Jakarta (ANTARA) - Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno expressed optimism that short films created by local filmmakers would compete and become a source of pride for the national film industry.

"(The film industry) will bolster our economic recovery, and I believe it will open new business and job opportunities," Uno noted in the press statement received in Jakarta on Monday.

The minister earlier visited the production site of a film titled "Kerupuk" (Fried crackers) at Idaman kerupuk factory in Majalengka, West Java, on Sunday (Mar 6).

Local creative filmmakers must be active in producing films that can evoke emotions and inspire viewers, Uno affirmed while inviting filmmakers to screen their movies through the ministry-organized Family Sunday Movie programme.

The programme is expected to be a medium for local filmmakers to deliver creative ideas through short films, he added.

"The film industry opens new creative opportunities for the youth and job opportunities for others. For the production of this movie alone, the filmmaker has opened 60 jobs for film crews, casts, and employees of Haji Eman (owner of Idaman krupuk factory)," the minister remarked.

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Short films produced by local filmmakers are expected to introduce the local wisdom; micro, small, and medium enterprises; as well as other opportunities and uniqueness that a region possesses, the minister explained.

"I think the most interesting aspect of this film is that the theme revolves around kerupuk, a local wisdom often observed in our daily activities," Uno remarked.

The minister noted that the short film "Kerupuk" upon completion would feature in the ministry's Family Sunday Movie programme.

The minister also expressed confidence that movies produced by Indonesian filmmakers would be accessible through and reach a wider audience on popular over-the-top media services, such as Netflix, Disney+, and Vidio.
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