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Press Release: KLEFF 2019 Announces General Film Award Finalists

Press Release: KLEFF 2019 Announces General Film Award Finalists

August 15th 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – The 12th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival 2019 (KLEFF 2019) have announced that 236 films were submitted from 48 countries with 86 films selected to be screened in the festival. Out of the submitted films, 25 films made it to be the finalists of the 5 main film categories of KLEFF 2019 based on the them ‘Climate Action…Now!’.

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 2019:

  1. Best Feature Film / Full-Length Documentary Award (In Alphabetical order)
Film TitleFilm MakerCountry
#PowerplantRobert van TellingenNetherlands
67 49 32 NorthEce Soydam, Mathieu DumondTurkey
Beyond ClimateIan MauroCanada
Coral WomanPriya ThuvasseryIndia
Engineering with Nature – An Ode to Water, Wood and StoneShelly SolomonUnited States
Messages From The End of The WorldMatteo BornSwitzerland
TCCON PhilippinesMalcolm A. VelazcoPhilippines
What To Do About Climate Disruption?Eric SimonUnited States


  1. Best Short Documentary / Tv Documentary Award (In Alphabetical order)
Film TitleFilm MakerCountry
Education on The Boat – A New Hope For TomorrowKM Taj-Biul HasanBangladesh
In The Dire Straits of Ujung BetingDony P. HerwantoIndonesia
Sustainable Visionaries: The EcovillageJorge Sanchez AriasCosta Rica
Tayo TayoPatrick ChadwickUnited Kingdom
The Sea and The LandInes ReinischGermany
Ze Wants To Know WhyDiogo CardosoPortugal



  1. Best Short Film Award (In Alphabetical order)
Film TitleFilm MakerCountry
Bedtime Stories for The Brave Ipek SertözGermany
LegacyBarry MitchellAustralia
SleeplessSean LinMalaysia


  1. Best Animation Award (In Alphabetical order)
Film TitleFilm MakerCountry
Barely AliveChan Ming ChunHong Kong
Everybody’s Got To Learn SometimeStuart TaylorUnited Kingdom
Mni Wiconi: Water is LifeMiguel Antonio Genz, Jeremias GalanteUnited States
Or Else Everybody DiesDavid Nast ColeUnited Kingdom
The Wooden Dancer: Climate Action…NowMohammed EbrahimYemen



  1. Best Public Service Announcement Award (In Alphabetical order)
Film TitleFilm MakerCountry
Carbon: Building Blocks of LifeSCM AsiaMalaysia
MoyangFarhan UmedalyCanada
Tunggu SekejapWomen Association for Development & Innovation (WADI)Malaysia
Ekzos RayaSyaqeer HarisMalaysia


The 12th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival committee would like to congratulate the finalists of each categories of KLEFF 2019!!


Other than the main film categories, KLEFF 2019 will be announcing the finalist for the special awards – Special Jury Award, ASEAN Young Film Maker’s Award and MNS MyForest Award on 21st August 2019.


This year’s 12th KLEFF jury committee and judges are Fadly Bakhtiar, Festival Director of KLEFF 2019 (Head Juror); Dr. Chen Pelf Nyok, turtle researcher, conservationist and co-founder of Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia (TCS); Elina Jani, Head of Division of Strategic Communications, Malaysian Green Technology Corporation and Mr Nabil Ifwat @ Kyopropaganda, Malaysian Youtuber and online content creator.


The general film award winners will be announced at the official KLEFF 2019 website on 26th August 2019 at 6:00PM (GMT+8). Whereas special award winners as well as the Special Merit Award winners (for Malaysian filmmakers) will be announced on 28th August 2019 6:00PM (GMT+8).

The KLEFF 2019 Award Ceremony will be held on the 10th October at IGEM 2019 in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. This year, KLEFF 2019 will be held at 2 different venues:

  1. Publika Shopping Gallery, Solaris Dutamas Kuala Lumpur from 7th – 13th October 2019
  2. IGEM at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 9th – 11th October 2019

In conjunction with the festival’s 12th Anniversary, the KLEFF committee will be choosing a number of films as the Official Selection films which will be announced soon in the website. Film makers of the Official Selection films will be notified via email.

For more information about the Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival or its organizer, EcoKnights, please contact


About the Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF)

The KLEFF is run and organized by local environmental NGO, EcoKnights. Now in its 12th 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 KLEFF 2019 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


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 12th 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

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