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Local flair at Jakarta film festival

November 23, 2009

The Jakarta Film Festival that will be held from Decenber 4th to 12th, has had its up and dowms: “The festival, which started with 62 films in 1999, screened 230 movies to more than 63,000 spectators in 2006, or three times more than in its first year. Last year’s festival however only brought some 138 works to around 28,000 spectators.

Despite its ups and downs, the festival has been welcomed as a breath of fresh air amid the flock of mainstream Hollywood movies, and even a trend-setter as more and more film festivals are sprouting across the country.

Its existence has perhaps also helped support the growth of the Indonesian movie industry, by becoming the stepping-stone for the next generation of local moviemakers.

from The Jakarta Post.

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