BFC to Represent Indonesia in S. Korea

SEMINYAK ~ For the fourth consecutive year, the Bali Film Center (BFC) will be attending the Busan International Film Commission and Industry Showcase (BIFCOM) – Asia’s premier film industry event for film commissions and production services – in South Korea from October 15-18.

The center will participate with more than 70 film commissions and film industry exhibitors to raise awareness of film making in Indonesia, it said in a statement.

“During the event, we will show footage of past projects that we have successfully assisted throughout Indonesia, as well as present general locations of the country,” BFC director Deborah Gabinetti told The Bali Times separately this week.

“Our office will be exhibiting together with fellow Asian Film Commissions Network (AFCNet) member countries from Thailand, Cambodia, China, Russia, Korea, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia,” she said.

Since its inception in 2001, BIFCOM has been held in conjunction with the Pusan International Film Festival and Pusan Promotion Plan. This year sees the launch of Asian Film Market, serving all aspects of filmmaking — sales offices, market screenings, buyer services, production and co-production services and financing – to transform Busan into the center of the Asian film industry.

Presenting seminars, workshops and demonstrations by industry professionals, including Business Models and Visions in Digital Cinema, BIFCOM showcases the latest filmmaking technology and location information on countries in the region.

During the event, AFCNet will jointly exhibit and hold its annual general assembly. Hosting a seminar on Supporting International Productions and the Challenges They Bring, AFCNet focuses on building and improving a system that rewards film productions shooting in Asia.

Gabinetti said the BFC does not receive any government funding and would be open to private-sector support.

“Although we are endorsed by the Ministry of Culture & Tourism, our office receives no funding and would welcome any sponsorship from the private sector to help in our efforts to actively promote the country, and Bali in particular,” she said.

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