Our Story So Far

Asa Film is a production company involved in documentary and fiction films. We make inspiring and captivating programming that speaks to large audiences both locally and internationally.

In documentaries, we provide services to international broadcasters such as BBC, National Geographic, Discovery World, CBC Canada, SBS Australia, and Channel 4 UK. We work with numerous international production houses as fixers, location producers, and researchers. We also produce PSAs and TV programs within Indonesia.

In fiction films, we make short films of any genre. Our first short, SOWAN (The Visit), won best film at the Education Film Festival, Jakarta 2014, and Indonesian Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia 2015. It also received nominations for Festival Film Indonesia and Indonesian Film France Festival 2014.

So, why not sit with us and have a cup of coffee? We can share our stories and, who knows, maybe come up with a brilliant idea... or two!



Why you need a fixer ?  The visa application form requires that you have an Indonesian fixer. During the actual shoot, a good fixer will bring you more than you can wish for. They will take care of everything you need in the field. More than just a translator, a fixer can be a good partner helping to deliver a program that connects everything from A to Z. Bottom line, a fixer makes your life easier. Much easier. 


Film is the most effective way to get your message out to the general public. We keep a lot of stories in our cupboard. If you are a company or an individual with an idea, we can help you turn that idea into reality.


A good film needs a good story and a good story can only be realised through quality research. A great team counts for nothing without good research on the recce/scouting days. Our team is familiar with the remote areas of Indonesia and its people. We can make the right connections and create the bonds that your production team needs to get, the story.


We understand how hard it is when you get back to your country after a month of filming with 1 TB of footage and interviews to be translated and transcribed. Trust our team to do it for you! We speak the languages and we are experienced in interpreting and correlating the story. At the end of the day, a great program is no longer a question.

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our team

Shinta Retnani Founder, Producer/Director

10 years ++ as a fixer, she can't describe the journey she's been through. So rich, diverse, sometimes dangerous - but very challenging, and always excited her. 

She spent 3.5 months in the deep Papuan jungle with the Korowai tribe. One of the places that she will never forget. She's fascinated with Indonesia more and more, especially how this huge archipelago is united by one language Bahasa Indonesia despite all the local languages spoken in each place she went.

She gained something special in almost every project. From binman in Jakarta, transgender in Aceh, fishermen/hunters in Flores, to Bajau people in Wakatobi. They've become good friends and part of the Asa Film family. 

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Bobby Prasetyo Founder, Director, Writer

Bobby Prasetyo began his career with short films that gained recognition at various film festivals in Indonesia and abroad. His notable works include “Menuk” (2013), which received the Special Mention Jury Award at the South to South Film Festival 2013, and “Sowan”. (2014) won Best Short Film at the Indonesian Film Festival and the Indonesian France Film Festival, while “KTP” (2016) was awarded Best Short Film at the Indonesian Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia.

In 2018, Bobby made his feature film debut with “Bunda, Cinta dua Kodi,” earning a nomination for Young Director at the Piala Maya 2019.

He is currently making waves in the Indonesian box office with his films, including “Pamali” (2022) and its sequel “Pamali Dusun Pocong” (2023). These films have attracted millions of viewers in theaters and held the top spot on Netflix Southeast Asia for several weeks.

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Merio Falindra Producer

Merio has interest in film since he was 5 years old with his first film, Robocop. 2008 he met KINOKI, an independent film screening and working on film archiving. After that, he involves in some documentary production as a research and production assistant. Moved to Bali in 2014, was involved in a marine-based NGO, and work a lot in the east of Indonesia as a facilitator for economic and biological research development until 2016.

Asa Film is family.

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Asa Nadia Retnandita Production Manager

Asa is ambitious and talented with an intuition for business well beyond her years. With her calmness, she's the one on the team that can make everyone in line, when we have deadlines and hectic days. 

She's really good to put everything on the budget and is strict to the line. Someone we need, when everybody has to focus on filming. She began to go out on productions and recce, even though she hates to be in the sun! "I began to love to meet new people and get everything done!"

