Jakarta (dpa) – An Indonesian official was fired for sending unqualified delegates to an international film festival in Germany, a Tourism Ministry official said Tuesday.
The people selected to represent Indonesia at the Berlinale were practically unknown in the industry, according to actors and filmmakers protesting at the weekend outside the ministry, indicating that tickets for the trip had been handed out as favours.
The ministry responded by firing its director for film development, Armien Firmansyah, and cancelling the trip to Berlin altogether, an official said. The Berlinale runs from February 5-15.
Armien was sacked because he solicited funding from outside the government to sponsor the trip and failed to consult relevant parties, said Ahman Sya, the ministry’s director general for creative industries.