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2021 Sundance Film Festival: Asia Short Film Competition CALLING FOR ENTRIES FROM INDONESIAN FILMMAKERS

Amelia Rosary

17 May 21 | 09:00

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Sundance Film Festival: Asia, presented by XRM Media and fully supported by IDN Media, is proud to announce a Short Film Competition sponsored by Argo as part of the Festival. Argo is a streaming platform and global curator of short films. The competition is open to Indonesian filmmakers and aims to discover, nurture and bring attention to emerging talents who are within the territory to a global platform.


Winston Utomo, CEO IDN Media, adds, "Short films will always be one of the paramount parts of cinema and storytelling. It holds a special place in the heart of many film enthusiasts, especially in Sundance Film Festival: Asia. In this Short Film Competition, we are very much looking forward to witnessing the creativity that Indonesian filmmakers pour into their projects. We sincerely hope that Sundance Film Festival: Asia can become the platform for the film industry in Indonesia to thrive."


A program of short films will be curated by a jury of representatives from the Sundance Institute, IDN Pictures, Argo, and a Sundance Film Festival alum director.  They will also select a Jury Award winner that will receive a $2000 USD cash prize sponsored by Argo. The jury includes:


1. Kim Yutani, Director of Programming, Sundance Film Festival 

2. Heidi Zwicker, Senior Programmer, Sundance Film Festival 

3. Mike Plante, Senior Short Film Programmer, Sundance Film Festival 

4. Susanti Dewi, Head of IDN Pictures

5. Joko Anwar, Filmmaker, alumni Sundance Film Festival

6. Amanda Salazar, Head of Programming and Acquisitions, Argo 


Later, official selected shorts will be screened at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival: Asia in September. The selected shorts will also be submitted for consideration in the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. The films will also be offered worldwide digital distribution on Argo. 


Submissions are now open through July 9, 2021 to Indonesian citizens 18 years or older. Filmmakers can submit short films across any genre or theme that have been completed on or after January 1, 2019, with a duration between 3 to 20 minutes.  


For further information on submission procedures and rules and regulations, please visit our FilmFreeway page:


Mike Plante, Senior Programmer, Short Film, Sundance Film Festival - “At Sundance Film Festival, we strive to find new films and artists we have not supported yet, amplified through efforts like this competition as part of the Sundance Film Festival: Asia. It's so exciting to find voices and stories new to us that we might share with equally excited audiences.”


Michael Chow, Founder of XRM Media - “XRM Media is honored to be bringing the Sundance Film Festival: Asia to Jakarta, Indonesia and supporting a Shorts Film Competition in collaboration with Argo.  XRM feels strongly about the power of Short Films and is committed to supporting diverse and underrepresented communities, and introducing Asian filmmakers to more industry access and a global audience.”


Arcadiy Golubovich, CEO of Argo - “Argo is pleased to help welcome the Festival to Asia, and to support shorts filmmakers.  We believe our mission to democratize distribution by providing a curated experience for a global audience aligns well with the championing emerging voices in the shorts film community."




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