Many ways can be done by a nation in a country to make its country respected by other countries, one of which was carried out by Aditya Ahmad through his work at an international film festival in Venice, Italy, on August 29 to September 8. A short film titled KADO (a Gift) by young Indonesian director Aditya Ahmad was named Best Short Film at the 2018 Venice International Film Festival for the Orizzonti section. The Kado film is the result of the Miles Film production house held by two producers of the country, Mira Lesmana, and Riri Reza.
Aditya is the only Indonesian filmmaker to compete in the 75th Venice International Film Festival. The work of a young man born in Makassar in 1989 competed with 12 short films from various countries in the competition. In the evening of the award at Palazzo del Cinema di Venezia, Lido, Italy, on Saturday (8/9/2018), Aditya received the Orizzonti award trophy from the French film critic and Director of the Cinematheque Française, Frederic Bonnaud. From the written statement of Miles Films, KADO is a 15-minute short film.
Tells about Isfi who is eager to welcome Nita’s birthday. To be able to prepare a special gift in Nita’s room, Isfi must wear a long skirt and hijab. Isfi is an old friend of Aditya and the main character in another short film, Sepatu Baru (2014). Aditya was inspired to make KADO when he returned to meet Isfi, who is now a teenager. “I can really feel Isfi’s anxiety that always feels different or differentiated in his environment. I want to tell you about teenage struggles like Isfi in finding his identity, “Aditya said in a written statement. KADO was not Aditya’s first international appreciation. His short film, Sepatu Baru which was his final assignment at the Makassar Institute of Arts, won a Special Mention award for Generation Kplus category at the Festival The prestigious Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival) 2014 film. He also won the title of Best Southeast Asian Short Film Director at the 2014 Singapore International Film Festival.
Selection is carried out in parallel with the main competition Leon d’Oro (Golden Lion) at the Venice International Film Festival, which is the oldest film festival in the world and is considered one of the three most prestigious global film awards.
This year, the 75th Venice International Film Festival was held on August 29 to September 8 2018 and was attended by many world-famous international film names, such as Bradley Cooper, Naomi Watts, Lady Gaga, Natalie Portman, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone.