Salman Aristo is a multi-award winning writer, producer and director, born in Jakarta in 1976. Among his acclaimed works as a screenwriter is Laskar Pelangi (Rainbow Troops, 2008) which holds the record for the highest box office in Indonesian film history. Eleven of his other films, including Catatan Akhir Sekolah (2005), Garuda di Dadaku (2009) and Sang Pemimpi (The Dreamer, 2009), achieved significant success in Indonesia and received wide recognition on the international film festival circuit. Garuda di Dadaku(2009) won the Best Children’s Film at the Indonesia Film Festival and was nominated for Best Screenplay at both the Indonesia and Bandung Film Festival. Aristo has since adapted the screenplay into a novel along with two of his other screenplays Alexandria and Mimpi Sang Garuda. With a career spanning magazine editorships, three novels, more than 30 screenwriting credits across film, television and documentary films and numerous producing, directing and consulting credits, Salman Aristo enjoys sharing his experience and gives regular workshops in scriptwriting and filmmaking. He is crazy about books, music and soccer and would like to be remembered as a good storyteller. For him ‘life is about storytelling. The rest, is just details’.
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