[Press Release] Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival 2017 Announces Film Submission Results


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – July 31st 2017 – The 10th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival 2017 (KLEFF2017) film competition received and accepted a total of 249 environmental films from 44 countries this year.

Out of all the submissions, a total of 84 films of various lengths and genre has been selected by this year’s KLEFF jury committee.

The films will be screened over a week of this year’s KLEFF from 23-29 October 2017 at the Black Box, Publika.

A film screening schedule will be announce soon and the public are encourage to book their tickets through the official KLEFF website. Latest announcements will be announced on the website and its official Facebook page.

The synthesis of this year’s submission of films can be viewed below based on genre of films and country of origin.

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Film Submissions by Categories

Selected Films by Categories

Submission by Location

Australia- 9 Hungary- 1 Romania- 1
Austria- 1 India- 12 Russia- 1
Belgium- 2 Indonesia- 2 Singapore- 4
Brazil- 3 Islamic Republic of Iran – 7 Slovakia- 2
Bulgaria- 1 Italy- 6 South Afrika-1
Cambodia- 1 Japan- 2 Spain- 3
Canada- 11 Kazakhstan-1 Sweden- 1
Chile- 3 Kosovo- 1 Switzerland- 4
China- 3 Malaysia- 62 Taiwan- 1
Dominican Republic- 2 Mexico- 1 Ukraine- 2
Finland- 2 Myammar-2 United Arab Emirates- 1
France- 12 Netherlands-2 United Kingdom- 13
Germany- 13 Panama- 1 United States- 46
Greece- 1 Philippines- 1 Yemen- 1
Hong Kong- 1 Poland-1 Unspecified – 1


List of Selected Films

*Disclaimer: The jury committee has selected 84 films to be screened this year at the festival. The decision made by the jury committee is final. We truly appreciate your understanding and support on this matter.

Feature Film / Full Length (in alphabetical order)

Total films: 9

Film Title Film Maker Country
A Bridge Between Two Worlds Pascal Gélinas Canada
Big Pygmies, Little Giants Howard Jackson Singapore
Bison Nation-Walking Sacred Sites Elke Duerr United States
Empathy Ed Antoja Spain
King In The Mountain Dave Edwards United States
Longyearbyen, a bipolar city Deiller Manuel France
Soft Water Hard Stone James Lloyd and Flavia Angelico Brazil
The girl and the typhoons Christoph Schwaiger France
ZAN Richard Grehan Japan


Short Documentary (in alphabetical order)

Total films: 33

Film Title Film Maker Country
A Simpler Way Michael Snyder United States
An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch Alison Barrat United States
Burning Issue Luca Bonaccorsi Italy
Cotton Fields from the Ivory Tower Faisal Hossain and Non Fiction Media United States
Crocodile Creek Sai Naw Kham Germany
Giraffes: Africa’s Gentle Giants Tom Mustill United Kingdom
Green Transitions Maria Martiniakova Slovakia
Green: at what price? Nicola Milne United Kingdom
Immondezza Mimmo Calopresti Italy
Keep The Coast On Your Left Andrew Szabo United States
Lake Victoria: An Ecosystem in Turmoil Benj Binks Australia
Lessons From Disaster Nor Haffizah binti Razak Malaysia
My Garden, No Longer Scott Schimmel United States
Operation Sumatran Rhino Chris Annadorai Singapore
Our Forests, Our Future Zyn Myo Sett Myanmar
Poachers to Protectors Stephanie Theresa Malaysia
Reaching Blue: finding hope beneath the surface Ian Hinkle and Andy Robertson Canada
RESURGENCE : Restoring life and hope to a barren land Ankit Sharma India
Root Up Katia Cafe-Febrissy Canada
Sao Miguel, Water Island Carlos Virgili Spain
Solidarity and the Art of Sustainable Lobster Fishing Steve De Nee Canada
Straws Linda Booker United States
Streams of Plastic Gary Bencheghib France
The Art of Nature : A documentary of Orang Asli’s archaic crafts Nurhakim Sulaiman Malaysia
The Complex Thiago Foresti Brazil
The Conservation Conversation Kah Jing Ong Singapore
The Master Weaver Borneo Art Collective Malaysia
The Pale Horse – Coral Apocalypse Hendrik S. Schmitt Germany
The Stolen River Kristina Danka United States
The Thinking Garden Christine Welsh Canada
The Wildtuin Rebecca Panovka Switzerland
Through Asli Eyes Jordan van Praag Curzon United Kingdom
Tubbataha: A National Treasure Don Falsario II Philippines


 Short Film (in alphabetical order)

