Founded in 2002, Yogyakarta, Festival Film Dokumenter (FFD) is the first documentary film festival in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, focusing on the development of documentary film as a medium of expression and ecosystem of knowledge, through exhibition, education, and archiving.
Setting forth the notion born in a light conversation between a group of youngsters, it sought to explore the raw potential in Indonesia’s cinema: the documentary medium. Certain traits differentiate documentary films from other audiovisual products, a significant place as a media that educates, reflective, transcends time and space. Amidst the strong current of the mass media, documentary films hold its own role as independent, aspirational media.
In its annual celebration every December, Festival Film Dokumenter always try to observe certain social issues as its focus, as well as creating a bridge between documentary filmmakers, professional filmmakers, and the general audiences, on the purpose of improving the quality and quantity of Indonesia documentary films.