About the Journal

Licentious: Journal of Indonesian Film Studies (LJIFS) is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal which focuses on the history, theory, criticism, practice and industries of Indonesian film and provides a platform for cutting-edge academic research and debate. It is committed to advancing interdisciplinary approaches to the analysis of Indonesian films and cinematic practices across multiple genres and platforms.

The journal is open to all areas of scholarship in Indonesian film studies. We welcome academic work from multiple critical, cultural, and theoretical perspectives.

The journal seeks original research articles that pursue innovative research directions and methodologies or engage with significant historiographical or interpretive issues of films from mainland Indonesia, and the Indonesian diaspora. The journal also welcomes reviews of books and films of significance to the focus of the journal, as well as interviews with filmmakers and film scholars. It will showcase research both from established scholars and emerging new voices of Indonesian film studies. Authors who have had their articles accepted are encouraged to submit video abstracts. 

Our journal offers:

  • Cutting edge research results in Indonesian film studies
  • Interdisciplinary approach and emphasis
  • Comprehensive outlook on Indonesian films and cinematic practices
  • Latest developments of Indonesian film industries
  • Direct and close contact with Chinese filmmakers and researchers
  • English translations of high-impact research in non-English languages
  • Inclusive and positive scholarly environment
  • Conversations and collaborations between researchers and professionals inside and outside of Indonesia


JCFS publishes articles in the following categories:

  • Articles of original research
  • Editorial
  • Book review
  • Film review
  • Interview


Submission can include, but are not limited to the following fields:

  • Indonesian film history
  • Indonesian film industries
  • Auteurs in Indonesian cinemas
  • Stardom in Indonesian cinemas
  • Film genres of Indonesian cinemas
  • Indonesian cinematic practices
  • Indonesian cinemas, culture, and society
  • Reception of Indonesian cinemas
  • Multilingualism in Indonesian cinemas
  • Gender/class/sexuality in Indonesian cinemas
  • Indonesian films on ethnic minorities
  • Transnational Indonesian cinemas




Articles published in LJIFS do not represent the views held by the editor(s). Authors are responsible for all aspects of their articles (including legal and ethical issues); LJIFS only accepts responsibility for editorial screen design.

If, after a work is published in LJIFS, it is discovered that any author has breached the honesty agreement, their papers will be retracted, legal action will be taken against them, and they will accept full responsibility for whatever ensues.

Jl. Blang Bintang Lama, Desa Lampuuk, Kecamatan Kuta Baro, Kabupaten Aceh Besar, Indonesia
Email: center@journal.institutre.org