The S-Express Short Film Program Exchange was initiated in 2002 by Yuni Hadi (Singapore), Amir Muhammad (Malaysia) and Chalida Uabumrungjit (Thailand). It is an annual event in the form of short film exchange programs conducted on a regional scale.
Minikino joined S-Express networking in 2003, opening the doors of Indonesia’s short program distribution to neighboring countries in the Southeast Asia region. The programs compiled for this exchange movement always include the name of the country from which the program originated. Every year Minikino sends an S-Express: Indonesia program to travel for a period of one year, into screenings and festivals in each Southeast Asian countries involved.
The selection and programming process undertaken by Minikino is through direct invitations to filmmakers and / or short film producers only. There is no open submission.
Having been a regular part of the Minikino Monthly Screening and Discussion for several years, in 2015 the S-Express screening become part of the annual film festival, Minikino Film Week.
Until now, S-Express is still the only channel for the exchange of short film programs that connects these countries in Southeast Asia. For each country involved, the annual S-Express projects have different meanings, and is furthermore an important part of the history of the short films development in Southeast Asia.
S-Express is the most important movement for the production of short films in Southeast Asia, with an astounding network to be noted.