Minikino lives with its partners.
Minikino believes that a short film, like a poem or short story, is a self-contained work with its own literary merit. A well-programmed selection of short films is a potent stimulant for discussion, which in turn will promote critical thinking. Seizing this idea, in 2002 Minikino began coupling its unique programs of short films from around the world with moderated discussions. Minikino also declared its commitment to a “healthy dose of short films”.
Minikino’s monthly screening and discussion has since provided filmmakers with an opportunity to make an impact to a wider audience. Minikino also works with film festivals both in and out of Indonesia by designing special programs of international or Indonesian short films, providing their audience with an opportunity to see and discuss about films they might never get to see otherwise. Minikino has also published and distributed several short film selections in electronic form, and organised film-related workshops.
The first organization in Indonesia to declare its focus on short films, Minikino soon attracted attention. In March 2003, Minikino began to screen and discuss in its first venue partner outside of Bali, the Oktagon Fotokine Gallery, Jakarta. Around the same time Minikino also started its monthly screening and discussion of short films in QB World Books Kemang, Jakarta. In September 2003, Minikino began partnering with the Tobucil to hold the same program in Bandung.
Minikino focuses on short films.
Pulling itself out of the “indie films” romanticism, Minikino decided to focus on the format and medium of storytelling rather than the potentially misleading spirit of “independency”. With the pretext of making “independent” films, thousands of films – that happened to be short in duration – have been made in Indonesia since 1998. Little, however, was considered qualified enough to reach international audience.
The problem might be a quite simple one: focusing on the spirit, people are making “independent films”, not realizing the format of storytelling that they’re using. The result is a great number of feature-length-wanna-be masqueraded as short film. A cut version of a big film. An unconscious imitation of the most popular format in Indonesia: TV soaps. A lengthy, boring version of one idea that could be simple and smart had it been treated the proper way.
Minikino believes that to break free from this circle, a focus first had to be decided, simple and sweet: short films.
Minikino promotes exchange and networking.
The next problem lies in the first problem: people are not aware about the short film format. This came from lack of exposure to short film culture. Therefore Minikino focuses on creating a short film culture in Indonesia, by holding a regular screening and discussion of an international selection of short films. These screening and discussion of short films are attended by the filmmakers in whichever possible ways; including intercontinental online chats arranged directly after a screening.
At the same time, Minikino believes that culture can only exist and develop with exchange, not isolation. Through Minikino’s monthly screening and discussion, Minikino promotes exchange and networking amongst filmmakers and the audience. Some filmmaking groups have been established by filmmakers who met as audience in Minikino’s regular screening and discussion activities.