Text and photo: Jaya L.
Yogayakarta- To celebrate the sixth National Film Month on 30 March 2012, Pabrik Film collaborating with Moviebox organizing National Film Party (Pesta Film Nasional/PFN) 2012 from 25 to 31 March 2012 in Moviebox, Yogyakarta. With the theme “Observing the Various Colors of Indonesian Films,” PFN 2012 held a series of events that included public lectures, discussion and film screenings of documentary, animation and fiction films.
National Film Month hailed from the annual program held by Kineforum and Jakarta Arts Council in 2007, which at the time took the theme “History is Now.” The event is held to celebrate the National Film Day every 30 March. The date 30 March itself is taken from the first shooting day of “Darah dan Doa” film directed by Usmar Ismail in 1950. The film was produced by Perusahaan Film Nasional Indonesia and was the first Indonesian film being officially produced by Indonesia as a country after the independence war.
PFN 2012 opening was simple with a public lecture themed “Film Production Management & Marketing” presenting Andibachtiar Yusuf as the lector. Starting half an hour late from the schedule, the event was opened with a trailer screening of the film “Hari ini Pasti Menang” directed by Andibachtiar and was currently in the production process. The fictional film tells the story of Indonesian national soccer team success in reaching the final match of World Cup 2014 in Brazil and then defeat Brazil during final. Later was also screened the film’s behind the scene records and video production diary.
After the moderator introduced Andibachtiar and several other people from Bogalakon Pictures production team who were also present, public lecture participants were invited to ask questions. But none of the participants ask any question. Perhaps because the attending participants were expecting the event to be like the common public lecture where lector gave a lecture material before giving the participants a chance to ask questions.
Finally the moderator asked Andibachtiar to share a story about Hari Ini Pasti Menang film production. Andibachtiar and his production team were in Yogyakarta at that time because in a few days ahead they were shooting several scenes in Yogyakarta and then Solo. Andibachtiar then explained the process of this film preparation, taking turns with the script writer and line producer, starting from script workshop to choosing cameras and issues regarding shooting locations. In between his stories Andibachtiar said that the film he’s producing could be considered a commissioned work. Yet because he’s very interested to the soccer world he didn’t turn down the offer to produce the film.
Next was the film marketing, Andibachtiar shared that they were trying every possible ways to promote this film. From publishing a novel and a comic, to writing a history book on Indonesian soccer. Production diary videos uploaded daily in YouTube was also a strategy to get the society familiar with the film. Everything must be done by themselves because Indonesia has no system in film industry.
When one of the audience asked matters regarding the film’s budget and the responsibility to the investors, Andibachtiar answered they’re not too concerned about it because the investors for this film understand the current Indonesian film market. Thus, there were no obligation to return the invested funds.
After about 2 hours, the event was ended and continued with screenings of PFN 2012 opening film titled “Valentine”, which was produced by Pabrik Film . The first day of PFN 2012 were closed by an exhibition of a series of films created by several cineclubs in Yogyakarta from 2008 to 2012 that were divided into three screening sessions.
The next day was filled with screenings of documentary and fiction films that are directed by young directors under 17 years old in the U-17 Exhibition, screenings of documentary and fiction films directed by women directors in Woman Voice!, screenings of animation films from Surabaya in It’s Animation, also screenings of short films from various cities in Indonesia; Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Makassar and Palu.
On 30 March 2012, in addition to the celebration of National Film Day, three short films directed by M. Jupri Aprisiyanto were screened; Wayang Tingklung, Djedjak Darah: Soerat Oentoek Adinda and Sinengker. Also screened were five short films directed by Ifa Isfansyah; Air Mata Surga, Mayar, Harap Tenang Ada Ujian, Setengah Sendok Teh, and Huan Chen Guang.
On the last day of PFN 2012, 2 short films directed by Jihad Adjie were screened; Agenda 19 and Kelas 5000-an. It was followed with short fiction film Ciluckba and Long Imagine that are directed by Satria Adiyasa, and then 6 short films directed by Eddy Cahyono. The 6 short films were Di Antara Masa Lalu dan Masa Sekarang, Air Mata Surga, Bedjo Van Der Lack, Untuk Perempuan, Nyanyian Dari Surga, and Jalan Sepanjang Kenangan. The whole PFN 2012 series of events was then closed with the screening of Dialog, a movie directed by Ariel Ermawan.