Do You Know How Piala Citra Is Judged?

Actresses Laura Basuki and Amanda Rawless read out Indonesian Film Festival (FFI) nominees on Friday (09/11) at Plaza Indonesia in Central Jakarta. (SP Photo/Dina Fitri Anisa)

By : Dhania Sarahtika | on 6:24 PM November 21, 2018
Category : Life & Style, Movies

Jakarta. The list of nominations for the 38th Indonesian Film Festival was announced last week. Do you know how the award – the most prestigious film award in the country, practically Indonesia's Oscars – is judged? Do you know who the judges are, who will decide who win the gilded Piala Citra trophy?

Based on an official list distributed to the media, 20 film associations and communities were involved in selecting the nominees.

These included the Indonesian Film Producers Association (Aprofi), Indonesian Film Directors Club (IFDC), CLC Purbalingga, In-Docs and Boemboe.

Each of these organizations sent five representatives to the Festival Film Indonesia (Indonesian Film Festival or FFI) jury committee, headed by director Nia Dinata.

These judges had to have been past Citra winners or nominees.

They were asked to judge the films submitted to FFI in three aspects: "theme, aesthetic quality and professionalism."

All films released between September 2017 and September 2018 were eligible for competition.

In the end, a total of 130 films were seen by the jury committee.

Actor and FFI head Lukman Sardi told reporters on Friday (08/10) the judges' votes were audited by accountancy firm Deloitte.

"We're looking for the best quality films out there. Some categories only have three nominees. This means the others didn't pass muster. Hopefully this [new system] will improve the quality of local films," Lukman said.

Jury committee head Nia Dinata explained the lack of nominees in some categories on an Instagram post on Friday.

A screenshot of Indonesian Film Festival (FFI)'s Instagram post and Nia Dinata (@ibunia)'s comment. (JG Screenshot)

She said, "If we've got three nominees with scores of 330, 310 and 315, and then others with scores of 150 or under, the gap is too huge, so we didn't include the latter," Nia said.

On Saturday, Nia posted another picture on Instagram with a caption that explained the whole judging process.

 

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Kemarin malam nominasi FFI diumumkan. Selamat untuk semua teman-teman dalam nominasi. Terimakasih semua team Komite yang sudah bekerja. Tahun ini mekanisme sistem penjurian Piala Citra dibagi ke dua tahap yaitu tahap seleksi penentuan nominasi dan tahap voting pemenang. Tahap seleksi diikuti oleh asosiasi perfilman yang ada di Indonesia. Dari 20 asosiasi film yang diajak terlibat, 18 mengirimkan masing-masing lima wakil yang sudah pernah menjadi nomine atau memenangkan piala Citra, untuk memberikan daftar nominasi pada kategori sesuai profesinya. Seluruh daftar nominasi dari asosiasi tersebut lalu direkapitulasi oleh akuntan publik yang ditunjuk oleh pemerintah yaitu Deloitte. Komite Pemilihan & Penghargaan FFI yang diketuai saya tahun ini, menyaksikan dan mengawal jalannya rekapitulasi. Proses tersebut dilakukan di tanggal 3-4 November. Hasilnya sudah diumumkan kemarin malam.Bisa dilihat di akun Ig @festivalfilmid seluruh daftarnya. Ada yang jumlah nominasinya 10, contohnya katagori film pendek. Tapi ada juga yg hanya 3, contohnya katagori penyutradaraan. Ini semua karena jumlah rekapitulasi suaranya memang seperti itu. Kalau sama2 banyak, pasti sama2 masuk. Tapi kalau nilainya jauh, saya putuskan untuk tidak dikatrol hanya supaya bisa jadi 5 Film/5 orang nominasinya. Rasanya sangat tidak fair, kalau kita paksa harus ber jumlah 5. Jadi, belajarlah realistis, apa adanya. Tahap kedua adalah voting untuk menentukan dari seluruh nominasi, piala Citra akan diberikan kepada siapa. Tahap voting diikuti oleh 80 orang yang merupakan FFI Member. FFI Member adalah setiap orang yang pernah mendapatkan nomine atau menang Piala Citra sejak tahun 1955. Selain itu, ada juga 9 orang lainnya yang merupakan pemilih independen yaitu tokoh tokoh budaya, media, hak azazi manusia, dan pengamat sosial. Voting akan dibuka setelah seluruh Film nominasi diputar khusus untuk ditonton kembali di akhir bulan ini. Harusnya nominasi ini dan piala Citra nanti bisa menjadi cermin,relevan dengan kondisi sosial kita, mewakili keberagaman dan kesetaraan dalam hal apa pun. #ffi #festivalfilmindonesia #nominasiffi2018 #plazaindonesia #filmindonesia #weekendmood #cinema

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Nia said she supervised the auditing of the votes with Deloitte on Nov. 3-4.

"I decided not to push it. We don't have to have five nominees for each category just to make up the numbers. Let's be realistic," she said.

The ultimate Citra winners will be voted on by 80 FFI members, made up of past winners and nominees since 1955 and nine "independent judges" made up of critics, journalists and human rights activists.

They will vote after seeing all the nominated films in a special screening at the end of this month.

"The Citra nominees and winners should reflect our social landscape, and represent diversity and equality," Nia said on her Instagram post.

The awarding ceremony will take place next month in Jakarta.

As reported in Beritagar, FFI's judging system is no stranger to controversy ever since the festival's first iteration in 1955.

That year, there were two best actors, two best actresses and two best supporting actors.

Reportedly the judges had originally selected winners who were all members of the Perfini studio.

But then the festival selected another batch of winners from rival studio Persari to share the awards.

This was apparently done to placate powerful film mogul Djamaluddin Malik, who founded both Persari and FFI.

In 1967, 1977 and 1984, the festival didn't even have a Best Film.

FFI started to involve associations in selecting its nominees last year, when the jury committee was helmed by director Riri Riza.

This is the first year that accountancy firm Deloitte is involved in auditing the votes.

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