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KLEFF2018 Announces Finalists for 5 Main Film Categories!

KLEFF2018 Announces Finalists for 5 Main Film Categories!

July 30th 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – The 11th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival 2018 (KLEFF 2018) have announced that 179 films were submitted with 98 films selected to be screened in the festival. Out of the 179 submitted films, 40 films made it to be the finalists of the 5 main film categories of KLEFF 2018.

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 2018

  1. Best Feature Film / Full-Length Documentary Award (In Alphabetical order)
Film TitleFilm MakerCountry
A Herd Of OrphansKelly BakosUnited states
Beautiful ThingsGiorgio FerreroItaly
From Seed To SeedKatharina StieffenhoferCanada
Haze, It’s Complicated…Isaac KerlowSingapore
Human EnergyAdam DzienisPoland/United Kingdom
Kingdom Of ManasluFabien LemaireFrance
Life In A Fistful Of RiceTashi Dorje GyambaIndia
OysterKim BeamishAustralia
The Guardian Of KinabaluLlyod Spencer Davis & Wiebke FinklerNew Zealand


  1. Best Short Documentary / Tv Documentary Award (In Alphabetical order)
Film TitleFilm MakerCountry
Against the Tide: A Journey for Climate HopeLuis BarretoJapan
Cascade CrossroadsTed GrudowskiUnited States
Murder on the ReefAllen DobrovolskyAustralia
People of the Forest: Orang RimbaIsaac KerlowSingapore
Religious Views And World Climate ChangesMohd Khairul Bin OmarMalaysia
Save Our SoulsNicholas Chin & Sean LinMalaysia
The Hills and the SeaAndrew Ng Yew HanMalaysia
The Sun on Top of the HouseFarhan UmedalyCanada
Waste DreamsMichael BrimsColombia



  1. Best Short Film Award (In Alphabetical order)
Film TitleFilm MakerCountry
A Chocolate Bar Ashram ShahrivarUnited States
Cranberry LakeZoya BakerUnited States
Invisible BlanketPasha ReshikovUnited States
Nila – A River Of Sere SandsSamvid AnandIndia
PM 2.5Piotr BiedrońPoland
Save MotherMark LeeMalaysia
The Firefox GuardianGunjan MenonIndia
To Wake – BuddhiYakima Camille WanerSouth Africa
YochiIlana LapidUnited States



  1. Best Animation Award (In Alphabetical order)
Film TitleFilm MakerCountry
A ProblemAbeera IkramNot Specified
BeeboxCable HardinUnited States
Blue TomorrowNuman AyazTurkey
LaymunCatherine Prowse & Hannah QuinnUnited Kingdom
Let’s Save BobbyDr. Vilas PadhyeIndia
My Golden Rule by Melissa Gail Klein Music VideoSally SherwoodUnited States
The Drip – A Wettish TaleTim BrittonUnited Kingdom
The Last EyeXavier DucrySwitzerland
Wetlands in my heartLilian Fu Wing YanHong Kong



  1. Best Public Service Announcement Award (In Alphabetical order)
Film TitleFilm MakerCountry
Climate Countdown: Taking it to the Courts Post-itKaia RoseUnited States
Plastic-Free – What Do You Know About Marine Pollution?Stephanie Theresa & SL WongMalaysia
River of Life ExpeditionLinus ChungMalaysia
Save BearsChang Yong CheeMalaysia


The films have been reviewed by a panel of judges and winners will be announced at the official KLEFF 2018 Awards Ceremony, scheduled on 26th October 2018 at 3:00pm at Black Box in Publika Shopping Gallery, Kuala Lumpur. The 11th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival committee would like to congratulate the finalists of each categories of KLEFF 2018!!

This year’s 11th KLEFF jury committee and judges are Azuan Muda (co-founder of TEEBTV), Mano Maniam (local actor of Kopitiam Tv Series, director and environmentalist), Dr Reuben Clements (conservation scientist from Sunway University and Rimba) and Fadly Bakhtiar (KLEFF festival director).


Special Awards and Official Selection films

Other than the main film categories, KLEFF 2018 will be announcing the finalists for the special awards – Special Jury Award, ASEAN Young Film Maker’s Award and River of Life (ROL) Award between 5th until 10th August 2018.

Similar to last year, 10 Malaysian film makers will also be awarded the Special Merit Award to recognize their effort in producing environmental films. The Special Merit Award winners will be announced during KLEFF 2018 Award Ceremony.

In conjunction with the festival’s 11th Anniversary, the KLEFF committee will be choosing 11 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 11th 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 KLEFF2018 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 11th 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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