Europe on Screen (EoS), the European film festival, was officially opened by Charge de Affairs of the European Union Delegation to Indonesia, Charles-Michel Geurts, Thursday evening (04/18/2019) in Jakarta. Europe On Screen is held in several cities in Indonesia from 18 to 30 April 2019. In his remarks, Charles-Michel Geurts said the film took part in the economy and creative industries in Europe and also in Indonesia.
"Films are also about economic improvement, very important economic sectors in terms of the creative industry in Europe, we are talking about 5 million companies, we are talking about 7 billion jobs, we are talking about the contribution for EU gross domestic product of above 4 percents. And the same goes for Indonesia, according to Bekraf, Indonesian Creative industry agency, in 2016 the creative economy represented just over 7% of the GDP of Indonesia," said Charles-Michel Geurts.
Charles-Michel Geurts further added that cinemas are developing fast in Indonesia, making 1700 Cinemas in Indonesia which are slated to grow to some 7,500 in the next decade as representing the wealth of opportunity for Indonesia film making industry.
Europe on Screen (EoS) is the longest-running international film festival in Indonesia. Held the first time in 1990 under the name of “European Film Festival”, followed by the second edition in 1999, since 2003 the festival became an annual event under the current name of Europe on Screen. The festival primarily screens the high-quality film from European Union (EU) countries and other participating European countries with representatives in Indonesia. Jakarta is the anchor city of the festival, with 90% of the screenings and events are held in the city. The program comprises of film screenings, and other film-related events such as workshops, discussions, competitions, exhibitions, open-air screenings, and many others. (VOI/AHM)