Held on the paradise island of Bali, Bali International Film Festival, also known and registered as BALINALE, was established in 2007 by Bali Taksu Indonesia Foundation a non-profit, non-government Indonesian registered charity organization. Known for its specialized knowledge and importance in promoting Indonesia’s film industry growth, the festival has a long history of supporting established and aspiring local filmmakers providing them a platform to showcase their work while presenting a program of award winning fiction, documentary, feature and short films from around the world.
BALINALE is recognized internationally for the quality and diversity of its programming and its professional delivery of the associated events managed by a team of professional advisors and consultants along with strong support from the community. BALINALE has been affiliated with Motion Picture Association, Asia Pacific Screen Awards (Brisbane, Australia), ASEAN International Film Festival & Awards (Kuching, Malaysia), Asian Film Commissions Network (20 member countries) and in supporting American Film Showcase and Sundance Institute's Film Forward Tour in Indonesia.
Additionally, the festival exposes the country's creative resources; unique culture, rich story ideas, and diverse locations to the international filmmaking community for consideration of possible future projects.
Workshops and seminars are an important part of the festival program offering students and young filmmakers an opportunity to learn from established Indonesian and international professionals. Participation of Oscar®, Emmy®, BAFTA® and Cannes award winning filmmakers have helped us to achieve our goals of bringing together films and their makers as a gathering of global creativity.
The festival holds the honor of receiving the endorsement of the National and Provincial Government for its proven efforts in delivering cultural, political and economic benefits to the country.
This year's festival will feature 100 films from 25 countries many with attending filmmakers. The final number of films selected for this year’s 9th edition is up from 60 in 2014. BALINALE received a record number of excellent entries for its 2015 program adding to the challenge of completing the impressive line-up. Join us at our 'Official Venue Partner’ Cinemaxx Kuta Bali for the weeklong event of international & Indonesian full length fiction & documentaries and our Signature Shorts.
Other highlights of the festival include Forbes Indonesia’s 'ForbesLife' hosting the BALINALE Film Industry Forum with filmmakers discussing topics on; How to increase Indonesia’s film industry potential, Locations & incentives, Fostering young talent, Creative content promotion & protection. Speakers include; Yoon Je-kyoon, director ODE TO MY FATHER and producer Tae-sung Jeong (CEO of CJ Entertainment), producer Mr. Gen Sato ROUND TRIP HEART, GÜEROS director Alonso Ruiz Palacios & lead actress Ilse Salas, director Richard Todd FRACKMAN, Bambang Supriadi, DOP & lecturer at Jakarta Institute of Arts, among others.
BALINALE’s free Open Air Cinema, known as Layar Tancap in Indonesia, was launched last year as an important part of the festival’s commitment to the community adding to its existing Children’s Charity Film Day and Educational Programs.
The festival is held at CINEMAXX Theater located at the popular Lippo Mall Kuta on Jl. Kartika Plaza, South Kuta Beach, Bali. The newly launched Cinemaxx offers modern, state-of-the-art five studio multiplex facilities capable of showing 2D and 3D in a unique and intimate theater setting. This year’s theme is 'Face of Diversity' showing films from around the globe that entertain and inspire, challenge and expose us to the rich diversity and uniqueness of people, places, cultures and beliefs.