'Sleep Tight Maria' is one of the finalists of a short film competition staged by the French Cinema Festival, which will be held on Dec. 3-6 at the Institut Français d'Indonésie in Central Jakarta. (Photo courtesy of Institut Français d'Indonésie)

French Cinema Festival Returns to Jakarta in December


NOVEMBER 16, 2015

Jakarta. The Institut Français d'Indonésie in Central Jakarta cancelled a movie screening with Kolektif Film on Sunday in the wake of Friday's deadly terror attacks in Paris, but its annual French Cinema Festival is still set to commence on Dec. 3-6.

The festival, which marks its 20th edition this year, announced its fourth short film competition at a media gathering in Jakarta on Thursday.

Festival coordinator Meninaputri Wismurti said organizers have received 183 short films compared to 70 entries last year. A majority of these are fiction, with the remaining being documentaries and animation pieces.

"Seventy percent [of the competing filmmakers] come from outside Jakarta, and they cover a variety of themes in their films, which are not just about love, but also social issues with a twist humor," Meninaputri said in a statement. "This shows that film making is no longer dominated by Jakarta."

Judges for this year's competition include film producer and director Sammaria Simanjuntak, Viddsee content manager Dimas Jayasrana and French producer and scriptwriter Guillaume Catala.

The winner of the short film competition will have the chance to promote his or her work at the Clermont-Ferrand short film festival in France and receive the honor of being the festival's opening film at IFI Jakarta on Dec. 3.

For feature films, the festival picked Cannes selection "Clouds of Sils Maria" by Oliver Assayas and 2014 French box office hit "Qu’est-ce qu’on fait au bon dieu?" ("Serial Bad Weddings") by Phillippe de Chauvero, among other films.

"Twilight" star Kristen Stewart became the first American actress to win France's Cesar award for best supporting actress for her role in "Sils Maria."

The festival's complete lineup of films will be announced next week.