Bali International Film Festival (aka Balinale) is held annually on the island of Bali, Indonesia. The festival runs from Saturday 1 June to Friday 7 June 2024.

In 2024, we celebrate our 17th edition by showcasing an outstanding selection of independent local and international movies, along with a series of related activities and events.

Balinale attracts a diverse and enthusiastic audience of film lovers, filmmakers, and a vibrant local community.

Film submissions from all genres of fiction and documentary, feature-length and short, from Indonesia and around the world are accepted for consideration in our festival of in-cinema and outdoor screenings.

The festival has a juried competition with awards presented in several artistic and technical categories for Narrative Features, Documentaries, and Short Films.

We are dedicated to supporting local filmmakers by waiving submission fees for Indonesian Nationals (WNI).

The festival holds several workshops and seminars, many of which are offered free of charge, for film students and young creatives.

‘Bali Film Forum’ for the film and television industry focuses on building an effective and meaningful dialogue between Indonesian professionals and their international counterparts.

- Special Jury Award
- Best Narrative Feature
- Best Documentary Feature
- Best Short Narrative
- Best Short Documentary

Festival Awards:
- Gary L Hayes Award for Emerging Indonesian Filmmakers
- American Indonesian Cross-Cultural Filmmaking Prize


1. Submissions
Film submission open on Thursday, 30 November 2023.

Early Bird Deadline : 11 January 2024
Regular Deadline : 15 March 2024
WNI Deadline : 15 March 2024
Late Deadline : 4 April 2024

In order to confirm your understanding and acceptance of the terms and conditions, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING REGULATIONS CAREFULLY.

Entry forms must be completed with a secure screener, all other necessary documentation, and signatures before the deadline listed.

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.

If a submission does not satisfy all these standards, Balinale reserves the right to disqualify the film and all money paid will be forfeited.

For each submissions that is submitted, only one category may be chosen.

Please be aware of the following terms:

– Submissions that do not meet the eligibility criteria or are otherwise disqualified under these regulations are not eligible for refunds.

– Incomplete payment will result in disqualification of the film submission.

– Bali International Film Festival is NOT responsible for covering any screening, loaner, or shipping fees associated with the submissions.

2. Entry Liability
The filmmaker holds the Bali International Film Festival, its foundation, management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, 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 organizers 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.

By submitting your film to the festival, you agree that there will be NO screening or loaner fees paid for films screened at the festival.

Balinale is guided in all its work by the core values of excellence; creativity; and equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging (EDIB).

3. Shipping
Prior to shipping, any physical materials must be approved by the festival.

In order to avoid customs fees, delays, or possible confiscation, shipping forms must state : NO COMMERCIAL VALUE and FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY

It is preferable to have a downloadable version, but physical copies can be arranged on a case-by-case basis.

Balinale WILL NOT cover any shipping costs.

4. Film Categories
Independent works that are creative, challenging, and unique. Genres of independent thought-provoking, unique, and entertaining films will be considered.

Feature: This category is reserved for any film whose runtime is minimum 40 minutes or more.

Short: This category is reserved for any film whose runtime is under 40 minutes.

Feature: This category is reserved for any film whose runtime is between 90-150 minutes.

Short: This category is reserved for any film whose runtime is 20 minutes or less (including credits).

Note: Film selected for the festival program, and eligibility for jury and/or audience awards, will be decided by the programming committee.

5. Submission Payment
Payable via FilmFreeway only

A limited number of free submissions will be provided for Indonesian Nationals (WNI). Please refer to the WNI CATEGORY for details.

Submission Fee Waivers for NON-INDONESIAN productions will only be considered when a request is received between 25 February – 29 February 2024. Note: Premieres and Award Winners are given priority for consideration.

Only those submission awarded waivers will be notified.

Submission fees cannot be discounted, including for the submission of multiple films

6. Screener Formats
Balinale accepts online screeners submitted through FilmFreeway. Receipt of any other physical format must be approved by the festival.

Submitted films must be uploaded directly to FilmFreeway via their Secure Online Screener system, or supplied as a password-protected Vimeo link or private YouTube link provided via the FilmFreeway online application form.

Encrypted films will not be accepted.

• The submitter must inform Balinale right away if the password changes at any stage between the submission and the Festival.

• If the screener is provided with a Vimeo link, please make sure the privacy settings have been modified to allow embedding so Balinale can see the movie through FilmFreeway.

