Bali International Film Festival

Bali International Film Festival (aka Balinale) is the largest and oldest annual international film event in Indonesia. Held on the paradise island of Bali, Balinale attracts a diverse audience of filmgoers with its outstanding selection of independent local and international movies, many with filmmakers in attendance.

Balinale is celebrating its 12th anniversary from 24-30 September 2018.

The theme for this year’s edition is ‘Timeless’ in selecting films that have an extraordinary ability to communicate the largest of human stories as well as the briefest moments of world changing emotion.

Film submissions from all genres of fiction and documentary, feature length and short, from Indonesia and around the world are considered.

Balinale has a juried competition with three categories, Best Feature Film, Best Documentary and Best Short Subjects, In addition to the Festival’s annual audience choice awards.

Balinale is dedicated to support local filmmakers by waiving submission fees for Indonesians giving them the opportunity to show their films to an international audience, attend workshops and meet filmmakers from all over the world.
Waivers for Indonesians to submit their films FREE can be requested at

In 2017 Balinale introduced the annual ‘BalinaleX Industry Forum’, to help chart the course for Indonesia’s growing motion picture & television industry and provides a platform to network with filmmakers from around the globe and explore business opportunities.

Awards & Prizes
Special Jury Awards:
- Best Feature Film
- Best Documentary
- Best Short Subject

Audience Choice Award:
- Best Indonesian Film
- Best Feature Film
- Best Documentary
- Best Short Subject

Rules & Terms
Films must have been completed after 1 January 2017, and not already have had significant commercial or broadcast exposure. Films shown at other festivals or in limited non-commercial exhibition are eligible. Non-English language films must be either subtitled or dubbed in English. Submission fees & forms must be complete. Multiple submissions are allowed, each with its own submission form. Commercials and advertisements, works in progress and pornography will not be considered.
Fill in all details on the film submission form and meet all press kit requirements (i.e. production notes, still images, 50 word synopsis, trailer, website). Failing to do so will affect the consideration process. By submitting your film to the Festival, you agree to the final decision made by the festival committee, jury & audience. Neither the festival committee nor the jury is able to provide any comments about your work. Any filmmaker who contacts a juror about the status of a submitted film may be disqualified.

Screening is only possible in DCP or MOV (Quicktime) format. Screenings are scheduled at the discretion of Bali International Film Festival. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Bali International Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Bali International Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. Once accepted, a film cannot be withdrawn without written approval by the festival committee. The Festival reserves the right to use the exhibition materials for promotional purposes. If chosen as an official selection, Bali International Film Festival is granted the permission to exhibit the film at the 2018 Bali International Film Festival and all associated events.

We, of course, encourage anyone connected to the production to attend so please inform us if this is a probability. The Festival sets aside a limited number of tickets for each filmmaker’s screening(s). Acceptance of your film into the Festival program should not be interpreted as also including travel expenses and associated costs.

Every precaution will be taken to prevent loss or damage to materials. Bali International Film Festival is not responsible should any materials be damaged or lost while in transit to or from, or while in the possession of the Festival.

The filmmaker holds Bali International Film Festival, its foundation, management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. By submitting your film(s), you acknowledge that your have all necessary rights and permissions for the film(s) and agree to grant permission for Bali International Film Festival to exhibit. The filmmaker indemnifies the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

All exhibition materials must be received in the Bali International Film Festival office by Monday 10 September 2018. Note, many places may have delayed postal delivery schedules because of holidays, etc. Upon request Bali International Film Festival can provide shipping to one location for outgoing DCP exhibition copy hard drives only. Please include in the package the complete destination address. Note, anything other than DCP exhibition copy hard drives will be destroyed after the Festival is completed.
Balinale Headquarters: Jl. Mertasari 10-B, Sanur 80228, Bali, Indonesia

The Festival does not cover any screening or loaner fees. By submitting to Bali International Film Festival you agree that no screening or loaner fee will be required for your film's participation in the Festival.

For all non-Indonesian Submission Fee Waiver requests, we will only consider them between Monday 21 May and Friday 1 June 2018. Emails sent to during those dates will receive a reply. World Premieres and Award Winners are given priority.
Indonesians automatically qualify for a submissions grant. For more info visit
Shipping fees still apply for waived movies.


Films from the Washington Film Festival screening at the World Film Fair