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Newsletter 2017/10

Newsletter 2017/10

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KLEFF Newsletter


Message from Festival Director


Hello family and friends!


The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. Welcome October, the most exciting month of the year (for the past 10 years).

This is going to be our final call to everyone to take this opportunity to get involve in our momentous tenth year of the KLEFF. We are all set with all of the confirmed activities and doing our best to spread it to as many people as possible. There is definitely something for everyone; young and adult, beginner and expert, learn and participate, fun and serious, but most importantly it is to strengthen our beliefs and our will to start making positive actions in our daily lives.

The Earth have seen tremendous and drastic changes over the past 200 years and so much has been exploited in the name of progress. The information and knowledge that we are presenting to you will hopefully give you additional idea on what is currently happening around the globe. On the other hand, our collaborations with the partners, artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, communities and other important stakeholders on this platform is a testament of unity and optimism that we shall hold strongly to.

I urge everyone who reads this and those who you believe will benefit from KLEFF, please come and get involve. Support this small effort that we are doing for our community, for our children and for the country. Sign up to one or more of the activities, get to know the other like-minded people and let’s all try our best to make this year’s KLEFF2017 the most memorable and life-changing experience.

See you at KLEFF2017 soon!

Yours Fabulously,
Fadly Bakhtiar

KLEFF 2017 Media Launch and Premier Screening of Big Pygmies Little Giants

KLEFF 2017 Media Launch and Premier Screening of Big Pygmies Little Giants

On 4th October, the 10th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival was officially launched at MBO Cinema, Starling Mall followed by a premier screening of the film ‘Big Pygmies Little Giants’.

The media launch was attended by 85 people consisting of Guest of Honor Dr Wong Siew Te from Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), KLEFF partners, media and the public. The media launch was held to not only officiate the festival but to also spread word through the invited media regarding the festival.

KLEFF 2017 Media Launch and Premier Screening of Big Pygmies Little Giants

The film ‘Big Pygmies Little Giants’ directed by Howard Jackson and narrated by Dr Audrey tells the audience of the hard work of Dr Wong and his team in sun bear conservation. This film will be screened on 28th October at 3.10pm (Session 2). If you are interested to watch this film, waste no time and book your screening passes.

Click here to view the full press release of the media launch and premier screening of Big Pygmies Little Giants.

Traxx FM Interview with Yasmin Rasyid, Claire Sancelot and Mariani Bam Ramli

Traxx FM Interview with Yasmin Rasyid, Claire Sancelot and Mariani Bam Ramli

In conjunction to the 10th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival happening from 23rd till 29th October 2017, EcoKnights President Yasmin Rasyid, Claire Sancelot of The Hive and Mariani Bam Ramli of Gibbon Protection Society Malaysia were interviewed on to talk about the Women’s Leadership in Sustainability forum. Yasmin will be moderating the forum whereas both Claire and Mariani will be part of the 5-speaker panel.

Check out the interview here to have a sneak peak of what to expect from the forum.

NX Digital Interview with Nabila Shohimi, Ashaari Rahmat and Redza Shahid

NX Digital Interview with Nabila Shohimi, Ashaari Rahmat and Redza Shahid

In conjunction with the upcoming 10th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival, a series of forums on sustainability and leadership will be organized for the general public. One of the forums is called “Food for Future: What Will We be Eating?” featuring prominent sustainability leaders and advocates. The KLEFF forums are to discuss environment-related issues in Malaysia as well as encourage the public to start practice the environmental-friendly lifestyle.

Nabila Shohimi, KLEFF Festival Manager, Ashaari Rahmat, General Manager of Poptani Asia (Moderator for the “Food for Future: What Will We be Eating?” Forum) and Redza Shahid, co-founder of GrubCycle (Forum Speaker for “Food for Future: What Will We be Eating?” Forum) were interviewed by NX Digital to provide the audience and listeners a sneak peek on what to expect at the forum and KLEFF.

