[Press Release] The 9th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival Announces This Year’s Festival Line Up
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- August 24th 2016
August 24th 2016, Kuala Lumpur — Environmental activists are rethinking how we inhabit our planet — and you can too at the 9th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF). This year’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and compelling storytelling. KLEFF is now the largest film festival of its kind in Malaysia and is often the only place you will be able to see these inspiring films.
KLEFF celebrates the power of film to inspire, educate, and motivate audiences. The festival presents thought-provoking films and dialogue that raises awareness of a wide-ranging collection of interconnected ecological, social and economic themes.
This year, a total of 334 films were submitted from local and international filmmakers. Out of this, the jury committee accepted 140 films that are now in the running for the film competition in eight categories: Best Public Service Announcement (PSA), Best Young FilmMaker, Best Animation, Best Short Film, Best Short Documentary, Best Feature Film and Special Jury Award. The eight award, presented by JKR-UNDP is a special award presented to any films with a strong message on energy efficiency in buildings.
Only 85 films will be screened over the three day Festival weekend and a total of nine official selections have been selected, offering the Malaysian audience various choices in terms of environmental stories. Among the films selected as official selections are “No Haze without Fire” – a film produced by Indonesian NGO, Sawit Watch which tells the story of the annual haze that occurs in Indonesia and how it impacts the ASEAN region and questions the future of sustainable palm oil farming, “The Disappearing Hills” – a film about the massive highland destruction in Cameron Highlands that has caused an unprecedented ecological collapse of the Central Forest Spine of Malaysia, “Ulin” – a film about the threat of logging and plantation companies on the ancient lowland forests of Borneo.
“The Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival aims to accelerate the uptake of sustainable living and seeks solutions to global warming that will return the planet to a safe climate as fast as humanly possible. The Festival raises awareness and provides tools for change by showcasing leading solutions to the ecological and social challenges we face in the Green Market, and also inform and empower the festival goers with powerful award-winning films from all around the world,” said KLEFF Festival Director, Fadly Bakhtiar.
Attracting over 6,000 visits annually the Festival engages with close to hundreds of organisations and individuals to stage Malaysia’s largest environmental film festival.
“Apart from the free film screenings, one of the highlight of the Festival is the Green Market”, added Fadly.
The Green Market is the consumer lifestyle section of KLEFF created to introduce the public to new environmentally-friendly products and services that mix style and quality with sustainability. It is a solutions-based, family-oriented event that educates and entertains visitors about the benefits of green living and debuts cutting edge products that leave a softer footprint.
The Green Market attracts a diverse range of companies who focus on social and ecological sustainability, and features the latest eco-trends in fashion, technology, transportation, food, home, health and beauty. The Green Market will also feature workshops and presentations by eco-experts in everything from urban farming solutions to simple food waste management systems, as well as celebrity environmentalists and a special pavilion on MyHijau certified green products by Green Tech Malaysia, a government-linked company promoting green products and services through its green certification scheme.
The Festival’s weekend program engages individuals and communities across the Klang Valley to host and promote sustainability. Celebrating the very best examples of ecological and social sustainability the Festival embraces interactive workshops, talks, demonstrations, artworks, exhibits, films and live performances.
Some of the highlights of this year’s Festival are as follows:
Awards Ceremony, 14th October (Black Box)
Be the first to learn which films won awards and join the opening night Celebration! A short awards ceremony takes place Friday, October 14, 2016 during Opening Night in the Black Box (Approximately 7:00pm). Awards will be presented to the filmmakers with stories that are inspiring and that move the audience. Apart from the awards ceremony, this event will be filled with performances and will also kick start the Friday night screenings of KLEFF.
Local Filmmaker’s Spotlight, 14th October (Black Box)
Opening Night is always all about our local filmmakers. Right after the opening night, the Festival kicks off with the top Malaysian filmmaker’s films and host curated discussions with the audience.
