Short Documentary Judging and Indonesian Documentary Development Barometer

Proses Penjurian Kategori Dokumenter Pendek

The judging of Short Documentary category for Festival Film Dokumenter 15 competition program had been held on Thursday (12/8). The scoring process lasted for 6 hours by 3 famous figures from every field in cinema. They were Eric Sasono (Film Critics), F. X. Harsono (Artist), and Yosep Anggi Noen (Filmmaker)

The judging process for this category was took place in Dreamlight World Media Building, Ngupasan, Yogyakarta. Started from 9.15 A. M.  with screening session of finalists’ films until 1 P. M. This year, there were 9 short documentary film that had been selected for the final phase of judgement: Anak Koin, Generasi Sekian, Jembatan Sibuk, Mata Elang, Miang Meng Jakarta, Petani Terakhir, Senandung Sunyi Samudera, dan Sepanjang Jalan Satu Arah. After the screening, judging process was continued by discussion session to determining the winner that brought out new dialectics. In the middle of judging process, Yosep Anggi Noen expressed about  Indonesian documentary that he thought, is currently having serious problematics.

“I felt a big stammering in using new (filming) equipment. Each of the documentary films that using DSLR always looked fake. The camera is not like the eye. Beside that, because of ability of having a camera is becoming easy, in one documentary they can use 3-4 cameras at once. This is bringing out a very complex orientation. The direction of the film is becoming unclear. We are suddenly misplaced,” said the director of Istirahatlah Kata-Kata­—which had recently won Golden Hanoman in Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (JAFF) last week.

Not only Anggi, the other 2 juries were also had the same opinion. “There is still a film that lifting a theme based on stereotype, even strengthen it and also camera work which still having basic mistakes. I’m hoping more than that,” said Erik Sasono.

Responded on Festival Film Dokumenter which is trying to open an opportunity for international film to take participation in Long Documentary category this year, The Man that is also officiating secretary of InDocs Board of Directord secretary was hoping that no need for Short Documentary category to be changed like that. “In my opinion, the purpose have to be different. Short Documentary competition more suitable to nurture new talents. So, this competition have to be maintained in national scale and being the benchmark for indonesian documentari development,” said Erik Sasono ended the discussion. [Anas AH / Ellyta Rahmayandi]

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