The Competition Program is Festival Film Dokumenter’s main platform to showcase the selected films from around the world and Indonesia. This year we present you our selected films in three categories; International Feature-Length Category, Indonesian Short, and Student Category. Each year, we always received expanding varieties on content and style of the films submitted, not to mention the various issues/theme that ranging from the small events happening around us to a larger actual social/politics theme.
This year we received 43 films in International Feature-length Documentary Category, 85 films in Short Category, and 24 films in Student Category. FFD always search for documentaries that can critically respond to the smallest events happened surround us, which can be a reflection for its audiences and become a gateway to discuss bigger issues. Besides, the filmmakers’ capabilities to present the those issues in a form of creative documentary is also a spot on. Thus, we have selected the following films as FFD 2017 edition’s finalists.
Prior to joining SUTD-HASS, Sandeep Ray was a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin (2015-16), and a Luce Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice University (2016-17). His films have been reviewed in The American Anthropologist and the Journal for Visual Anthropology and have screened at several festivals including in Busan (BIFF), Taiwan (TIDF), Sydney, Paris (Jean Rouch), Tehran (IIFF), Copenhagen (DOX), and have curated at the Flaherty Seminar, the Margaret Mead Festival, the Films Division of India, the Asia Research Institute (NUS), and the Whitney and Getty Museums.
Anna Har is the festival director of the FreedomFilmFest, an international human rights film festival based in Malaysia. She is the head of Freedom Film Network, an organisation that promotes and supports social filmmaking. Anna studied film and visual anthropology and has been working in the field of human rights and films for about 20 years. She is an award winning director and producer and continues to work under her own production company, Big Pics Production.
Ronny Agustinus is one of Ruang Rupa founders. He runs Marjin Kiri Publishers since 2015. He was the curator of America Lation session for ARKIPEL Jakarta International Documentary & Experimental Festival in 2014 to 2016, the jury member of ARKIPEL in 2014-2015, jury for FFD 2015, and jury for Psychology Film Festival 2016.
Thomas Barker is Assistant Professor of Film and Television at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. He has been a visiting scholar at UCLA, UI, and the National University of Singapore and was formerly a student at UGM in Yogyakarta. He has written on Indonesian cinema for Cinema Poetica, The Jakarta Post, Rumah Film, and Asian Cinema amongst others. He recently co-produced and narrated an 8-part documentary series on Malaysian cinema for BFM Radio Kuala Lumpur.
A self-taught filmmaker whose personal quest is to utilize audio-visual medium as a tool: for education, culture preservation, for acceleration of social movement, and a way to give back to society. She is actively in involved in local film festivals circuit as a member of jury (Festival Film Indonesia, Anti Corruption Film Festival, XXI Short Film Festival, Festival Film Surabaya, Festival Film Dokumenter, Eagle Academy, UCIFEST 7, Festival Video Edukasi) and conducting documentary film workshops.
Antariksa is a researcher and co-founding member of KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He is the 2017 laureate of Global South(s) du Collège d’études mondiales/Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme fellowship, Paris, and currently Associate Fellow of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore.
Steve Pilar Setiabudi
Pillar was born in Solo, Indonesia. He studied graphic design in Yogyakarta and graduated in 1997. Since then he actively involved in numbers of documentary productions. Now he works in Artifact Media producing and directing more documentaries.
Jason Iskandar was born in Jakarta on 1991. He started his filmmaking career at 17 by joining a documentary workshop and competition Think Act Change, where his film Sarung Petarung win 3 awards. His documentary Indonesia Bukan Negara Islam won the best Student Documentary in FFD 2009. He is now preparing his first feature film.
Irfan R. Darajat
Born in Purbalingga, October 22 1988. He finished his bachelor degree at Politics and Government Major in 2012, the continue his Masters at Cultural and Media Studies UGM in 2013. He is a member of LARAS, a forum of music and society research.