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Networking is an essential matter in my line of work as a film festival programmer and filmmaker. FFD, an international-level film festival, must continue to maintain and enlarge its connection with both national and international/global film networking. As a program manager, I play a vital role in maintaining and developing our network. I managed to invite BRITDOC Foundation, Dutch Embassy, American Embassy, BEKRAF Indonesia, and DMZ Docs Korea to collaborate in our Masterclass program. The collaboration generated mutual advantages from both parties. The masterclass participants had the chance to consult their projects with the guest mentors as well as our partners who had special slot in the festival to showcase their products. I perceived this collaboration as a valuable network to furthermore developing the goals in international cultural diplomacy. With the current event held by British Council together with Indonesian Government such as UK/ID Festival, I see this networking can be a valuable asset in the future years.
Festival is a melting pot for film professionals and a strategic place to gain new connection. I also actively get in touch with every festival's guests. This effort provided me a better understanding and updated news on the cinema from all over the world. For this endeavour, I managed to get invited to a Film Archiving Workshop held by Thai Film Archive for the archivists in Southeast Asia after promoting my archiving activity in FFD. By attending this program, I was able to gain valuable knowledge to be shared with my fellow archivists in FFD and of course I gained new connection with Southeast Asian film archivists.
As a filmmaker, I have numbers of chances to attend international festivals that selected my film in their program such as Cannes International Film Festival and Singapore International Film Festival. I used this occasion to promote my film to international film programmers which made my film get screened in other festivals as well. My connections with film programmers also benefited my new project promotion and platform finding for the premieres as well as screenings. From all benefit on the networking, I also managed to have Riri Riza, Indonesian prominent figure in cinema and also a Chevening Alumni, as one of my referees.
If I received the Chevening Scholarship, I will use the opportunity to become an ambassador to promote film culture between Indonesia and the UK. Through this cultural diplomacy, we can achieve a better understanding as a nation and to learn from one to another.