JAKARTADAILY.ID – Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno said Australia is one of the countries that successfully uses its film industry to attract tourists visits and produce world-class films.
Therefore, Indonesia is currently trying to use the national film industry to attract tourists visits.
Sandi explained that the country's film industry managed to attract 44 million viewers last year. He hopes there will be an increase in 2023.
"Indonesia is applying the same pattern with incentives that hopefully can attract not only international film production films made in the country and improve the quality of Indonesian films," said Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno during the 2023 Festival Sinema Australia Indonesia (FSAI) Press Conference at CGV Grand Indonesia, Jakarta, Thursday, February 16, 2023.
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Sandiaga revealed that the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy welcomes and supports the 2023 FSAI which will be held in 7 cities from February 24 to March 18, 2023.
"We welcome the 8th year and we are celebrating a year of FSAI. I give my appreciation to the Australian Ambassador, because this is not only a movie screening but also a masterclass, touching several cities, and later there will also be a kind of workshop that is expected to improve best practice," Sandiaga said.
Meanwhile, Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Penny Williams PSM, said FSAI 2023 featured the best films from Australia and Indonesia.
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"Australia is globally renowned for its expertise in film, and FSAI is a wonderful opportunity to interact with experts and experience the best in Australian and Indonesian cinema," she said.
This year's festival features seven films and seven masterclass sessions in seven cities beginning with a screening of the award-winning film 'Sweet As' in Jakarta on February 18, 2023, an uplifting teen film about the flip side of friendship, first love, and finding yourself on the road less traveled. FSAI will also be held in Jakarta, Surabaya, Makassar, Mataram, Yogyakarta, Bandung, and South Tangerang.
Other Australian films that will be screened include the biographical drama Penguin Bloom, Moon Rock for Monday, The Drover's Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson, and the animated comedy Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway co-produced by Australian animation studio Animal Logic.
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