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Netflix partners with Indonesia's Ministry of Education and Culture to boost local film industry

Netflix is preparing a series of programmes for Indonesian filmmakers.

Netflix Indonesia just announced in a Twitter statement today that it will partner with the country’s Ministry of Education and Culture to support the local film industry.

The California-headquartered streaming company aims to empower local filmmakers through a series of programmes which includes filmmaking workshop with both local and international filmmakers, short film competition, online safety training programme, and Agile Government Workshops along with the World Economic Forum.

“We appreciate Netflix for their support for Indonesian film industry growth,” said Minister of Education and Culture Nadiem Makarim.

“This partnership is meant to support and internationalise our local films,” he added.

Makarim had recently made headlines with his appointment as minister after leaving the position of CEO of ride-hailing unicorn gojek.

gojek itself has also launched its own on-demand video streaming platform GoPlay, which includes original content developed by an in-house production company.

Netflix has already been growing rapidly regionally in different countries, where local filmmakers are releasing local independent movies.

“We believe that there’ll be many great stories coming from Indonesia. Through these initiatives, we aim to contribute in the growth of the creative community,” said Kuek Yu-Chuang, Managing Director, Netflix Asia Pacific.

The company also hopes that these stories can come up with unique themes about Indonesia for the world to enjoy.

Source: https://e27.co/netflix-partners-with-indonesias-ministry-of-education-and-culture-to-boost-local-film-industry-20200109/