Indonesia Distanced Stories from September to November 2020. British Council Indonesia's first inclusive, fully digital, socially distanced, documentary film workshop.

The British Council, Scottish Documentary Institute, and In-Docs are pleased to collaborate to present Indonesia Distanced Stories, an inclusive, fully online documentary filmmaking workshop for emerging Indonesian filmmakers – empowering them to use their creative talents in realising their story ideas into short documentary films during the duration of three months.

As we are facing a global COVID-19 pandemic, this programme – originally named Jakarta STORIES, was adapted from its 10-day intensive face-to-face model into a fully online model to give the participants more opportunities and flexibility in producing their films, while being physically distanced.

Over the period of 3 months from September until November 2020, the participants gather online to learn, finish a set of assignments, watch various film recommendations, prepare their story ideas, pitch, and get assigned into small teams to produce their films – all under the guidance of 2 mentors from Scottish Documentary Institute along with 2 Indonesian mentors.

The selected participants are coming from a diverse background, culturally and geographically. They will be assigned into small teams and are expected to work collaboratively, inclusively as well as social-responsibly during this physical distancing time.

The aim of this programme is not only to develop the skill of the filmmakers, but to also explore ways of creative collaboration, challenging the limitations that exist during this physical-distancing times, and to support the growth a more inclusive filmmaking practice in Indonesia.


The Selected Participants

  • Anita Reza Zain
  • Ary Aristo
  • Fadilah Miftah
  • Fajrian
  • Fransiscus Sales Magasto
  • Helga Theresia
  • Lies Nanci Supangkat
  • Mochamad Ryo Arbani
  • Mochamad Sulaeman
  • Mohamad Ismail
  • Mulya Rhukmana
  • Rofie Nur Fauzie

The Mentors

Noé Mendelle

Noe has worked in film & TV for over thirty years as a Director and a Producer. She set up Scottish Documentary Institute in 2004 and since then has devised several award-winning talent initiatives, including Bridging the Gap, BtG+, This is Scotland, Stories and The Edinburgh Pitch. She is a research professor at Edinburgh College of Art where she supervises PhD by practice in Documentary Film.

Anne Milne 

Anne Milne is an award-winning Scottish filmmaker. Her film Maria’s Way was nominated for the European Film Award 2010, and won a BAFTA New Talent award as well as playing at numerous international film festivals, and picking up more awards. After being awarded a WorldView Multi Media Grant, she travelled to Nepal to shoot Himalayan Sisters which later won an editing award at the 2011 Underwire Festival.

Dwi Sujanti Nugraheni

Dwi Sujanti Nugraheni is a self-taught documentary filmmaker, alumnus of IDFA Summer School 2012, Berlinale Talents 2014, Talents Tokyo 2015 and Asia Docs workshop 2015. Her first feature length documentary film “Denok & Gareng” selected to IDFA first appearance competition 2012. Her second feature documentary, “Ona between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea” was released in early 2020.

Ernest Hariyanto

Ernest Hariyanto produced, written and edited Jalanan (Streetside, 2013), a feature-length Indonesian documentary that won the Best Documentary award in the prestigious Busan International Film Festival 2013 in Korea and Best Documentary at the Melbourne International Film Festival 2014 in Australia.


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