Netflix to boost local film development in Indonesia
American video streaming platform Netflix is joining hands with Indonesia’s ministry of education and cultural affairs to boost and advance local films through various development programs as reports suggest.
Education and cultural minister Nadiem Makarim told the press that this partnership aims to drive innovations in the country’s cultural sector, especially by promoting local talents on the world stage.
The California-headquartered streaming company aims to empower local filmmakers through a series of programmes which includes filmmaking workshops with both local and international filmmakers, short film competitions, online safety training programme, and Agile Government Workshops along with the World Economic Forum.
According to Nakarim, Netflix is committed to investing USD 1 million for collaboration programs. The first program will take 15 selected Indonesian scriptwriters to Los Angeles to receive training about scriptwriting and film sciences. The minister and Netflix will also conduct training for 100 local scriptwriters in Jakarta.
Furthermore, they plan to launch a short film competition focusing on the theme of Pancasila (Indonesia’s state philosophy) this year.