Film festivals, to a certain extent, are a space to introduce filmmakers and their work to more film lovers. Since it’s first edition, the Jogja-Netpac Asian Film Festival has been aware of this function. This awareness is manifested in a screening program dedicated as a “broader introduction space” for a number of filmmakers deemed to have intriguing filmmaking ideas and skills. This year, this program is designed within the corridor of that function.
The filmmakers referred to in the context of this program are those who, to this day, still choose the short film format as the vessel for their creation. Some may ask, “Why short films?” and of course the answer may vary. However, among a number of possible reasons, perhaps the most important is because short films are (still) a strategic choice as a medium to speak up—and the model used can be—“anything”.
The ten short films introduced through this program seem to present the personal ideas of each creator. Based on the material of the story and how they process it, the audience will be given the impression that they, as the storytellers, are really at the core of the story being told, and therefore come across as convincing.
A little trivia: In terms of form, narrative storytelling is dominant, not only among the ten films in this program, but also in the Indonesian short films from the previous edition’s participants. Of course, this is not new. However, like a meal served on the table for dinner, it will be more tempting if the menu presented is more varied. Even so, the “types of food” that are now available can still fill you up..
Enjoy, hopefully this introduction makes a good impression.
Ayu Diah Cempaka