CineAsia to salute Indonesian distributor Cinema 21


Indonesian film distibutor Cinema 21 Group will be honored with the 2014 “Distributor of the Year” Award at CineAsia on Dec. 11 at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. The award will be received by Benny Suherman, founder and chairman; Harris Lasmana, vice chairman; Suryo Suherman, president; and Sacheen Lasmana, VP.

“Cinema 21’s progressive and amazing growth over the past couple of decades has made them the leading distributor and cinema exhibitor in Indonesia,” stated Robert Sunshine, co-managing director of CineAsia.

Cinema 21 Group started as a film distribution company in 1969, and since 1991 has been the distributor for all major Hollywood films in Indonesia. In 1977, the group expanded into the cinema exhibition business, making Cinema 21 the largest cinema chain in Indonesia.

Benny Suherman started his career as a film distributor in 1969 and is responsible for expanding Cinema 21 to include cinema exhibition by establishing three cinemas named Mandala, Plaza and Golden in the capital city of Indonesia. Suherman is recognized as the pioneer of multiplex cinemas in Indonesia while continuing to expand its film distribution business. In 1991, he was appointed the Indonesian distributor for all of the Hollywood majors. He was also honored as CineAsia Exhibitor of the Year in 1996.

Vice chairman Harris Lasmana began his career over four decades ago as a film distributor. In 1985, he formed a partnership with Suherman to establish the extensive distribution network of Cinema 21. Lasmana received the CineAsia Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 for his contributions to the Indonesian cinema industry, as well as the Chevalier d’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government in 2006. He is also a founding member of the Jakarta Film Festival.

Suryo Suherman, president, started his career as cinema operations officer of Cinema 21 in 1994. In 1996, as VP, he was responsible for cinema operations and business development. From 1997 to 2000, he was director of Cinema 21, rising to president in 2000.

VP Sacheen Lasmana began his career in 2004 as manager of acquisitions for Cinema 21 in Indonesia, responsible for film distribution across the country. In 2010 he was appointed to his current position.

CineAsia will take Dec. 9-11 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong. It will feature screenings of upcoming Hollywood films, sponsored events, timely seminars and a trade show.