I'm a travelling mother of one, from the UK but now living in Indonesia. Looking forward to sharing day out ideas with you.
Catch up on the latest hit flicks and independent features
I'm so excited to highlight this up and coming event as my toddler and I enjoyed it so much last year.
This festival, spread over a week, offers something for everyone. It has a super mix of international and Indonesian independent movies and award-winning fiction, documentary, feature and short films. It's also an opportunity for those who want to delve deeper to attend relaxed events to discuss films, trends and demands in the film industry.
During the week you'll find an interesting line-up of entertaining and thought-provoking movies from around the globe. Not to mention a free children's charity film program, free open air cinema, and young Indonesian film circle educational workshops. And last year there was even celebrity events, international gatherings and film premieres.
This year, the focus is on the theme 'Timeless' - "demonstrating the extraordinary ability of film to communicate the largest of human stories, as well as the briefest moments of world-changing emotion."
The schedule of events hasn't been confirmed yet; this is expected to be released during September. So be sure to keep an eye on their website and social media. Last year it was held in many venues around Denpasar in around four or five different cinemas.
However, here are a few pointers to help you make the most of the week.
1. Individual tickets will cost the same or less than the standard price. All proceeds benefit our educational and free children's programs. 2. Book your tickets early, screenings tend to sell out quickly.
3. Weather can range from humid to very warm with a chance of rain showers, so dress comfortably. 4. Bring a wrap or sweater, some film-goers and younger children get chilled in the air-conditioned venues. 5. Snacks and beverages can only be purchased at festival venues.
And finally, my personal tip and the reason why my toddler and I enjoyed it so much last year. In 2018, and I hope this year will be the same, they had a number of free child-friendly screenings. This included movies for children but also movies where the lighting wasn't too low so carers could enjoy the movie but the children could walk around when needed. This was the first time I'd managed to see a movie since my little person was born, it was such a treat. And it was one that I wouldn't have normally chosen so it was great to experience something new.
I really hope you enjoy this festival as much as we did – hope to see you there.