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Vanya Safitri Field Producer

She's been working as a Fixer for years, and she is very passionate about it. It gives her a chance to travel and get in-depth knowledge of our country.

She has worked on various international productions of all kinds. She also has accumulated extensive experience while managing & providing a full range of production support & services; from a documentary series with a small team to reality TV shows with teams of more than 100, from the film set in big cities to the most remote areas in Indonesia.

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Simon Widy Lead Editor

When he first join Asa Film, we asked. Do you want to lead post productions team? He says, who's i'm going to lead? because there's no other editor but him that time.

Nowadays. he leads two young talented editor and also humble enough to help us on the field as 2nd cameraman. And he manage this successfully.

Simon.com, that's how we called him - as he will be ready with anything related to IT problem at the office. 

Once in a while, the editing rooms still alive until 2am in the morning, it means Simon and the gank is on duty with the deadline that we always try to delivered on time. 

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Kelvin Morris Cinematographer

Kelvin joins us in mid-2019, and he already explores some interesting places in Indonesia. In his first 6 months, he went to 3 different Indonesian indigenous people on 3 diff islands! Torajan in Sulawesi, Orang Rimba in Jambi Province in Sumatra, and Lamaleran in Flores. 

He loves documentaries and untold stories, which makes him develop an interest in visual storytelling. Love to be outdoors, young and talented Kelvin always striving to always learn more and more.

He's a certified drone pilot and will continue to expand his capabilities in the world of cameras.

Be careful if you talked an idea around Kelvin, he’ll give you more than what you expected, more brilliant ideas, and then keen to make it happen on the field.

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Athory Malik Film Editor

Beyond mediocrity, living in a small city that is quite far from those related ‘industries’ makes him wonder why he took Film Studies in the first place. However, from years of studies, hustle, and wander brought him to Documentary as his longing answer to be with.

Despite the niche that is commonly near with exclusivity from these current industries. The documentary still got him pumped up to see what actual things happened. It is somehow dragging him to sum it up and want to deliver it as a narrative medium to the people who are also on the same foot.

So yeah, he could stitch the story from the surroundings and deliver it to everyone who also has the same feelings. It's more than just ‘9 to 5 jobs’ for him.

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Satria Parabawa Junior Editor

As a freshly graduated filmmaker, he brings a fresh perspective and innovative ideas to the industry. Satria's passion for storytelling and his commitment to cinematography is evident in his work. He has a deep understanding of the power of film to effect change, and he uses his skills to shine a light on important issues that are often overlooked by mainstream media.

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Noviandra Miraj Social Media Manager

She is loved to conceptualize and manage things in detail. Sensitive enough to see the world from a wider perspective. Interested in activities such as photography, videography, writing, storytelling, and content making. Falling into the world of documentaries made her discover the many stories and points of view that exist in the world and it feels fulfilling.

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Ni Kadek Eva Vera Yani Administrator

Eva is our youngest here. She's been joining us since she was 18. She doesn't like math, yet her work is dealing with calculations and reports. But learning from this, she's become the organized one when it comes to making reports. She will make sure everything is in order, valid, and detailed, quite a perfectionist we can say.

She's also one of our transcribers. Though she stays in the office, she can follow many stories and get much different knowledge by getting into our footage. Eva is everyone's little sister. She's cheerful, lovely, and a little bit mischievous.

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Fransiskus Aritonang Freelance Cameraman

He called Ucok, our reliable freelancer cameraman that can meet our various needs. He can customize every project that we give him, such a multi-talent!

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Bayu Topan Aries Freelance Fixer

He is like to meet new people, to get to know different people both locally and internationally makes him a friendly person. He is also good with kids!

For him, working as a fixer also means you go to cool places, especially the rural areas of Indonesia.

Kayu & Lulu

Kayu and Lulu, it’s like a gift for Asa Film. 

Kayu come to us one morning on the office porch. Frightened, skinny, and innocent. And Lulu is left by the previous owner. Now they become the most important part of our office, even though they love to show off to friends who visit, and eat everything!

They will greet us every morning and cheer us up when we are caught up with intense work (or simply make us more stressed!) - They're part of our family!