UPDATE 23 November 2016 :
A photo impression of the Indonesian Film Festival 2016 :
Admission: F R E E upon registration.
Annual Indonesian Film Festival (IFF) in Netherlands
Theme: Contemporary Indonesia | Cinema Of Riri Riza
When: 17-20 November 2016
Where: Wolff Catharijnebaan Cinema / Radboudkwartier 19, 3511CC, Utrecht
Guest stars: Riri Riza (Indonesian Film Director) and Nicholas Saputra, Sissy Priscillia, Christoffer Nelwan (famous Indonesian actors & actress)
Organized by: the Indonesian Embassy in cooperation with Matahari Media
The second edition of the IFF will be held on 17 – 20 November 2016 in Utrecht. Every year the Indonesian Embassy in The Hague will choose a different theme. Last year, during the first edition of the IFF in the Netherlands, the theme was about the repertoire of Nia Dinata, an award-winning Indonesian film director. A special program with her films was shown in het Haagse Filmhuis. Her films are known for topics such as transgender and homosexuality issues.
After the success of last year’s IFF, the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia has chosen that the theme of this year’s IFF will be about Riri Riza’s films. Riri Riza, with his artistic and professional skills, is able to incorporate social contemporary issues in his movies. “Films must be regarded as cultural products, not only commercial ones” (Riri Riza). The Embassy would like to share these films (which are certainly a part of Indonesian popular film culture) with Dutch people and people with an Indonesian background.
Almost everyone in the Netherlands has “something” with Indonesia. 2.16 percent of the Dutch population are Indonesians of the first/ second or third generation (source: cbs.nl). In addition, there are many Dutch people with Indonesian roots, also called “Indo’s”. There is even a Dutch-Indonesian community. Other than that, many Dutch or non-Indonesian people living in the Netherlands are interested in Indonesia.
The purpose of the Indonesian Film Festival (IFF) in the Netherlands is to bring the Indonesian community together, to reach a wider audience and to attract the attention of anyone who has “something with Indonesia”.