MISS 5: Australia-Indonesia sharing stories on film

For the first time Dr. Jemma Purdey, the founding Director of ReelOzInd!, presented a public reflection on this innovative project which aims “building familiarity and mutual understanding between Australia and Indonesia”. Our Monash Indonesian Seminar Series (MISS) 5 enjoyed the privilege of hosting her presentation in the morning of 13 June 2019.

ReelOzInd! is a short film competition and festival held both online and in screening events held across both countries in partnership with community and educational organisations. The competition is open to films of up to 10 minutes in length – from the genres of documentary, animation and fiction, with special awards also given for Best Young Filmmaker (aged 13-18 years) and Best Collaboration between Indonesian and Australian filmmakers. Now in its fourth year, this initiative was sponsored by Australia-Indonesia Centre (AIC), a close partner of our Centre.

In her presentation Dr Purdey provided a brief overview of the history of Australia-Indonesia’s relationship, and the rationales for pursuing ReelOzInd! as a new and strategic intervention to such relations. The highlight of this intervention is its emphasis on accessible ‘popular’ storytelling form that connected with people in both countries especially young people. She identified issues of subtitling and classification of films being the major challenge. While the main achievements of ReelOzInd! to date, she said, has been “the production of a high quality short film festival showcasing these stories to our live audiences and online audiences”.

Click here for a video recording of the seminar.