THE INAUGURAL DIGITAL FESTIVAL OF THE 13TH KLEFF AMIDST A GLOBAL PANDEMIC

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Media Kit Link: http://bit.ly/Media-Kit-KLEFF2020

16th September, Kuala Lumpur – The show must go on; the 13th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest (KLEFF 2020) set sail towards a digital course as the coronavirus outbreak continues.

The inaugural digital KLEFF festival is set to run week-long from the 19th to 25th of October, with yet another feast of sustainability-driven activities catered for all walks of life. With the theme “Climate (in)Justice: Pick A Side”, the festival received 118 film submissions from 44 countries, with 53 films confirmed to be screened during the festival.

“The decision to create a digital platform this year is motivated by the belief that environmental advocacy to fight climate injustice must go on, and the call for climate action never stops, even amidst a global pandemic,” said KLEFF Festival Director, Fadly Bakhtiar.

“The public confidence and partnering support by stakeholders in the last 12 years have been incredible thus far, hence strengthening our commitment and determination to execute a digital festival,” he continued.

With more list of program line-ups to be announced, KLEFF 2020 is set to showcase the flagship KLEFF film screening and award ceremony, the School of Sustainability (workshops and talks), Act4SDGs (SDG-driven initiatives), Green Vibes (live performances), a Digital Fundraising campaign and more.

“As the committee gears up to organizing yet another enriching eco-themed film festival, we are hopeful and driven to continue the environmental advocacy by any means necessary,” said Fadly.

KLEFF hit its 13 years of milestone with a stronger aspiration to bring climate- and eco-themed films to the national screen. In line with its mission to provide equal access to environmental education and implant the concept of sustainability into Malaysian consciousness – this year, KLEFF introduced a nationwide call for 10,000 public signatures to bring KLEFF films (past, present and future) into the mainstream media (national TV broadcast).

“KLEFF will continue to honour the stories, experiences and movement centered around sustainability and the environment to the highest standard,” echoed Fadly.

Stay tuned for more exciting news and updates regarding the 13th edition of KLEFF in the coming weeks. Visit the official KLEFF website for more information and get involved with the activities by clicking here. For partnership inquiries about KLEFF, contact Fadly Bakhtiar at fadly@ecoknights.org.my or contact Ms. Nabila at nabila@ecoknights.org.my for more inquiries about KLEFF.

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ABOUT THE KUALA LUMPUR ECO FILM FEST (KLEFF)

The International KLEFF is Malaysia’s first and longest-serving platform promoting sustainable living through showcases of environment-themed films, workshops, talks, exhibitions, Impact Market, local performances and other engaging activities. Organized by the non-governmental organization, EcoKnights, KLEFF features groundbreaking films that kindle important dialogues, traversing the relationship between humans and their environments, challenging the way people think about the natural world and inspiring them to discuss, explore and act on important environmental issues.

Further information may be found at kleff.my

ABOUT ECOKNIGHTS

EcoKnights® is a non-governmental environmental organisation that provides and delivers development and environmental interventions to communities, government agencies, learning institutions, and companies to mobilise and catalyse the stakeholders towards sustainable development across trans- and interdisciplinary fields to build bridges towards achieving sustainable communities and companies across five main pillars. 

The pillars are Public Outreach, Community Development & Education (CDE), Rehabilitation, Restoration and Conservation (RRC) as well as Youth Development & Volunteerism (YDV), supported by Sustainability Communications. Each pillar helps to strengthen the legacy of EcoKnights as it empowers the Knights to ideate, create, run and organise meaningful projects to impart long-lasting sustainable and economic impact to the country.


For media enquiries, please contact:
Fara Amina Othman,
Digital Content Officer of EcoKnights,
fara@ecoknights.org.my 

KLEFF 2020 ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR FILM COMPETITION

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Media kit: https://bit.ly/PRkleffnomineefilms

Kuala Lumpur, August 2nd 2020 – The 13th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest 2020 (KLEFF 2020) has announced that 53 films have been selected to be screened virtually in the festival. Out of the submitted films, 18 films made it to be the finalists of the 5 main film categories of KLEFF 2020.

The 5 main film categories are Best Feature Film/Full-Length Documentary, Best Short Documentary/TV Documentary, Best Short Film, Best Public Service Announcements (PSA), as well as Best Animation. Below are the finalists for the 5 main film categories of KLEFF 2020:

