THE INDONESIAN Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy supports the Festival Sinema Australia Indonesia (FSAI) 2023 which will be held in 7 cities from February 24 to March 18, 2023.

According to the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno said at the FSAI Press Conference at CGV Grand Indonesia, Jakarta, Thursday (02/16), 2023 explained that he welcomed the 8th FSAI which was held offline, where the previous year was held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We welcome, this is the 8th year, and we are celebrating a year of FSAI. I give appreciation to the Australian Ambassador, because this is not only a movie screening but also a masterclass, touching several cities, and later there will also be a kind of workshop that is expected to improve best practice,” he said.

Sandiaga pointred out that Australia was one of the countries that successfully used its film industry to attract tourists and produce world-class films.

 “Indonesia is implementing the same pattern with incentives that hopefully can attract not only international film production films made in the country and improve the quality of Indonesian films. Last year we managed to attract 44 million viewers and we hope this year it can increase,” he remarked.

Meanwhile, Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Penny Williams PSM, said FSAI 2023 features the best films from Australia and Indonesia. Australia is globally renowned for its expertise in film, and FSAI is a wonderful opportunity to interact with experts and experience the best in Australian and Indonesian cinema.

“This year’s festival features seven films and seven masterclass sessions in seven cities beginning with a screening of the award-winning film ‘Sweet As’ in Jakarta on February 18, 2023, an uplifting teen film about the flip side of friendship, first love and finding yourself on the road less traveled. FSAI will also be held in Jakarta, Surabaya, Makassar, Mataram, Yogyakarta, Bandung and South Tangerang,” she said.

Other Australian films that will be screened include biographical drama Penguin Bloom, Moon Rock for Monday, The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson, and the animated comedy Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway co-produced by Australian animation studio Animal Logic. FSAI 2023 also features two films produced by Australian alumna Mira Lesmana, the suspenseful drama Paranoia and the homecoming story Humba Dreams.

The year 2023 marks the 70th anniversary of the Australian scholarship program in Indonesia. In celebration of this special momentum, FSAI 2023 will organize a series of exclusive activities involving Australian alumni, including movie nights and networking activities. []