Dutch filmmaker to set up base in Indonesia

Dutch-based movie post-production company Filmmore says it will set up a base in Jakarta in 2014 to help Indonesian filmmakers boost their movie quality to gain international recognition. Anton Scholten of Filmmore said Thursday that in the last decades, films from East Asia had been doing remarkably well on the international film market and at festivals. He said the growing number of feature films from this region at the famous International Film Festival Rotterdam each year was a clear indicator of the rising global recognition for East Asian films.

Indonesian filmmakers, however, were only gradually starting to take advantage of this rising interest in the genre among international film viewers and critics, he said. “The level of post-production quality in Indonesia is not up to international standards,” he said during a seminar titled Cinema Support Indonesia at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Nusa Dua. “What we would like to do is to bring international standards to Indonesia, and make sure that the people who work with Filmmore [in Jakarta] are all Indonesians,” Scholten said.

Scholten said that the project would start in 2014 by selecting film professionals for training both in Indonesia and the Netherlands and therefore utilize this knowledge for the development of Indonesian films. One of the main techniques to be taught was for visual effects, which he said would be used in movies at least for the next 10-15 years. “If your post-production is not up to international standards, you will lose the battle,” he said. Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen showed support of the program and said the event showed the meeting of east and west.

“Indonesia and the Netherlands are no longer worlds apart […] We are closer than ever in every respect,” she said. “Indonesian filmmakers are already producing high quality films, but there is still room for improvements […] Dutch filmmakers are more than happy to work with Indonesian colleagues on this,” said Ploumen. Dutch filmmakers are also involved in the filming of The Silent Force, based on the novel De Stille Kracht (The Hidden Force) by Louis Couperus in 1900, about the lives of residents in East Java during Dutch colonialism.

Dutch Hollywood director Paul Verhoeven, notable for his work in directing Black Book, RoboCop and Basic Instinct, is directing the movie. Esthy Reko Astuty, director general of tourism marketing of the Indonesian Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry, said that this form of non-formal education was what Indonesian filmmakers needed. “The role of informal education, such as workshops and symposiums, etc. is needed, especially as a short-term solution to overcome the problem of human resources in our film industry,” Esthy said.

Senior actress and film producer Christine Hakim, who was present at the event, also expressed her utmost support for the program. Meanwhile, San Fu Maltha of Fu Works Productions said, “It doesn’t matter if your movie is in Indonesian, Korean or Chinese. What makes movies different is that it is good or bad. And it’s good films that can travel, and we’re here to help with this,” he said. Maltha also opened chances to Indonesian film professionals to be involved in the making of The Silent Force.

source : bali daily

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