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Newsletter Issue 01/2019

Newsletter Issue 01/2019

The International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival
The International
Kuala Lumpur
Eco Film Festival
Issue #01-2019

Message from Festival Director

Fadly BakhtiarHello family and friends!

Greetings from the International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest!

We have been really busy with the plannings and finalising the dates for the twelve-edition of KLEFF and finally we have confirmed that the 12th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival 2019 date has been set from 7-13 October 2019 at two venues, Publika Shopping Gallery (our long-time venue partner) and an additional venue, to be announced in June.

When the KLEFF Team had our initial strategic planning for 2019, we wanted to make sure that more people and communities can benefit from the films throughout the whole year and not just during the festival week. Therefore we have launched (or rather rebranded) the KLEFF Lite. The goal is to work with local partners around Malaysia to showcase selected past year’s films and to reach out to more audience, to facilitate the discussion and conversation surrounding the issues of our planet. So far we have conducted four KLEFF Lite with our partners, as far as Kuching, Sarawak! So if you are interested to be part of this, please contact our team.

Meanwhile, as I’m writing this, our film submission platform on FilmFreeway have registered over 120 film submissions from 35 over countries around the world, and is expected to increase towards the end of June. This is very exciting and definitely going to be another round of tough selections in July.

Lastly, on behalf of the committee we wish everyone Ramadan Kareem, please be conscious about our food intake and the single use plastics that will be irresponsibly thrown and creates more waste, increase pollutions and eventually will lead to global environmental issues. Please everyone, we have the power to rise and take climate action NOW!

Yours Fabulously,
Fadly ‘FABS’ Bakhtiar

CALLING ALL (ASPIRING) FILM DIRECTORS: KLEFF is back and looking for film submissions!

South East Asia’s longest-running environmental film festival is back in full-swing for the 12th consecutive year, and we are hungry for more of your creative filmworks, spreading and educating the public about critical environmental issues!

The 12th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) is an annual film festival organized by EcoKnights since 2008, serving as a platform to facilitate building a nation of ecologically conscious businesses, individuals, and communities through on-ground activities and film screenings focused on critical environmental issues and stories such as pollution, transboundary haze, indigenous peoples’ rights, wildlife protection, nuclear energy, climate change, sustainable food production, waste management, and also local environmental heroes. “Climate Action … NOW!” is this year’s theme for KLEFF and we especially look forward to films focusing on climate change, global warming, and pollution.

KLEFF2019 Poster

List of film submission themes for KLEFF 2019:

1. Climate Action
We also accept sub-categories that links to Climate Action:

  • Water Conservation
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Community Issues
  • Community-based Environmental and Sustainability Effort
  • Agriculture
  • Food Security
  • Environmental Advocacy and Policy

2. River Conservation
We have received a total of 117 films by early April! Submit yours now before it is too late.

The deadlines for film submissions are as follows:

  • 31 May 2019 - Regular submission deadline
  • 30 June 2019 - Late submission deadline

Do visit for more information on film submission.

CALL FOR PARTNERSHIPS - Your Path to Greener Pastures

If you have always wanted to help champion a green cause or even just wanted to support one, but have no clue where and how to begin, look no further. Inspire and encourage the public to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle while opening new doors to local and green businesses. Here is your chance to be a part of South East Asia’s largest green movement!

For more information on moving on to greener pastures, stay tuned to our KLEFF website and social media platforms.

Launch of KLEFF Lite, A New Component Under KLEFF

With the mission of maximising the impact of eco films in spreading environmental issues and solutions, KLEFF Lite, a new component under KLEFF that spearheads raising awareness via satellite screening was launched in March 2019.

A total of three KLEFF Lite screenings have been carried out within its first month of launching, with the theme of Climate Action, Water, River & Wetland, and Effects of Human Development on Small Wildlife Creatures respectively.

The maiden screening of KLEFF Lite was taken place at Kuching, Sarawak, with support and collaboration from Mini Film Festival and CITYPlus FM. The second and third screening in Kuala Lumpur were otherwise supported by Friends of Taman Tugu, and the co-organising team of Friends of Bukit Kiara & MNS - My Forest Project.

These three KLEFF Lite screenings have engaged with more than 130 participants, ranging from families and students, to academics and NGOs. Everyone has more or less gained a better understanding of the mother nature, and how human activities can have an impact on her. Publics who would like to join such meaningful screening may stay tune on the KLEFF social media platforms or email to EcoKnights Public Outreach Officer, Ms. Mok at for a collaborative screening.

The Daily Digest: Warning: Confronting Content [by BFM 89.9]

A segment from the new nature documentary series Our Planet is being accused of “tragedy porn” and fake news, used to manipulate people's emotions about climate change. Were the disturbing scenes featured in the documentary emotional manipulation at its worst? We also speak to Yasmin Rasyid, the Founder and President of EcoKnights to hear her thoughts on this.


Climate Change Content Corner

What is Climate Change? The definition, causes, and effects.

Here is Bill Nye, the Science Guy in collaboration with National Geographic to give us a “Climate Change 101” crash course to sound the horns for this year’s KLEFF.

A majority of the public are still unclear about what climate change is, often misunderstood as global warming, and understandably why. In line with KLEFF’s theme this year, this article paints a realistic picture of one of the biggest crises mankind has to face. And no, this is not a predicted distant future, it’s already here.

Read more about climate change and how it affects us all here:

Global Temperatures at Alarming Highs in 2018
Image Credit: Noah Berger / AP

Global Temperatures at Alarming Highs in 2018.

According to NASA, 2018 was ranked as the fourth - yes, fourth - hottest year since 1880. That’s almost 140 years ago. Due to climate change, the past five years have been the hottest period of time in recorded history. Let that sink in. An increase of half a Fahrenheit degree in global temperature is enough to expose tens of millions of people to fatal heat waves, water shortages, and floodings. Yet in 2018, the world temperature was at a 1.5 degree Fahrenheit warmer than the average temperature between 1951 and 1981. If these facts are not enough to convince people, 18 out of 19 hottest years since record-keeping begun since 2001.

More here:

Now in its 11th 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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