Jakarta. Indonesian movie producer Sheila Timothy received the Asia-Pacific Copyright Educator Award from the Motion Picture Association during the CineAsia film convention in Hong Kong on Thursday.
A co-founder of the Lifelike Pictures production house, Sheila was recognized for her work in supporting and educating about intellectual property rights in the Indonesian movie industry.
“Sheila successfully involved the government and the stakeholders of the Indonesian film industry to commit in developing the country’s creative industry,” Mike Ellis, the MPA Asia-Pacific president and managing director, said in a statement.
As chairwoman of the Indonesian film producers’ association, or APROFI, Sheila worked with the Communications and Information Technology Ministry and the Justice and Human Rights Ministry to identify and shut down 22 websites illegally streaming local movies.
Last May, she also organized a seminar on the importance of safeguarding intellectual property rights within Indonesia’s creative industry.
Sheila said she hoped the Indonesian movie industry would keep growing. “We have very big potential, but it needs to be supported with strong copyright regulations so that creativity and innovation can flourish,” she said.
Sheila is best known for producing films like Joko Anwar’s “Pintu Terlarang” and “Modus Anomali,” and Adriyanto Dewo’s “Tabula Rasa.”