  1. Best Feature Film / Full-Length Documentary Award (In Alphabetical order)

Film Title

Film Maker

Country

The Future of Flight

Larissa Klinker

Germany

MT. SUSWA – LIFE IN A VOLCANO

Oliver Goetzl

Germany

Pakistan’s Himalayan Meltdown

Shehzad Hameed Ahmad

Singapore

  1. Best Short Documentary Award (In Alphabetical order)

Film Title

Film Maker

Country

From Kurils With Love

Taylor Reese

United States

Gitxsan: Our Land, Our Culture, Our Laws

Farhan Umedaly

Canada

I Am Vital

Florian Ledoux

France

Stolen Apes – Buanoi

Colin Sytsma

United States

Vaka

Kelly Moneymaker

New Zealand

  1. Best Short Film Award (In Alphabetical order)

Film Title

Film Maker

Country

Because I Could

Niki J. Borger

United States

Ecology Lesson

Ivan Sosnin

Russian Federation

It’s Look Sunshine

Kim Seunghwan

South Korea

  1. Best Animation Award (In Alphabetical order)

Film Title

Film Maker

Country

Gon, The Little Fox

Takeshi Yashiro

Japan

Shape Me

Alex Spoerndli

Switzerland

The Secret Life of Durian Trees

Hana Abdul Aziz

Malaysia

  1. Best Public Service Announcement Award (In Alphabetical order)

Film Title

Film Maker

Country

Meet Ramon

Pilar Aldirico

Argentina

USLP Shower

Bauddhayan Mukherji

India

What happens to rain in the future

Toby Mory

Germany

Why It’s Crucial to Fight Corruption: Transparency International

Toby Mory

Germany

The 13th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest committee would like to congratulate the finalists of each categories of KLEFF 2020!

This year’s 12th KLEFF jury committee and judges are Fadly Bakhtiar, Festival Director of KLEFF 2020 and Programme Director of EcoKnights; Dr. Chen Pelf Nyok, turtle researcher, conservationist and co-founder of Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia (TCS); Elina Jani, Director of Green Innovations at Malaysian Green Technology Corporation; Iedil Dzuhrie Alaudin, Malaysia’s TV/film and stage actor; Kendy Mitot, artist of the indigenous Bidayuh tribe in Sarawak; and Justin Wong, filmmaker and co-founder of SCM Asia.

For more information about the Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest or its organizer, EcoKnights, please contact info@kleff.my or the festival manager, Nabila at nabila@ecoknights.org.my. For KLEFF partnership and collaboration, you may reach our KLEFF Festival Director at fadly@ecoknights.org.my.

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ABOUT THE KUALA LUMPUR ECO FILM FEST (KLEFF)

The International KLEFF is Malaysia’s first and longest-serving platform promoting sustainable living through showcases of environment-themed films, workshops, talks, exhibitions, Impact Market, local performances and other engaging activities. Organized by EcoKnights, KLEFF features groundbreaking films that kindle important dialogues, traversing the relationship between humans and their environments, challenging the way people think about the natural world and inspiring them to discuss, explore and act on important environmental issues. For more information about KLEFF, kindly visit its official page at kleff.my and for more current updates, find us on Facebook at @KualaLumpurEcoFilmFestival and Instagram and Twitter at @kleff_my.

ABOUT ECOKNIGHTS

EcoKnights is an environmental non-governmental organization (NGO) registered with the Registrar of Societies Malaysia. EcoKnights’ core focus areas are in environmental education; smart partnerships; strategic engagement and on-ground efforts as well as capacity building of youths. In these areas, EcoKnights focuses on working with key stakeholders to deliver strategically designed developmental interventions, further contributing to positive social, environmental and economic change. More information about EcoKnights can be obtained from www.ecoknights.org.my. For more current updates on what EcoKnights is up to, find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @EcoKnights. 

For media enquiries, please contact:
Fara Amina Othman,
Digital Content Officer of EcoKnights,
fara@ecoknights.org.my / 011 – 23210492

KLEFF 2020 ANNOUNCES 53 FILMS SELECTED FOR DIGITAL FILM SCREENING

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Media kit: https://bit.ly/PRkleffselectedfilms

Kuala Lumpur, July 20th 2020 – The 13th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest 2020 (KLEFF2020) film competition received a total submission of 119 environmental films from 43 countries this year under the festival’s theme: ‘Climate (In)Justice – Pick A Side’.

From 8th – 11th October 2020, KLEFF 2020 will be screening 53 films via its digital screening platform, KLEFFlix during the virtual Festival Week. The following is the list of selected films that will be screened in KLEFF 2020:

