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INDONESIAN FILM INDUSTRY INCOME CRAWLS UP

Wednesday 10 Jul 2019

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Founder and CEO of Visinema Pictures, Angga Dwimas Sasongko, said the growth in the number of movie viewers in Indonesia increased from year to year. The figure ranges from 20 to 30 percent in 2018. The number of viewers, according to Angga, has an impact on the amount of income generated from Indonesian films. In fact, the director of the Filosofi Kopi film said that the comparison of watching Indonesian films is not much different from foreign films.

"In Indonesia, the 2018 box office revenue totaled US$392 million, around Rp. 6-7 trillion. According to gross income, the first Dilan was US$17 million, while Avengers25 million US dollars," Angga said at the 2019 AKATARA media meeting in Jakarta, Tuesday.

For the record, the figure of 392 million dollars is the total amount, both Indonesian films and foreign films. Interestingly, Angga said, this figure is much smaller than box office revenues. in Asia Pacific.

"in Asia Pacific box office its 16 billion US dollars, while the box office Indonesia 392 million dollars. This means that Indonesia still has a lot of room to grow," said Angga.

Meanwhile, according to Deputy Head of Bekraf Ricky Joseph Pesik, Indonesian films have not yet been included in the top five sectors that contribute to gross domestic product (GDP). Ricky said that currently the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) is in the process of calculating the value of the digital economy, including the number of Indonesian films.

"Once it comes out, I believe the data for Indonesian film numbers can change significantly," said Ricky, met on the same occasion.

Based on the filmindonesia.or.id website , on Tuesday, Dilan 1991 became the film with the most viewers this year with 5,253,411 viewers. In second place was My Stupid Boss 2 with 1,876,052 viewers, and Kuntilanak 2closed the top three positions with 1,726,570 viewers. However, the data from the site does not include in detail the time and place to watch the films.

To encourage Indonesian cinema, Bekraf is holding the AKATARA film market and business which will take place in Jakarta from September 19 to September 22 2019. In this event, Bekraf will also hold the Asia Content Business Summit (ACBS), a forum initiated by Salon Films Hong Kong since 2008. The forum, which will be attended by 15 countries, is strategic for Indonesian film actors because it can become a forum to improve the quality of content and international competitive human resources.