Jakarta, IO – In celebration of its 23rd anniversary, the European Union Film Festival or “Europe on Screen” (EoS) is again holding a free and offline screenings. The festival will last for 10 days from 16 June to 25 June across 17 venues in seven cities in Indonesia － Jakarta, Bandung, Bekasi, Denpasar, Medan, Surabaya and Yogyakarta.
“The European film industry is currently experiencing a dynamic growth. We are proud to be able to increase the number of screenings of European films at this year’s festival for all Indonesian film fans,” EU Ambassador to Indonesia Vincent Piket told Obseverid.com, Thursday (8/6).
According to EoS co-director Nauval Yazid, this year there are many new European films screened at the festival. Many are even shown for the first time in Southeast Asia. “EoS 2023 will screen 73 films from 24 European countries and all screenings and other events are free of charge,” he said.
He explained that the festival also presented two directors from Europe, namely Marco Martani from Italy and Alexander Bak Sagmo from Denmark. They will attend in person and hold workshops for local filmmakers in collaboration with the Jakarta Art Institute and SAE Institute.
The festival also feature ten selected finalists who will present their short film ideas in front of the judges on Tuesday, 20 June.
“We have received 168 short film proposals from 32 cities in Indonesia, and 10 finalists have been selected. We are proud that this festival can pave the way for individuals/collective short films to participate in film festivals in Europe and Indonesia,” said Nuval.
The festival will open with the Austrian romantic comedy First Snow of Summer directed by Chris Raiber and closed by Belgian dark comedy Employee of the Month directed by Véronique Jadin.
There is also Retrospective program to celebrate the Greek-born French director Costa Gavras. His first three films will be screened during the festival. Visitors can also visit a small exhibition about Costa Gavras at the Goethe Institut and the Institut Francais Indonesia (IFI) Thamrin.
Interested viewers can come directly to the screening venue and register themselves via the QR code available on the spot. Tickets can be collected one hour before the screening. All screening schedules and other events can be seen on Europe on Screen’s social media and www.europeonscreen.org. (rr)