Listen to the full interview here as they discussed the issue of sustainable food production and consumption in Malaysia as well as the importance of being involved in an eco-action based festival such as KLEFF. Registration for seats for this forum is currently open to all Malaysians and you can sign up here. For more information about KLEFF, visit

The Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival 2017 Committee Organized KLEFF Volunteer Briefing at Publika

The Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival 2017 Committee Organized KLEFF Volunteer Briefing at Publika

The KLEFF committee held an engaging briefing for the KLEFF 2017 volunteers at the White Box, Publika. About 60 volunteers had attended the briefing and got an up close and personal meeting with the team.

KLEFF has been a volunteer-run festival and this year, it received over 600 volunteer applications. Out of the 600 applications, 201 were shortlisted to be part of the KLEFF crew. The volunteers were divided into groups and assigned different areas and job scope to assist the committee during the Festival.

Click here to read more.

KLEFF Announces Line Up of Curators for Film Screening

Every year at KLEFF, we invite film makers, environmentalist, academia and passionate influencers to curate sessions of film screenings to set the mood. It's great to be watching and understanding the environmental issues and it's better when you get a chance to interact with the people that are behind the movement. Make a date with us and you'll see and experience why KLEFF is not your ordinary film festival.

Curators for Film Screening 1 Curators for Film Screening 2 Curators for Film Screening 3

Sign Up for A KLEFF Activity and Stand A Chance To Win A Compost Bin

Sign Up for A KLEFF Activity and Stand A Chance To Win A Compost Bin

In conjunction with KLEFF’s 10th Anniversary, we are giving away an EcoKnights’ compost bin worth RM80 to 10 lucky winners.

To win the compost bin, all you have to do is follow two simple steps:

  1. Go to KLEFF’s official website at
  2. Sign up for any KLEFF’s activities

(e.g. buy 1 film screening pass/register for Youth Leadership 's forum/register for Jon Jandai’s talk)

It’s so easy! You can find the links as below:
Film Screening Passes:
Forum Registration:
Workshops and Talks Registration:

The contest runs from 2nd – 22nd October 2017. The list of winners will be announced on 25th October 2017.

Last Call for Registration for KLEFF 2017 Sustainability Forum Series, Workshops and Screening Passes!!

Last Call for Registration for KLEFF 2017 Sustainability Forum Series, Workshops and Screening Passes!!

We are a week away from the 10th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival and if you haven’t checked out the festival, head over to the KLEFF website to view the exciting and educational programs during the festival.

If you are keen on sustainability in different kinds of fields, register for the Sustainability Forum Series in which you will be empowered by leaders and advocates of sustainability. The forum series include:

  • Women’s Leadership in Sustainability (24th October 2017)
  • Youth Leadership in SDGs (25th October 2017)
  • Food For Future (26th October 2017)

Looking for fun and informational activities that involves hands-on during the weekend? We have a list of talks and workshops that you can look forward to such as Culturing Effective Microbes, Backyard Composting, Sape Class for Beginners, Macro Photography and Pop Up Farms in The City, to name a few. You can register yourself here!

Film screening is one of the main highlights of KLEFF and the committee has extended from 3 days of screening to 7 days, screening 86 local and international environmental, cultural and indigenous films. You wouldn’t want to miss them as most of the films are new and are only screened in film festivals. The screening schedule is out and you can get your screening passes here.

Up-close Interview: Alena Murang

Up-close Interview: Alena Murang

She is one of Malaysia’s empowering artists who has been advocating for Sarawakian culture through her work of art and music. Part-Kelabit Alena Murang who grew up in Borneo is KLEF’s first official ambassador, in which her artwork will be featured in the Wajah Bumi Art Exhibition from 24th – 29th October at White Box, Publika. She will be inviting the KL Sape’ Collective to KLEFF to conduct a sape’ class for beginner on 29th October, 5pm – 7pm. The public can register for the workshop here.

Find out more about her journey and mission in our close-up interview with the Bornean beauty here.


Thank you!!


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


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

For further information, kindly contact:
Fadly Bakhtiar, Festival Director,, +6017 227 9270.

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