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 film-goers with its outstanding selection of independent local and international movies, many with filmmakers in attendance.

Balinale is celebrating its 14th anniversary in 2021

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

Balinale has a juried competition with Awards presented in several artistic and technical categories for Feature, Documentary and Short films.

Balinale is dedicated to support local filmmakers by waiving submission fees for Indonesian Nationals (WNI) giving them the opportunity to show their films to an international audience, attend workshops and meet filmmakers from all over the world.

The annual Balinale holds a number of workshops and seminars for film students & enthusiasts, and the ‘BalinaleX Industry Forum’ for film & television industry professionals.

Special Jury Awards:
- Jury Award
- Best Feature Film
- Best Documentary
- Best Short Subject

Festival Awards

- Gary L Hayes Award for Emerging Indonesian Filmmakers

Films must have been completed within a year of the festival, and not already have had significant commercial or broadcast exposure. Films shown at other festivals or in limited non-commercial exhibitions 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, advertisements, works in progress and pornography will not be considered.

Fill in all the details on the film submission form and meet all press kit requirements (i.e. still images, trailer). 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.

The festival has a strict no refund policy.

Feature length films must be provided in DCP format, either physically or downloadable. Short films can be screened in DCP, MOV or MP4 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.

All films may be submitted for Offline, Online, or Hybrid screening. Refusal to allow Online screening will not impact the chances of selection for Offline screening. However, Offline screening maybe limited due to unforeseen events.

The Festival reserves the right to use the provided promotional materials (in full or part) for promotional purposes. Bali International Film Festival is granted permission to exhibit the film at its associated events during the current festival year and up to its next edition, where the film will receive proper credit and promotion.

We encourage anyone connected to the production to attend so please inform us as soon as possible 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 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 you have all necessary rights and permissions for the film(s) and agree to grant permission for the 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 headquarters by Monday 24 August 2020. 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 incoming OR outgoing DCP exhibition copy hard drives only. Please include in the package the complete return address.

Note, anything other than DCP exhibition copy hard drives will be destroyed after the Festival is completed.

Balinale Headquarters Address: Jl. Mertasari 10-B, Sanur 80228, Bali, Indonesia

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

Submission Fee Waivers for non-Indonesian productions will only be considered when received between Monday 18 May and Sunday 31 May 2020. World Premieres and Award Winners are given priority.

Indonesian Nationals (WNI) automatically qualify for a submission fee waiver grant. For more information visit

Note all associated shipping fees for films submitted with a Submission Waiver are the responsibility of the filmmaker.

Bali International Film Festival, its authorized representatives or agents shall not be liable for any delays or cancellations occurring by reason of circumstances beyond its control, including but not limited to acts of civil or military authority, national emergencies, work stoppages, travel restrictions, acts of God, or failure of communication or power supply. In the event of venue cancellation, the festival shall take reasonable steps to minimize losses but shall have no liability with respect thereto.

Overall Rating
  • Very good and i really love the local atmosphere

    December 2019
  • A super excellent staff, professional organized, and wonderful films around world. I learn a lot from you. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your kindness.

    December 2019
  • Had an amazing time at this film festival.

    November 2019
  • Maaf sekali belum bisa hadir, terima kasih sudah mengapresiasi film kecil saya.

    November 2018
  • Isaac Kerlow

    High quality festival with a unique combination of regional and international films. Helpful festival staff. Enjoyed meeting emerging and established colleagues, and sharing our work with local audiences.

    November 2018