Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Six Indonesian films are being screened at Asias largest film festival, the 21st Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), on October 8-14, 2016, in Busan, South Korea.

A statement from the Indonesian Embassy in Seoul received by ANTARA here on Tuesday said the participation of Indonesian filmmakers, under the name of Indonesian Cinema, in BIFF was supported by the National Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf).

The six Indonesian films are "Nyai" (a designation for adult women in West Java), "Istirahatlah Kata-kata" (Solo, Solitude), "Three Sassy Sisters" (Tiga Dara), and "Athirah," as well as two short films titled "Memoria" and "On the Origin of Fear."

For seven days, the six films will be screened at renowned cinemas in the Haeundae area and Busan downtown.

To increase opportunities for Indonesian filmmakers to interact with prospective investors, Bekraf is also hosting a network program titled "Indonesian Night" on Monday night (Oct. 10) in Busan.

A number of famous Indonesian movie directors participated in the event, including Nia Dinata, Joko Anwar, Yosep Anggi Noen, and Bayu Prihantoro.

"Through the support of Bekraf, the Indonesian film industry is expected to grow and penetrate the overseas market," Deputy Head of Bekraf Ricky Pesik stated at the opening session of Indonesian Night.

Meanwhile, Bekrafs International Marketing Director Boni Pudjianto said the promotion of young Indonesian filmmakers through the Asian Film Market (AFM) was an important part of the festival.

AFM facilitates many film directors in obtaining funding from investors.

BIFF has been the most prestigious film festival in Asia since it began in 1998.(*)

Editor: Heru Purwanto
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