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Indonesia: Riri Riza of Miles Films

“Riri Riza, the most celebrated figure in the local industry, whose films, whether his involvement was in direction or in producing, have been milestones for their quality.”
- Hera Diani, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

“On a variety of visceral and aesthetic levels, Riza’s tightly-budgeted, fourteen-day, one-camera production elegantly out-maneuvers anything going on in American independent cinema today...As Riri and his generation of filmmakers are some of the most successful and active in Indonesia today, some might call them the closest thing the industry has to an Establishment.”
- Joanne Sharpe, Honours Student, University of New South Wales, Australia

Miles Films, established in 1995, is a fully owned production company currently headed by Mira Lesmana and Riri Riza. They have also initiated the I Sinema film movement with other Indonesian independent filmmakers. Although it started out specialising in documentary and television films production with the provision of a training ground for young talents by producing music videos and television commercials, it has since branched out into digital films and feature film production and managed to garner staying power despite the initial skepticism about its success. Miles Films has even been credited with bringing young Indonesian audiences back to cinemas. Riri directs the bulk of its films, producing and writing them as well. He is a household name in Indonesia and has gained international renown. He graduated from the Jakarta Arts Institute with a major in film directing.

Selected Filmography:
Feature Films
3 Hari Untuk Selamanya (Three Days to Forever) (2007)
GIE (2005)
Eliana, Eliana (2002)
Petualangan Sherina (Sherina’s Adventure) (1999)
Kuldesak (1999)
Short Films
Sonata Kampung Bata (1993)
GIE, Special Jury Prize, Singapore International Film Festival & 51st Asian Pacific Film Festival, 2006 & Winner, Most Promising Project from Hubert Bals Fund, Pusan Promotion Plan, Pusan International Film Festival, 2002
Eliana, Eliana, Best Young Cinema & NETPAC/FIPRESCI Award, Singapore International Film Festival & Special Mention, Dragon & Tigers Award, Vancouver International Film Festival, 2002
Petualangan Sherina (Sherina’s Adventure), Special Jury Award, 45th Asia-Pacific Film Festival, 2000
Kuldesak, Nominee, Best Asian Feature Film, Silver Screen Award, Singapore International Film Festival, 1999
Sonata Kampung Bata, Third Place, Oberhausen Short Film Festival, 1994