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10th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival Award Winners Announced at Ceremony

10th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival Award Winners Announced at Ceremony

The winners of the home-grown International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival 2017 were announced today at an award ceremony in Publika, Solaris Dutamas. The KLEFF Award Ceremony was to celebrate films and videos that have displayed excellence in their scripts, sound cinematography and environmental messages.

The talented film-makers were selected by juries of industry experts after KLEFF has open call for applications and nominations. This year KLEFF has seven main awards (Young Film Maker Award, Public Service Announcement Award, Feature Film Award, Jury Award, Short Documentary Award, Short Film Award and Animation Award) as well as a Special Merit Award given to ten local film-makers. To make it more meaningful for the winners, all the awards are awarded under the KL Mayor Award to recognize their achievement in addressing environmental concerns through a locally-organized film festival in Kuala Lumpur.

Fadly Bakhtiar (KLEFF Festival Director) and Yasmin Rasyid (KLEFF Founder and Honorary Advisor) at the Award Ceremony.

“I am pleased that the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur is supporting this initiative which has brought closer local and international film-makers to address global environmental issues. In addition, the ceremony is to recognize how important environmental content is to the sustainable development of cities such as Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia as a nation,” said Fadly Bakhtiar, KLEFF Festival Director.

Rick Grehan, film-maker of the feature film ‘Zan’, received his Jury Award from Yasmin Rasyid, KLEFF Founder and Honorary Advisor.

“There are only 4 dugongs left in Okinawa. ‘Zan’ is an important film to be shown outside of Japan. KLEFF has given us an opportunity and support as the message gets to be shared to the people of the world. For 20 years, the people of Henoko have been protesting to stop the American military marine base construction. In the last month, the Japanese government started the development to destroy the beach. The Japanese people have become aware and pressurized the government to stop this construction to save the last dugong,” said Rick Grehan, winner of the Special Jury Award.

Fadly Bakhtiar, KLEFF Festival Director (below, fourth from the left) and Yasmin Rasyid, KLEFF Founder and Honorary Advisor (below, second from the right) took a group photo with the winners after the Award Ceremony.

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See below for a full list of winners:

KL Mayor Award Winners
Young Film Maker Award

More Than a Tree by Khin Myanmar

Public Service Announcement Award

Identity by Ivan Jaripio

Feature Film Award

Empathy by Ed Antoja

Jury Award

ZAN by Rick Grehan

Short Documentary Award

An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch by

Short Film Award

Save Me! by Mohsen Nabavi

Animation Award

Karma by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou

Special Merit Award

1) Lessons From Disasters by Nor Haffizah binti Razak
2) The Art of Nature: A documentary of Orang Asli’s archaic crafts by Nurhakim Sulaiman
3) The Master Weaver by Eugene Chin
4) For Her by Y. M. Raja Ahmad
5) Save Her. Save Us. Save Me. by Muhajir Anuar
6) Types of Pollution in Real Life by Ling Bick Hang
7) Tomorrow’s Tale by Thinesh Muniandy and Issac Abdul
8) The Elephant in Our Room by Elroi Yee
9) Change Is Now by Wong Jin Xian and Natalie Tan
10) Today’s Special by Medina Berkenova

The International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) is Malaysia’s first, biggest, and longest-running environmental film festival conceptualized and organized by not-for-profit environmental organization, EcoKnights. KLEFF is a platform to facilitate building a nation of ecologically conscious businesses, communities, and individuals through on-ground activities and film screenings. The focus of KLEFF is on critical environmental issues and stories such as pollution, transboundary haze, indigenous people’s rights, wildlife protection, nuclear energy, climate change, sustainable food production, waste management, local environmental heroes and more.

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