Foreword by the Festival Director

Glad to welcome you back. 

This year feels different. The audience has begun to return to the cinema. The national film production has slowly regained momentum. And we are not just talking about the production of movies alone, but also film series on Over The Top (OTT), short films, animations, and documentaries by filmmakers in different parts of Indonesia and perhaps also in parts of the world.  

We see something rise and shine again. And for this reason, we return and highlight the theme Emerge, an emergence of a new era of success overcoming challenges during the pandemic. A new chapter with a fresh vision. The emergence of stories that broaden the horizon. And the birth of a promising new generation with solid digital skills. 

The Jakarta Film Week was born amid a pandemic in 2021 as a form of support to rebuild Indonesian cinema hit by the pandemic. In its second edition this year, we are determined to provide continuous support and contribute to building and strengthening the film ecosystem by bringing selected films from different countries and inviting the audience to take part in discussing them. And to continue to support the birth of a new generation of films through the Jakarta Film Fund and Producer’s Lab. We also appreciate and support the development of the OTT industry in Indonesia by presenting the Series of The Year award for national series production. 

We invite you to meet, discuss and cultivate a love of film and cinema, exchange ideas, and collaborate. 

Rina Damayanti

Festival Director