ReelOzInd! Australia Indonesia Short Film Competition and Festival returns in 2017!

Near neighbours should be friends not mysteries!
Short films are a great way to share stories and build understanding.

After the success of the inaugural ReelOzInd Australia Indonesia Short Film Competition and Festival in 2016, The Australia-Indonesia Centre is excited to announce its return in 2017.

The inaugural ReelOzInd! saw hundreds of entries from both nations and a shortlist of films screened in over a dozen cities in Australia and Indonesia. A global online audience of more than 5000 viewers had the opportunity to view and vote for their favourites to select the People’s Choice Award.

ReelOzInd! Australia Indonesia Short Film Competition 2017 theme is WATER.

As island nations and neighbouring archipelagos, Australians and Indonesians have a special connection to the seas and waterways that flow around and through their lands.

“Water provides us with playgrounds for fun, sites for ritual and food for our tables, but it is also sometimes a source of hardship and insecurity,” says Festival Coordinator Jemma Purdey.

“Looking to the future we each have shared concerns and challenges. Water as a precious resource is one of these.”

ReelOzInd! 2017 is seeking documentary, fiction and animation short films incorporating WATER as a theme within the story narrative, or as a visual element in the film.

A shortlist will be judged by high-profile Australians and Indonesians from the film industry.

Awards will be given for Best Film, Best Documentary, Best Animation, Best Fiction and special awards for Best Youth Film (created by a filmmaker 13-18 years) and Best Collaboration between Australian and Indonesian filmmakers.

The best films will be screened across Australia and Indonesia (September to November 2017) in a
travelling festival (bioskop keliling).


ReelOzInd! was established in 2016 to encourage Australians and Indonesians to share their stories because although we are close neighbours, Australians and Indonesians know little about each other.

But we also know that Australians and Indonesians want to get to know each other better and that we share a great sense of humour and passion for creativity.

ReelOzInd! is unique. There is no other festival that brings Australian and Indonesian film makers together to share their work and stories on the same screen.


“ReelOzInd! has given us a tremendous experience to see our work getting screened in so many places in Indonesia and also abroad, Australia. It encourages us to speak up louder with our film. We doubted before, but we have seen that it is possible. We wish such opportunity will come again for our next projects!” – Stephanie Pascalita, Producer, ‘The Eagles’ Eyes’, Winner Best Documentary

“The selected films really reflect the uniqueness of Australian and Indonesian culture and the relationship between the two countries that not many people know…. ReelOzInd! plays a strategic role in growing the understanding among the young generation, future leaders of both countries.” – Ina Riyanto, Head of Film and Television, Universitas Multimedia Nusantara, Tangerang

“Seeing all the great work from Indonesian filmmakers and also collaboration entries alongside my film Dog and Robot up on the big screen at ACMI was amazing. I even got to speak on a panel with the producer of The Matrix, one of my favourite films.” – Blair Harris, Animator, ‘Dog and Robot’, Winner Best Animation


Best Film – AUD $3,500
Best Collaboration between Indonesian and Australian – AUD $2,500
Best Documentary/Best Animation/ Best Fiction – ea. AUD $2,500
Best Film in Youth category – AUD$1,500

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