Tumpal Tampubolon lives and works in Jakarta, Indonesia. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Math. In 2007, Tumpal was selected to attend the Asian Young Filmmakers Forum, a filmmaker-in-residence program in Jeonju, South Korea, where he made the short film, Drum Lesson. In 2009, Tumpal attended the Berlinale Talent Campus in Berlin and in 2010 he participated in the Asian Film Academy in Busan. In 2014 he won the prestigious Piala Citra at the FFI (Indonesia’s equivalent of the Oscar) for his original screenplay, Tabula Rasa. He is currently in development of his directorial debut, The Sidewalk Dogs, which received a script development support from JiFFest and Hubert Bals Fund.