ShoutOUT! UCIFEST11 first to bring its film festival online in Southeast Asia

While Indonesia is grappling with containing the spread of the Coronavirus, and film events are put on hold, we put the spotlight on one film festival still intact. The UCIFEST 11 (UMN Animation & Film Festival), happening over today and tomorrow, is an annual short film festival organised by film students under the Theory and Practice Film Festival course at Multimedia Nusantara University, Indonesia. This year marks the 11th edition of UCIFEST and is the first film festival in Southeast Asia held online. The festival organisers are also working with Viddsee to include the films programmed in the festival on Viddsee's platform in a bid to find new audience pools.

According to the organisers, one of the greatest obstacles of bringing the film festival online is the threat of content piracy. To combat piracy, UCIFEST 11 has implemented a secure registration system for viewers. All viewers are required to register with certain details for the system to verify the educational institution they belong to and that they are eligible to access the festival programme. Following every successful verification, they will get a link to watch the films via email. In addition, the festival has created a UCIFEST 11 watermark on every film to prevent piracy. Good lessons for other film festivals in the waiting indeed!

The festival's programmes on the first day (21 April) include the Competition Program (Demi Aku, Aku Rela), Non-Competition Program (Collaboration with IKJ Campus), Documentary Seminar in the current era (with Amelia Hapsari), Official Selection Non-Competition Program and Competition Program (Kisah Antar Golongan)

Programmes on the second day (22 April) include Competition Program (Realita +Tragedi = Manusia), Competition Program (Hai Dunia, Aku Terluka), Competition Program (Si Cilik dan Semestanya), Non-Competition Program (Collaboration with ISI Campus), Meet the Judges, and the Non-Competition Program (Experimental from Southeast Asia).

Two of the Non-Competition Programs are the result of the collaboration between Multimedia Nusantara University (UMN) with the Jakarta Arts Institute (IKJ) and the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI). Meanwhile, another Non-Competition Program (Southeast Asia Experimental) is the curatorial effort of Umi Lestari, a lecturer at Multimedia Nusantara University.

To join UCIFEST 11, you can visit their official website at and for information regarding screening schedules, you can follow UCIFEST 11 on its official Instagram at @ucifestumn.             
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