Documentary Film Production in Bali

Ref: 10003019


Media Production, Communication Arts, VFX and Broadcast Journalism students, posgraduate students enrolled on  MA Investigative Journalism and International Film Production, and PhD students within CEM are eligible to apply for this opportunity. Students not from these courses, but sitting the relevant modules on other programmes should discuss the visit with the Trip leader in the first instance to determine their suitability.

The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 40 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group. DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


Students from the Leicester Media School are invited to participate in the first ever Bali Microdoc film festival in Jakarta, Indonesia. The exciting opportunity will include a one-day filmmaking workshop in Jakarta, hosted by the London School of Public Relations (LSPR), and a one-day conference on sustainable development goals and the media. Students are not expected to deliver a paper at the conference, though PhD students working in this field are welcome to submit a proposal for the conference as well. The conference will be linked to DMU’s Media Discourse Centre, and there may be an opportunity for academic research to be presented in the International Journal for Media Discourse following the event.

LSPR will organise accommodation for the first (and last) part of this opportunity – and this will be included in the overall price. You will then take an internal flight from Jakarta to the picturesque island of Bali. Bali is an Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. It is steeped in local traditions, culture and history, and it is an ideal destination for filmmakers wanting to investigate these aspects of local life.

You will have a week in Bali in which to investigate Sustainable Development Goals and what these mean to the indigenous islanders/visitor economy. Recent BBC coverage of the island has revealed the sheer volume of pollution blighting this paradisiacal setting – with over ten tons of plastic being removed from the world-famous surfing location Kuta beach every single day! Other themes for your short film might include life in Bali for the islanders – past, present, and future, and their bid to keep local traditions (such as the Kecak monkey dance) alive. Accommodation will be organised via DMU for your stay in Bali – as with internal flights.

At the end of the week you will return to Jakarta to edit and then show your work at the first ever Bali Microdoc film festival, entitled the Bali Microdoc “SDGFest”. There may be prizes awarded for the best short film (of up to five minutes), and the event will be open to both the general public and senior executives from the media.

Cultural activities

For only a few Rupiah you can take a taxi for the day and visit a range of different destinations. Your driver will offer to show you places of local interest such as Silversmiths, Woodcarving centres, textile and printmaking workshops, tea plantations, rice paddies and temples.

You can also take a short trip to the Ubud Monkey Forest – a local sanctuary where you will be joined by over 700 primates. The Ubud Monkey Forest lies within the village of Padangtegal. The village’s residents view the Forest as an important spiritual, economic, educational, and conservation centre.

You can also book to see the world-famous Kecak dance, immortalised by Ron Fricke’s epic documentary, Baraka. Kecak is a form of Balinese dance and music drama that was developed in the 1930s. Since its creation it has been performed primarily by men, with the first women’s group starting in 2006. The dance plays about the Ramayana and is traditionally performed in temples and villages. Also known as the Ramayana Monkey Chant, the piece, performed by at least 150 performers, percussively chanting “chak” and moving their hands and arms, depicts a battle from the Ramayana. Kecak has roots in sanghyang, a trance-inducing exorcism dance.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel, however internal flights between Jakarta and Bali will be booked by the Faculty.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

If you have a British Citizen  you can enter Indonesia for tourism without a visa for up to 30 days. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of your departure from Indonesia.

Students of other nationalities should check the entry requirements on the Indonesian Embassy website.

Further information will be provided to all accepted students who require a visa, regarding the type of visa required and how to apply for it, at the pre-departure session. If you have any specific questions about this please email for advice. If a visa is required, you are responsible for applying for one and ensuring that you do so with sufficient time to receive the visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Saturday 6 April 2019
  • Return date: Sunday 21 April 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel, accommodation: £950
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers (£50), internal flights (£60-100), food and drink, cultural activities (£25) and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 18 February 2019 9am