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5th Annual BALINALE Declared a Smash Hit in Bali.


The 5th annual BALINALE International Film Festival held in Bali 15 – 20 November, 2011, came to a close with rave reviews from audience members and participating filmmakers for its solid line-up of films and interesting workshops.

Now in its fifth year, BALINALE celebrated its Gala Opening Night at the festival’s official hotel partner W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak. The evening saw many filmmakers, festival friends, supporters and sponsors in attendance where they were treated to a lavish dinner and special screening of The Magical World Of Silent Colour (Screen Archive South East, UK) followed by a glitzy after show party.

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Shown on (left to right) Rima Melati, Honorary Chairperson of BALINALE; Deborah Gabinetti, Festival Director; Magda Hutalgalung, Owner of PT Dua Cahaya Anugrah (Owners of W Retreat); and Farah Quinn, celebrity chef.

Among the visiting filmmakers and festival guests were Donna Smith, a respected film producer and former Universal Pictures Senior Vice President responsible for numerous Academy Award-winning films.

The final festival days saw a full house of excited young people attending this year’s Free Children’s Program hosted by festival co-founder Christine Hakim and friend of the festival Didi Petet.

also arranged transportation for 50 children from Salam Children’s Home in Tabanan, West Bali, to join the festivities with a showing of The Beetle Soldiers (Indonesia) and Puss In Boots (USA).

Other films featured with filmmaker in attendance included; Born To Be Wild (IMAX - USA) with writer/producer Drew Fellman on hand to introduce the film shot in Kalimantan. Other films with filmmakers in attendance included: They Live To Die (Hidup Untuk Mati) (Indonesia) by Tino Saroengallo; Mindfulness And Murder (Thailand) by Tom Waller; and Kemuning (Indonesia) by Robbie Ertanto.

This year’s festival program held open discussions with visiting filmmakers and industry professionals including; Gabrielle Kelly, screenwriter, producer and Associate Professor of Film at Tisch Asia, Singapore, who conducted a lab titled "From Idea to Script." Returning for a second year, Donna Smith spoke on "Translating Asian Stories into Global Films.

Closing Night Party at Warisan Restaurant saw the announcement of this year’s winners of the 2011 Audience Choice Awards.
  • Best Feature Film Catatan Harian Si Boy by Putrama Tuta (Indonesia) was presented by Emirsyah Satar, CEO of Garuda Indonesia.
  • Best Short Film went to Day In Day Out by Carl Valiquet (Canada/Indonesia) .
  • Audience Appreciation Award went to Bali - Island Of The Dogs by Lawrence Blair and Dean Allan Tolhurst (Indonesia). 
  • Best Documentary Billy T: Te Movie by Ian Mune (New Zealand), a film that made its international premiere during the festival.

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