Green Market, 15th to 16th October (Boulevard, Publika)
This year’s Green Market will feature 50 green exhibitors or entrepreneurs and non profit environmental organizations. Various booths of local entrepreneurs from organic skincare, household products, interior garden decorations, handmade accessories and clothings, organic food as well as various food and beverages will be available such as True Loving Company (TLC), Claire Organics, Kinder Soaps,Husklife, Urban Ambrosia and many more. Well-established names such as UBER, Natural Health, Reneon Tech, WWF,IM4U,UNICEF,MENGO and many more. There are a lot of activities that will be conducted during Green Market not only to engage the consumers with the environment but also among themselves. The Green Market serves as a big initiative to promote sustainability through green purchases and support the local products and brands.
Jom Beli Produk Hijau, 14th to 16th October (Publika)
A collaboration with Green Tech Malaysia, the Jom Beli Produk Hijau pavilion will feature certified green products and services under the MyHijau green product certification scheme. The pavilion will showcase latest green technology-based products and services and showcases the government’s efforts in promoting the adoption of green technology among the general population. The launching ceremony will be officiated by YB Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili, Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia. There will be various activities conducted under the event such as ‘Green Vibes’ talk by Syed Azmi, colouring competition with giveaway prizes as well as a chance for a free ride in a Tesla and other green prizes. Log on to the Facebook and search for MyHIJAU Movement for more details and updates.
Nature Art Exhibition, 14th-16th October (White Box)
The Colours of Life art exhibition will feature French photographer, Christian Senat’s macro nature photography and Florent Mamelle’s volcanoes in conjunction with the Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival throughout the weekend. Senat’s works presents the natural surroundings in a palette of hues that highlight the beauty and details we rarely take time to see while Mamelle presents the wild beauty and vibrant colours of the volcanoes in his photography.
Join us for the opening reception on 14th October and rub elbows with the festival’s special guests and meet other film enthusiasts at the while enjoying your evening drinks. A keynote address will be delivered by Senat at the launch of the Nature Art exhibition.
Workshops and Performances, 14th to 16th October
We have a list of exciting workshops and performances awaiting for you at KLEFF. Performers ranging from local musicians, dance crews, traditional instrumentalists to magicians will be entertaining you with their talents at The Square.
Over ten workshops will be happening over the Festival weekend covering a wide variety of themes from energy conservation by CETDEM to making seed bombs, a form of guerrilla farming to documentary filmmaking by Lara Ariffin and Harun Rahman of Novista. In addition the photographers featured in the Colours of Life exhibition will be conducting short workshops. There are workshops catered to all age groups and for different interests. The full list of workshops can be found at our website: http://kleff.my/
School and University Program, 15th to 16th October
Local students are invited to attend the KLEFF where our volunteers will specially curate the entire festival for them and bring them around the Festival ground to enjoy some of the activities lined up.
ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL KUALA LUMPUR ECO FILM FESTIVAL
Now in its 9th year, the Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival, is a not-for-profit and all volunteer-run festival supported by environmental NGO, EcoKnights features environment-themed documentary, feature, animated, archival, experimental and children’s films from around the world. KLEFF showcases ground breaking films, 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. The films will be shown at various venues around Kuala Lumpur, including art spaces, cafes, universities, high schools, corporate officers and community theatres. Filmmakers and special guests will discuss their work at the festival. Most screenings are free to the public and include discussion with filmmakers or scientists on emerging environmental concerns and issues.
The Festival’s signature programs include the Green Market, Film Making Workshops, the KLEFF Awards Night, Green Vibes and more. The Festival hosts a number of juried cash awards, as well as audience awards.
The KLEFF’s official host venue is Publika Solaris. More information can be found at www.kleff.my.
EcoKnights® is a non-profit environmental organization that champions sustainable living and supports a community of film makers, and environmentalist who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision. EcoKnights’ Board of Committee Members, staff and constituents is comprised of an inclusive community of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race and sexual orientation. EcoKnights serves the community through development-led interventions from education and awareness programs to research; and public participation programs to consultation. EK’s partners range from government agencies and communities to corporate agencies and NGOs. For more information about EcoKnights, log on to www.ecoknights.org.my.
For further information, kindly contact:
Fadly Bakhtiar, Festival Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 017 227 9270.