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AFP: Jakarta festival showcases growing Indonesian film industry

AFP: Jakarta festival showcases growing Indonesian film industry

The Jakarta International Film Festival opens Friday hoping to showcase the fledgling Indonesian movie industry which is starting to make an impact abroad. Now in its eighth year–it was founded after dictator Suharto stepped down in 1998 and censorship was relaxed–the increasingly popular festival is for the first time holding a competition for best Indonesian movie. Some 29 local feature films released since the end of 2005 are in the running with prizes of 5,000 dollars each for best film and best director. Competing movies include “Love For Share” by Nia Dinata, which was Indonesia’s entry for the 2006 foreign language Oscar and recently won the Golden Orchid prize for best feature at the Hawaii International Film Festival. Nabiha Shahab reports.

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