A Week of Unforgettable Experience at 11th KLEFF 2018!
8th November 2018, Kuala Lumpur – Ushering in its eleventh year, the International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) 2018 kickstarted from 22nd until 28th October 2018 at Publika Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur. With a new direction focusing on the theme ‘Forest, Water and Climate Change’, the film festival screened 101 films consisting of long documentaries, short documentaries, short films, Public Service Announcements (PSA) and animations. These films were selected out of the 182 films submitted from 37 countries including Malaysia.
Other than ‘forest’, ‘water’ and ‘climate change’, a number of films focusing on wildlife conservation, community and waste management were also screened during the festival, creating a variety of films suitable for different audience groups such as kids, families, academics and environment enthusiasts. Curation of films done by the filmmakers themselves as well as experts from NGOs helped to further enhance the audience’s understanding towards the films and related topics during the film screening.
The highlight of KLEFF 2018 was the KLEFF Mayor’s Awards Ceremony, in which KLEFF partners, special guests, media and filmmakers witnessed the award presentation to the winners of the KLEFF film competition. The awards, endorsed by the city mayor and the City Council Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), were Best Feature Film Award, Best Short Documentary Award, Best Short Film Award, Best PSA Award, Best Animation Award, Special Jury Award, ASEAN Young Filmmaker Award and River of Life Awards. Under the collaboration with the Custodian of National Water Assets (PAAB), winning filmmakers of the PAAB Short Film Competition received their awards as well.
Attending the KLEFF Mayor’s Awards Ceremony were special guests YB Isnaraissah Munirah binti Majilis, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Energy Science Technology Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC); Tuan Haji Md Khairi bin Selamat, Director of Department of Irrigation and Drainage (JPS); Encik Khairul Anuar bin Mhd Juri, Director of Culture, Arts, Tourism and Sports Department DBKL; Datuk Seri Dr. Nik Norzrul Thani Nik Hassan Thani, Chairman of PAAB; Encik Abdul Hadi Ali, Acting CEO of PAAB; and Ms Kristine Ng Mee Yoke, General Manager of Corporate Communication & Sustainability IOI Properties. To read the full press release of the award ceremony, click here.
Other than the one-week film screenings, the festival consisted of a few more components such as Green Market, community workshops, Act For SDGs and Green Vibes. The Green Market which was held for 7 days became a focus of attention for over 1000 shoppers looking for eco-friendly products by 36 local businesses, NGOs and initiatives. Among the products found in the bazaar were handmade bodycare products, zero waste alternatives, ethical apparels, biodegradable products and organic food and beverages.
18 community workshops were conducted to create interactive engagement with the festival visitors who not only come from Klang Valley but also other states such as Selangor, Penang and Johor. Targeting different topics from music, art, culture, gardening to zero waste, more than 300 visitors garnered hands-on experience and all kinds of knowledge from the workshops during the weekend of the
This year, a new platform was introduced in the festival – Act For SDGs, aimed to act as a collaborative platform for catalysts from different fields to organize pocket events related to SDGs. Joining Act For SDGs were 6 partners – Society for Conservation Biology Malaysia, The Forest Trust, VoVo Productions, Roots and Shoots Malaysia, Me.Reka Makerspace and Nation Building School MySGI. The Act For SDGs activities included the Wildlife Conservation Forum, Film Screening and Panel Discussion on Palm Oil, Filmmaking Master Classes, Wild HeARTs Exhibition and Me.Reka Workshop Series.
The official report on KLEFF 2018 as well as the event photos will be uploaded in the KLEFF website in December 2018. The KLEFF committee would like to thank its 38 partners, filmmakers, supporters and guests for their continuous support and trust in the South East Asia’s longest-running eco film festival. The KLEFF 2019 components and dates will be announced early next year, in which the latest updates can be viewed on kleff.my or its Facebook page.