Malaysian Homegrown Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) Launches its 10th Year Anniversary together with the World Premiere of “Big Pygmies, Little Giants”.
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Kuala Lumpur, October 4th 2017 – The 10th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) was launched with the world premiere of the documentary ‘Big Pygmies, Little Giants’ (BPLG) on 4th October 2017 at MBO Cinemas, The Starling.
This is a prelude to the 10th International KLEFF taking place on 23rd – 29th October in Publika, Solaris Dutamas. KLEFF is the first festival in Malaysia with a strong environmental message to inspire the public on sustainable living.
To mark the 10th Anniversary, the KLEFF organizers held a world premiere of the wildlife documentary, ‘Big Pygmies, Little Giants’ (BPLG). This is the second time KLEFF is supporting and acknowledging the wildlife conservation work led by award-winning sun bear specialist Dr Wong Siew Te. Directed by Howard Jackson and narrated by Dr Audrey Low, BPLG is the part two of a documentary featuring the struggle of Dr Wong to move the captured sun bears in Sabah into a protected forest and open the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) to the public.
Among the guests of honour present were Dr Wong himself, Howard Jackson, Dr Audrey Low, and KLEFF’s supporting partners – Guardian, VIVE, Teeb TV, Frangipani Resort Langkawi, ERE Consulting Group and Taylor’s University. KLEFF supporting partners were notably introduced and the details of this year’s festival were announced during the press conference.
“10 years is a long time coming. It is a huge milestone for us with so many engaging activities, all crusading for sustainability. I have seen with my own eyes how KLEFF grew from a small festival to what it is now. It is almost historic to be able to have the 10th KLEFF Media Launch in a real cinema, all thanks to MBO Cinemas for giving this opportunity”, said Fadly Bakhtiar, Festival Director of KLEFF.
“Guardian Malaysia is happy to support this terrific initiative to spread understanding and greater appreciation of our precious heritage – the environment; and all the wonderful species that we have been so fortunate to inherit. We would like to add that as a responsible corporation, Guardian has also incorporated sustainable practices throughout our operations to help protect our environment,” said Christina Low, Marketing Director, Guardian Health and Beauty Sdn Bhd.
“The journey to understand and to help save the sun bears in Sabah begun almost 20 years ago. I am so blessed to receive help and supports from so many people in the world to make our project possible. BSBCC is a good example of how biologists, government agencies like Sabah Wildlife Department, generous funding agencies such as Sime Darby Foundation, all work together to improve the unfavourable situation of sun bears some 20 years ago to the current stage. I am even more grateful that our story can be documented by film makers such as Howard Jackson and Dr Audrey Low. This documentary “Big Pygmies Little Giants” is the second documentary produced by Howard and Audrey, after “Big Dreams Little Bears”. I hope these films can educate the public about our endangered little known sun bears and inspire more people across the world to help them. I thank all the people and organizations from the bottom of my heart who have helped our journey to come this far”, said Dr. Wong Siew Te.
The 10th installation of the Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) features a wide selection of activities and programs to encourage the public to embrace sustainable living. The public will get the chance to enjoy educational, informative and hands-on activities such as film screenings, sustainability forums, environment-themed workshops and talks, Green Market and Green Vibes. KLEFF 2017 is a perfect opportunity for visitors and KLEFF supporters to network and have a chat with film-makers, sustainability advocates, forum speakers, artists and people from all walks-of-life.
KLEFF is a community platform crafted to support film makers in sharing their stories on the environment through their films. It is a unique cinema-like class for our festival visitors to view the world from various environmental perspectives. This year, 86 ground-breaking films have been selected to be screened in a span of 7 days during the festival.
A low fee of RM5 will be charged for each film screening session in which KLEFF visitors get to enjoy at least 2 environment-themed films! To benefit both KLEFF and our visitors even more, we are launching the ‘Funds for Us, More FUN for You’ promotion. There will be 2 types of special film passes – Weekend Pass (RM30 for up to 8 screening sessions) and All Week Pass (RM60 for unlimited screening sessions). The payments will proceed to the KLEFF fund to ensure the continuity of the festival.
The public can view the film screening schedule at http://2018.kleff.my/news/kleff-2017-film-screening-schedule/
Meanwhile, screening passes to watch the films can be obtained and purchased at http://2018.kleff.my/screenings-passes/
Additionally, this year we have two new interesting elements which are the Sustainability Forum Series and Wajah Bumi. The Forum Series feature top local and international leaders, influencers and advocates of sustainability. There will be three (3) informative forums discussing topics like sustainable food production, role of youths in the sustainable development goals, and women’s leadership in sustainability. The forums are opened for registration, however the seats are limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration can be done online at http://kleff.my/forum/
Wajah Bumi which is a special nature-themed creative and visual art exhibition will be held from Tuesday to Sunday (24-29th October) at the White Box, Publika. Featuring six local and international visual artists and curated by Yasmin Rasyid, the Honorary Founder and Honorary Advisor of KLEFF, the exhibition aims to showcase the many facets of people and the environment from landscapes to indigenous cultures and music, social and human rights issues and sustainable development.
The public can also join a variety of interactive, fun and informative environment-themed workshops and talks at the festival. KLEFF offers 16 engaging workshops and inspiring talks for both adults and children. From learning about harmful ingredients in beauty products (by Tanamera Tropical Spa Products), to participating in photography workshops, fun children’s DIY and upcycling workshops, KLEFF 2017 has loads to offer. The workshops and talks are opened for registration, however the seats are limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis so registration for seats is highly recommended. The registration can be done online at http://kleff.my/workshops-talks/
This year’s KLEFF’s flagship Green Market will feature over 40 green vendors by local NGOs, social enterprises and green businesses promoting environmental-friendly products, services and sustainability brands. Green Market will fall on the 26-29 October at the Blue Zone and Red Zone, Publika and 28-29 October at The Square, Publika. KLEFF visitors will get the opportunity to walk around Publika and indulge in a sustainable delight of conversations with the vendors, discussing eco-friendly production and consumption while shopping with family and friends.
In addition, this year’s KLEFF brings you Green Vibes! We have top exciting performances from local talented musicians and performers from instrumental solo performances to punk rock indie bands and entertaining magic tricks!
More information about KLEFF (press releases, visuals, festival guide book and maps) can be obtained from the 2017 KLEFF Media Kit: http://bit.ly/KLEFF2017MediaKit
The International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) is Malaysia’s first, biggest, and longest-running environmental film festival conceptualized and organized by not-for-profit environmental organization, EcoKnights. KLEFF is a platform to facilitate building a nation of ecologically conscious businesses, communities, and individuals through on-ground activities and film screenings. The focus of KLEFF is on critical environmental issues and stories such as pollution, transboundary haze, indigenous people’s rights, wildlife protection, nuclear energy, climate change, sustainable food production, waste management, local environmental heroes and more.
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, +6017 227 9270.