Boffo first ani fest draws in the crowds

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The inaugural Indonesian Animation Film Festival reflected a thriving toon industry which is turning out series, shorts and programming for local and overseas markets.

The purpose of the fest, held Feb. 9-14, was to increase awareness among Indonesians of the range and quality of locally-made animation, according to Gotot Prakoso, head of the organizing committee.

Gotot says there’s been a sharp increase in ani production in the past four years after TV networks began commissioning series and ink-and-paint assignments were handed out to local studios by Japanese producers. There are about 250 animation studios in Jakarta and Bogor.

Staged at the Usmar Ismail Film Center, the fest drew more than 9,400 people and featured 161 titles, of which 76 took part in the competition. The victors were: “Da Pupu,” a short directed by Wahyu Aditya about a swan which dies and is brought back to life by robots; “Keong Kecil dan Rumahnya,” a TV show in the vein of “A Bug’s Life” based on a local fable; and Dewi Mayang Sari,” a VCD video about a goddess who has a vision of going to earth. Each received a citation and a modest cash prize of 1 million rupiah ($100).

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