Before working in the film industry, Badalu has various jobs in other arts-related institution such as Goethe-Institut Jakarta as the Theater Manager, Cultural Officer at Istituto Italiano di Cultura Jakarta. He got selected in an arts internship for Arts Management at The Performance Space Sydney in 2000 by Yayasan Kelola. He is also the recipient of Ashoka Foundation Fellowship for his work in LGBT activism through arts with the Q! Film Festival that he co-founded in 2002. He was a part-time lecturer in London School of Public Relation Jakarta in 2008-2011. Badalu wears many hats in in the film industry since 2000. He has worked as a Festival Delegate for A-list film festivals such as Berlinale, Shanghai, Tallinn and Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival. He is also an independent producer who has produced award-winning films and premiered in reputable festivals i.e Cannes, Sundance, Berlinale, Locarno, Rotterdam, and Busan. Currently, he works for Busan Film Festival and Sheffield Docs. His latest short film as a producer: BASRI AND SALMA IN A NEVER-ENDING COMEDY is selected at the Cannes Film Festival 2023.
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