Message from Programme Director
Hello family and friends!
TThe month of August is almost over and I admit that we had to publish this month’s newsletter slightly later than our usual date as we have many things to share with you, whom I can tell, are anticipating the updates from us.
One of the most intensive parts of KLEFF is the film evaluation and selection. Imagine going through over 200 films in less than three weeks and deliberating which films will be selected for screening this year! 84 films have been selected to be screened at the week-long festival and I can assure you that you may want to consider watching every film!
On top of that, the esteemed juries have also selected the finalists for each category of the competition. Moreover, to commemorate the 10th Anniversary this year, KLEFF have selected 10 (yes, TEN!) films as the Official Selections. This year's films have been selected based on its strong messages that highlight current issues and (potential) solutions, thus we believe it will benefit our audience.
I would like to also extend our gratitude to our latest partners for KLEFF this year, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and The Body Shop Malaysia for getting on board to celebrate this important movement. We strongly believe that the presence and support from corporations, NGOs, communities and the public will only continue to increase the exposure of our cause and impel action for a better future.
Stay tuned! We have two months to the Festival! We have plenty more things to announce in September and October!
Thank you and see you in a month’s time!
KLEFF 2017 Announces Selected Films, Official Selections, Top 5 Finalists and Screening Schedule.
After 6 months of film competition and 1 month of judging process, the KLEFF 2017 committee has announced the results of the film submission as well as the screening schedule.
Out of 249 submissions we received globally, the KLEFF 2017 panel jury has selected 84 films to be screened throughout the seven-day film festival. The films focus on various themes such as wildlife conservation, climate change, water issue, waste and indigenous community, to name a few.
We are also excited to announce the Top 5 finalists and our 10 Official Selections. Among our Official Selections are 2 wildlife documentaries addressing the Sun Bear and Sumatran Rhino conservation in Malaysia.
We are Two months away from the festival and we are pumped up for the film screening. We hope that you are looking forward to the film screening in October. Time to mark your calendars here!
Registration for film screening tickets will start on 1st September 2017.
KLEFF 2017 Announces Two New Partners!
Great news! The 10th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) 2017 committee is proud to announce that we will be collaborating with 2 new partners – Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and The Body Shop Malaysia.
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)
In collaboration with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), we will be organizing the Youth Leadership in Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Forum on 25th October (1pm – 6pm) at Black Box, Publika. The panel speakers consist of young influencers like Gayathri Velayutham of RSPO and Elaine Yeoh of Mars Food Malaysia.
We would like to thank RSPO for sponsoring the Youth Leadership in Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Forum.
The Body Shop Malaysia
Yes, you heard it right! KLEFF 2017 will be collaborating with The Body Shop Malaysia for the Women’s Leadership in Sustainability Forum that will be held on 24th October (1pm – 6pm) at the Black Box, Publika; featuring women leaders in their respective fields. We are honored to have Datin Mina Cheah of The Body Shop Malaysia as one of the panel speakers.
We would like to express our gratitude to The Body Shop Malaysia for sponsoring the Women’s Leadership in Sustainability forum.
KLEFF 2017 Sustainability Forum Series
In conjunction with KLEFF’s 10th Anniversary, the festival committee will be launching a series of forums focusing on sustainability:
1. Women’s Leadership in Sustainability – 24th October 2017
2. Youth Leadership in Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) – 25th October 2017
3. Food For Future – 26th October 2017
The forums’ panel of speakers consist of leaders and advocates for sustainability in their respective fields such as KLEFF 2017 Ambassador Alena Murang from Art4, Claire Sancelot of The Hive Bulk Foods, Rashvin Pal Singh from Biji-Biji Initiative and Davina Goh of Davina Da Vegan.
Click here to learn more and register for the forums. Registration starts on 23rd August 2017.
Upclose Interview: Claire Sancelot (The Hive Bulk Foods)
Claire Sancelot is one of the truly dedicated advocates in the zero waste lifestyle and is now educating the public on zero waste. Claire and her family, who shifted from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur is determined to lessen their waste to one bag a month.
The founder of The Hive Bulk Foods will be a part of KLEFF 2017 as a speaker in the Women’s Leadership Sustainability forum. Check out KLEFF’s interview with Claire Sancelot here.
KLEFF is calling for Volunteers!
Are you an environmental enthusiast and wish to learn more to support inspiring sustainable living? Be a volunteer for Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival 2017 (KLEFF)!
We welcome everyone from different backgrounds and professions to volunteer! If you are a person who enjoys communicating with people, working in a team, up for challenges, willing to learn, and most importantly wanting to contribute something positive, do apply to volunteer with us!
For more information about being a KLEFF Volunteer, visit us and register at http://kleff.my/call-for-volunteers/!
Hope to receive your application soon!
We welcome everyone from different backgrounds and professions to volunteer! If you enjoy communicating with people, working in a team, are willing to learn, and most importantly wanting to contribute something positive, feel free to apply and join us!
ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL KUALA LUMPUR ECO FILM FESTIVAL
Now in its 10th year, the Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival, produced by environmental NGO, EcoKnights features environment-themed documentary, feature, animated, archival, and 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.
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