7. Eligibility Requirements
All submissions must adhere to the following criteria in order to be considered:

•Films must have been completed within one year of the final submission date.

Eligible films include those that have had international exposure or have been screened at other festivals, but not have had significant commercial or broadcast exposure.

•Non-English language films must be either subtitled or dubbed in English.

•Submission forms must be complete to include all press kit specifications (i.e. Production stills, trailer, production credits, and contact information, Secure online screener). Each submission will have a seperate submission forms. Works-in-progress, commercials, and advertisements are not accepted.

• All submission fees paid in full.

•Note that all films exhibited in Indonesia must be sent to the Indonesian Censorship Board (LSF) for certification and final screening clearance.

Please be aware that by submitting your movie to the festival, you consent to the festival committee’s final judgment.

8. Selection
Notification date : Wednesday, 1 May 2024.

All exhibition materials of SELECTED FILMS must be received by Wednesday, 15 May 2024.

Films must be provided in MP4, or Mov. format. Downloadable is preferable. Physical can be arranged on a case-by-case basis. If your screening, takes place in cinema a DCP can also be arranged.

• Balinale decisions are final

• Screenings are scheduled at the discretion of the Festival. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, We reserve 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 schedule change.

• A limited number of tickets are reserved by the Festival for each filmmaker’s screening (s). It should not be assumed that inclusion of your film in the Festival program also covers travel costs and related expenditures.

• The person listed as responsible for the movie will receive the award. A second statuette may be given out at the discretion of the festival.

• Every effort will be made to prevent material loss or damage. The Bali International Film Festival disclaims any liability for any materials lost or damaged in transit to or from the Festival.

• A movie cannot be withdrawn after it has been accepted without the festival committee’s express consent.

9. Correspondence
All correspondence from Balinale regarding FilmFreeway submissions will be sent via and via FilmFreeway.

Although Balinale takes every precaution to ensure that messages are sent to the Submitter via email, Balinale disavows any responsibility for messages not delivered to the email address supplied.

10. Force Majeure
Bali International Film Festival, its authorized representatives or agents shall not be liable for any delays or cancellations occurring because 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 there to.

Overall Rating
  • Azalia Muchransyah

    I am so honored to have my short documentary "Lolitha" selected to be in competition at the Balinale 2023. I am really impressed with the high-quality lineup and I really appreciate the media publicity in promoting the films and filmmakers. I look forward to sending my future films to Balinale.

    July 2023
    Response from festival:

    Dear Azalia,
    Thank you for sharing 'Lolitha' with us. The film was one of the highlights of the festival, and the positive reaction from the audience and comments from fellow filmmakers attests to your quality and talent as a storyteller. Wishing you much continued success and look forward to seeing your future work. Balinale 2023

  • Mickael Couturier

    It was a privilege to have our movie "The Art of Giving" selected at the Balinale Film Festival and an honor to win The Committee Choice Award.

    A massive thank you to the festival for putting the light on our film that tells the story of the "Plastic Angels", the trash picker kids of Bali and recognizing the importance of using storytelling to help underprivileged communities.

    The staff was incredibly helpful, and the atmosphere was vibrant. The film selection at Balinale was diverse and showcased a remarkable range of cinematic talent from around the world.

    I have had movies selected for prestigious festivals in the past, such as Cannes film festival, but I have to admit, Balinale was without a doubt, one of the best festival experience I ever had.

    Highly recommended for filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike!

    June 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the kind review, Mickael.
    We were pleased to have you with us and hope that we receive more beautiful films and can showcase important stories like 'The Art of Giving'.
    Balinale 2023

  • It has been a pleasure to project my work in this well-organized festival with excellent communication.

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Dear Orangel,
    Congratulations on Mireyita and the well-deserved recognition it continues to enjoy.
    Balinale 2022

  • Haediqal Pawennei

    it's good and thank you for having me :)

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Dear Haediqal,
    It was a genuine pleasure to have you premiere A Scent of Chlorine in the festival.
    We look forward to seeing your continued success.
    Balinale 2022

  • Johnny Agnew

    Wonderful festival, It was a privilege to be a part of so thank you for the support for our film. Wish we could have been there in person.

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Many thanks, Johnny! Young and the Reckless made a huge impact on the audiences as one of the highlights of the festival program. We look forward to welcoming you and your next film to Bali.