Bali International Film Festival (also known as BALINALE) will present over 50 thought-provoking and award-winning independent, fiction, documentary, short and feature length films from 18 countries with 4 International Premieres, 21 Asian Premieres and 4 World Premieres
Many Award Winners and Premieres will have filmmakers in attendance including; 2014 Un Certain Regard Award nominee A Girl At My Door July Jung (Korea), Manto Acuífero by 2010 Caméra d'Or winner Michael Rowe (Mexico), Children Of The Light Dawn Engle (USA), The Last Executioner Tom Waller (Thailand), Love Thy Nature Sylvie Rokab (USA), and The Lion Men: Ultimate Showdown Jack Neo, Singapore’s highest grossing feature filmmaker and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Planes: Fire & Rescue Roberts Gannaway (USA) in our annual Children's Charity Film Program. Plus a series of Signature Shorts included in our free Open Air Cinema.
The 2014 Winners
Best Short: The Gallant Captain (Australia)
When Will discovers a box of memories in his father's wardrobe, he embarks on a fantastic seafaring voyage. With his Cat bravely in tow, Will learns that only when you truly let go do you become The Gallant Captain. Inspired by the Picture Book 'The Legend of the Golden Snail', written and illustrated by Graeme Base. Published by Penguin Group (Australia).
Best Documentary: Girl Rising (USA)
Girl Rising is the feature-length film at the center of 10x10's global action campaign for girls' education. The film tells the stories of girls across the developing world, selected in consultation with acclaimed women writers and working closely with non-profit partners. These writers are not only our collaborators, but a bridge deep into the lives of the girls themselves, telling a story that might not be captured in a traditional documentary: a voice for girls who might otherwise never be heard.
Best Feature: A Girl at My Door (Korea)
After graduating from the police academy, Young-nam rose through the ranks in Seoul, but censure for misconduct gets her transferred to a small seaside town. On her first day at the small precinct’s chief, she keeps bumping into an odd young, strangely dressed teenager named Dohee. Overly conscious of others, easily intimidated and regularly bullied by other kids, Dohee spends her time alone and roams about the dark alleys. To Dohee, this is just part of her daily life.
Best Overall Film: White Lies (NZ)
White Lies is a story about the nature of identity: those who deny it and those who strive to protect it. Paraiti (Whirimako Black) is a medicine woman. She is the healer and midwife of her rural, tribal people – she believes in life. But new laws are in force prohibiting unlicensed healers. On a rare trip to the city, she is approached by Maraea (Rachel House), the servant of a wealthy woman, Rebecca (Antonia Prebble), who seeks her knowledge and assistance in order to hide a secret which will destroy Rebecca’s position in European settler society. If the secret is uncovered a life may be lost, but hiding it may also have fatal consequences. So Paraiti, Maraea and Rebecca become players in a head on clash of beliefs, deception and ultimate salvation.
The Wedding Contract: A Balinese Love Story (USA)
When A Balinese girl is denied permission to marry outside of her clan, there is a traditional solution for the family of the suitor: 1. Draw up a Wedding Contract and 2. Kidnap the Bride. The couple then flees for protection to the suitor's village, and three days of tense negotiations begin. The hostilities often escalate between two neighboring clans, but the negotiations become raucous and bizarre in The Wedding Contract: A Balinese Love Story when the suitor turns out to be a Westerner.
We Have A Guest (Iran)
The return of their disabled son and unexpected arrival of some guests, stir up many emotions and words that have been left unsaid.
Bali International Film Festival (aka BALINALE) is held on the exotic tropical island of Bali, Indonesia. BALINALE presents a week of current independent and unique films from Indonesia and around the globe that inspire and entertain our mix of international and domestic audiences.