Total films: 25

Film Title Film Maker Country
Arrested (Again) Dan Goldes United States
Cycles Hansel Ureña Espósito Dominican Republic
CYCOLOGIC Emilia Stålhammar Sweden
Desire Vanessa Cara-Kerr Germany
For Her Y.M. Raja Ahmad Shah Malaysia
It’s Not Over Huang Wei Ying Malaysia
Losing Nature Khai Bahar Malaysia
Mas Afuera: Expedition to Selkirk Island Patricio Mekis and Mateo Barrenengoa Chile
More than a tree Khin Myanmar Germany
Poco a Poco Kyle Buthman and Perry Gershkow United States
Rain in Sahara – Black Water Lain Heringman and Ankan Sunuwar India
Save Her. Save Us. Save Me Muhajir Anuar Malaysia
SAVE ME! (Amidst the Trees) Mohsen Nabavi Collaboration between Iran & Malaysia
Spirit Tiger Kent Truog Cambodia
Swimming in the Desert Alvaro Ron United States
TABLES TURNED Melissa Fredericia Malaysia
The Discarded Annie Costner and Carla Dauden United States
The Elephant In Our Room Elroi Yee Malaysia
The Swan Jonas Karasek Slovakia
The Velvet Abstract James Hughes United Kingdom
Tomorrow’s Tale Thinesh Muniandy & Isaac Abdul Malaysia
Types of Pollution In Real Life Ling Bick Hang Malaysia
Until The Last Drop: Makwekwe’s Journey into the Future of Lake Turkana Katja Becker and Jonathan Happ Germany
Value of Life Natasha Despotovic and Alexandra Tabar Dominican Republic
Water Warriors Michael Premo United States


Animation (in alphabetical order)

Total films: 5

Film Title Film Maker Country
“…ity” (IDENTITY) Marcela Lopez Pazos Chile
Karma Zhaoyu Zhou United States
Now You See It Rebecca Manley United Kingdom
Pet Man Marzieh Abrarpaydar Islamic Republic of Iran
Thunder Head Clearing John Teton United States


Public Service Announcement (PSA) (in alphabetical order)

Total films: 12

Film Title Film Maker Country
Air Pollution Ng Ee Qing Malaysia
Australia’s Gardens of Stone Joel Robinson Australia
Change Is Now Wong Jin Xian Malaysia
Every Drop Counts Jasmine Zaidi Malaysia
Heaven Or Never Ooi Zhang Xun Malaysia
Identity Ivan Jaripio Panama
If Earth Was A Human Aaron Koh Boon Winn Malaysia
Messages From The Ocean Low Jin Theng, Ng Jia Hui & Chow Jing Xuan Malaysia
Save Energy, Save The Earth Joanne Cheong Jia Hui & Chan Shu Qi Malaysia
Still . Leaking William Kok Malaysia
Today’s Special Madina Berkenova Malaysia
Trash Cheng Yee Wai Malaysia

We would like to congratulate the film makers whose films were selected to be screened in KLEFF 2017!! We are grateful for the film makers who supported KLEFF 2017 through your inspiring and educational films. We are grateful to have you participating in this film festival and look forward to more films in next year’s KLEFF.

The films have been reviewed by a panel of judges and winners will be announced at the official KLEFF2017 Awards Ceremony, scheduled on 27th October 2017 at 3:00PM at Black Box in Publika Shopping Gallery, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.

This year’s 10th KLEFF jury committee and judges are Azuan Muda (co-founder of TEEBTV), Dr Nurul Salmi (senior lecturer from Universiti Sains Malaysia), Al Jafree Md Yusof (scriptwriter for Paloh and P.Ramlee The Musical) and Fadly Bakhtiar (KLEFF festival director).

You can check out the panel of judges in KLEFF 2017 here and they will be attending the film festival, so do grab the opportunity to meet them there in October.

For more information about the Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival or its organizer, EcoKnights, please contact info@kleff.my


About the Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF)

The KLEFF is run and organized by local environmental NGO, EcoKnights. Now in its tenth year, the goal of the festival is to provide the Malaysian community with environmental films, workshops, talks, forums, discussions, and eco-vendors in an effort to improve awareness for environmental issues. The KLEFF2017 is supported by a variety of corporate sponsors, NGO’s, vendors, media outlets, and members of the public. Detailed information about the KLEFF, along with a complete list of sponsors and partners, can be found on their website www.kleff.my

About EcoKnights

EcoKnights is a not-for- profit environmental organization with the Malaysian Registrar of Societies. Founded in 2005 by Yasmin Rasyid, the organization focuses on community based environmental education and awareness projects that help Malaysians to understand and deal with environmental issues that affect them. EcoKnights offers a variety of programs for the community including Sentinels of Time photography competition, Knights of Nature Sustainability Camp, Anugerah Hijau youth competition, and the Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF), which is now in its 10th year. EcoKnights also provides community films screenings, organizes environmental talks and workshops, and provides consultation and programming for environmental corporate social responsibility efforts.

For more information about EcoKnights and their programs, visit their website at www.ecoknights.org.my