The Indonesian film and TV industry contributed over $845 million to the country’s economy in 2010, creating 191,000 jobs and £86.5 million in tax revenue.
The study by Oxford Economics and the Motion Picture Association (MPA), based on 2010, proved the commercial potential of a country that has produced films like Joko Anwar’s Modus Anomali and Gareth Evans’ The Raid over the last year.
Currently only making 80 to 90 films a year, Indonesia has a target audience of more 238 million people – and the biggest Muslim population in the world.
“This report also reveals how the film and television industry stimulates a range of service industries and significant employment in other sectors,” Indonesian producer Mira Lesmana told Screen International.
“Our industry helped generate an indirect GDP contribution of $1.23bn in 2010 and supported a further 158,900 jobs The is a considerable contribution and one worth promoting.”
“It’s not often that we as a local industry find the opportunity to come together and discuss in such a constructive fashion the creative and business aspects of filmmaking,” said Indonesian producer Shanty Harmayn.
The figures are all the more remarkable given the lack of infrastructure in the country. There are no distribution companies in Indonesia, leaving filmmakers to negotiate directly with the country’s 675 cinemas.