future as it hones the knowledge and skills the young filmmakers in Asia, particularly in Southeast Asia, who define the future of Asian cinema.
JAFF is immensely honored to be part of the organizers of the FLY2017 as there is a parallel vision of JAFF and FLY in promoting Asian cinema by fostering of talented and promising Asian filmmakers. We hope that the FLY project will continue to excel in the future and embrace more young filmmakers in Southeast Asia.