Film Title

Filmmakers/ Film Directors

Country of Origin

VAKA

Kelly Moneymaker

New Zealand

Sh*t Saves the World

Troy Hale

United States

Why It’s Crucial to Fight Corruption: Transparency International – SDG 16

Toby Mory

Germany

What happens to rain in the future

Toby Mory

Germany

The Everglades – A Watery Wilderness

Zoltan Török

Germany

Ecology lesson

Ivan Sosnin

Russian Federation

GOOD JOB

Piotr Biedroń

Poland

Gold of Cajamarca

Alexandre Regol

Colombia

Sustainable Weddings

Grace Tan, Tan Chi Yin

Malaysia

Ez, eskerrik asko! Gladys Window

Bertha Gaztelumendi

Spain

Echilibru, Bear Foot

Jérôme Fatalot, Victor Jullien, Eve Cerubini

France

Pakistan’s Himalayan Meltdown

Shehzad Hameed Ahmad

Singapore

Wildlife- Our Lifeblood

Naresh Glow

India

The Secret Life of Durian Trees

Hana Abdul Aziz

Malaysia

AYEO

Jacob Updyke

United States

Species per aquam – Biodiversity between the Ticino Valley and the Alps

Marco Tessaro

Not Specified

I AM VITAL

Florian Ledoux

France

Cascarita

Jim Barrera

Mexico

H2O

Fathima Shanaz

Sri Lanka

The Return of The Mountain Chicken

Nicolas Eguren Cleffi

United Kingdom

All Eyes on The Amazon

Andrea Marinelli

Netherlands

Wings & Wetlands – A Story Of Migration

Raghunath Belur, Sugandhi Gadadhar

India

Protected by Prawns

Katie Jewett

United States

Mexico City and Its Sacred Salamanders

Katie Garrett

United States

Shape Me

Alex Spoerndli

Switzerland

USLP Shower

Bauddhayan Mukherji

India

Because I could

Niki J. Borger

United States

The Flat

Lev Voloshin

Moldova, Republic of

MT. SUSWA – LIFE IN A VOLCANO

Oliver Goetzl

Germany

No Mad

Alvynn Diagne

France

Disappearing Spots

Hetal Teeku Patel

Kenya

THE RESCUE CENTER

Nikki Dodd

United States

Into the Dark

Michael O. Snyder

United States

Pascoal

Matt Jarvis

United Kingdom

TAIWASTE

Patrik Thomas

Germany

The Future of Flight

Larissa Klinker

Germany

GITXSAN: OUR LAND, OUR CULTURE, OUR LAWS

Farhan Umedaly

Canada

It’s Look Sunshine

Kim Seunghwan

South Korea

Man-Eaters: A Human Leopard Story

Thivanka Perera

Sri Lanka

Puri

Daniel Casado

Chile

The Last Forest

Sapto Agus irawan, Kintan Wida Bastari

Indonesia

Forest is our home

Dony P. Herwanto

Indonesia

Oxygen

Rocky Grispen, Violette Belzer

Belgium

Future Ancestor

Josue Rivas

United States

The Beekeeper

William McGregor

United Kingdom

Tsunami Memories: Faith and Science

Isaac Kerlow

United States

Meet Ramon

Pilar Aldirico

Argentina

Stolen Apes – Buanoi

Colin Sytsma

United States

From Kurils With Love

Taylor Reese

United States

Youth on Strike!

Rob Innes

Australia

MUAK

Jokin Etcheverria

Spain

TABIRA

Aner Etxebarria Moral

Spain

Gon, The Little Fox

Takeshi Yashiro

Japan

The festival committee would like to congratulate the filmmakers whose films were selected to be screened in KLEFF 2020!! We are grateful for the film makers who supported KLEFF 2020 through your inspiring and educational films.

For more information about the Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest or its organizer, EcoKnights, please contact info@kleff.my.  or the festival manager, Nabila at nabila@ecoknights.org.my. For KLEFF partnership and collaboration, you may reach our KLEFF Festival Director at fadly@ecoknights.org.my.

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ABOUT THE KUALA LUMPUR ECO FILM FEST (KLEFF)

The International KLEFF is Malaysia’s first and longest-serving platform promoting sustainable living through showcases of environment-themed films, workshops, talks, exhibitions, Impact Market, local performances and other engaging activities. Organized by EcoKnights, KLEFF features groundbreaking films that kindle important dialogues, traversing the relationship between humans and their environments, challenging the way people think about the natural world and inspiring them to discuss, explore and act on important environmental issues. For more information about KLEFF, kindly visit its official page at kleff.my and for more current updates, find us on Facebook at @KualaLumpurEcoFilmFestival and Instagram and Twitter at @kleff_my.

ABOUT ECOKNIGHTS

EcoKnights is an environmental non-governmental organization (NGO) registered with the Registrar of Societies Malaysia. EcoKnights’ core focus areas are in environmental education; smart partnerships; strategic engagement and on-ground efforts as well as capacity building of youths. In these areas, EcoKnights focuses on working with key stakeholders to deliver strategically designed developmental interventions, further contributing to positive social, environmental and economic change. More information about EcoKnights can be obtained from www.ecoknights.org.my. For more current updates on what EcoKnights is up to, find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @EcoKnights. 

For media enquiries, please contact:
Fara Amina Othman,
Digital Content Officer of EcoKnights,
fara@ecoknights.org.my / 011 – 23210492

About KLEFF

The Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) is Malaysia’s first and longest-serving platform promoting sustainable living through showcases of environmentally-themed films and programs. Since 2008, KLEFF’s mission is to accelerate mainstreaming of sustainable living and stewardship of the environment through the power of audio visual materials and activities.

In the month of October, KLEFF hosts the screening of more than 50 films reaching to an audience of more than 5,000. With the collaboration of partners and sponsors, KLEFF is gradually becoming the nation’s celebrated grassroots cultural and environmental event.

The Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival is a not-for-profit program organized by local environmental NGO, EcoKnights.

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