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Newsletter Issue 05/2018

Newsletter Issue 05/2018

The International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival
The International
Kuala Lumpur
Eco Film Festival
Vol. 2018 - Issue #05

Message from Festival Director

Fadly BakhtiarHello family and friends!

As we usher towards the festival in October, a lot of things went down in the month of July. We closed our film submissions and received a total of 179 films from 38 countries all over the world. After an intense amount of evaluations, we have accepted 100 films to be screened, and out of that 31 are from Malaysia. It is truly an honour to be able to lead this important movement all this while.

From the perspective of someone who has been involved (and watch most of the films) for 11 years, I have to say that in general (all submissions) there are some really good ones down to those that doesn't hit the spot. Out of the selected films, there are some really outstanding films and the qualities are getting better especially films coming from South East Asia, whereby the issues are close to us. I personally love most of the selected films and it was really tough to decide even the finalists of each categories and special awards. In terms of the whole selections, I think we have achieved our theme this year (Forest, Water & Climate Change) and we are really proud to be screening some of the best stories on various pressing issues, initiatives, leaders and people from around the world, collectively working towards the same goal for a better future of our Earth.

I must thank all our other juries: Mr. Mano Maniam, Dr. Reuben Clements and Mr. Azuan Muda for taking their invaluable support, it must have been a wonderful time for us all to view these films.

Apart from the film section, we have shortlisted 10 finalists for the poster competition, after receiving over 100 submissions. All the finalist’s artworks are being shared on KLEFF Facebook for you to view. We are really pleased and impressed with their creativity, talent and message on the poster.

We are on the fifth gear now, and the team is on full force. Wish us all the best so that we can bring you the best experience of KLEFF with the most interesting activities and contents. Till then, see you again next month.

Yours Fabulously,


KLEFF 2018 announces the finalists for 5 main film categories and special awardsAfter 6 months of film competition and 1 month of judging process, the KLEFF 2018 committee is proud to accounce the results of the film submission!

Out of 179 submissions we received globally, the KLEFF 2018 panel jury has selected 100 films to be screened throughout the seven-day film festival. Our festival theme for this year is ‘Forest, River and Climate Change’. You can view the list of films selected for the screening here.

The festival committee is also excited to announce the finalists for 5 main film categories – Best Feature Film/ Full-Length Documentary, Best Short Documentary/ TV Documentary, Best Short Film, Best Public Service Announcements(PSA), and Best Animation.

Click here to view the results.

Other than the five main film categories, the other special awards announced are Special Jury Award, ASEAN Young Film Maker’s Award, Special Merit Award and Special River of Life (ROL) Award.

Click here to view the finalist of the special awards.

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 Galley, Kuala Lumpur.

The KLEFF committee would like to congratulate the film makers whose films are selected to be screened and chosen as finalists. We are truly grateful to all film makers who submitted their films, hence supporting the film festival.


Time to mark your calendar for some good films from around the world! Registration and puchase for the film screening tickets will start in Spetember. We would love to see you all there!

Check out the film screening schedule here.


The KLEFF Green Poster competition top 10 finalists results are out! After receiving over 100 amazing and creative artworks from applicants, the finalists were selected by a panel of judges.

Click here to view the results. .

Here is what the judges of the competition have got to say:

The KLEFF poster competition is the first attempt to reach out to the young talented and creative people to illustrate their messages and passion on the environment, or on sustainability. I hope the competition provides a creative outlet for Malaysians. “ - Yasmin Rasyid (President and Founder of EcoKnights)

Contrary to popular belief, causes do not inspire action through facts and figures. An action is only inspired when information is presented in the right way to the right audience. This is the true obstacle for all causes, especially one as complex and extensive as climate change. How do we, as an NGO, make people better understand the issues ahead of us? That is why it was heartwarming to see so many young, talented artists come together to help design for a more sustainable future. The creativity put on display was impressive and completely upended the notion that it isn’t possible to make environmentally conscious collateral without the tired templates we are all used to seeing. When these artists pushed themselves to portray the facts about environmental sustainability in novel ways, they created pieces of art that not only informed its viewers but also inspired more of them to action. That is what is critical, for at the end of the day it doesn’t matter how much somebody knows about sustainability, it is what they do that counts.” - Luqman Avicenna (EcoKnights Junior Visual Designer)

Starting from 2nd of August, one finalist poster will be posted on the KLEFF Facebook page every Monday and Thursday until 3rd of September when the final grand prize winner will be announced. Stay tune to our Facebook page to view these posters in more details!


Easy Tips to Shop Green

What other event is at the festival beside films? One of the awesome highlights of the annual KLEFF is the Green Market! From fresh organic produce and skin products to upcycled accessories and plants, the Green Market is featuring environmental NGOs, green busineses and local sustainable products and services brands!

In Green Market, the KLEFF committee is always doing our best to educate and get both vendors and visitors to start simple in responsible consumption. If you’re trying to shop green, but don’t know where to start, here are some tips for you!

  1. Bring your own bags
  2. Bring water bottles and lunch boxes
  3. Talk to the vendors and ask questions about their products/services
  4. Provide constructive feedback
  5. Try something new and support local products

Shopping green is easier than you think. A sustainable lifestyle begins when you are more open to try new things and support the local efforts of our strong sustainability advocates.

The list of participating vendors will be announced in September, stay tuned for more informations!


Sign up for volunteers!

KLEFF 2018 is calling for volunteers!

Are you an environmental enthusiast and wish to learn more to support inspiring sustainable living? Be a volunteer for the biggest and longest running eco film festival in South East Asia - Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival 2018 (KLEFF)!

We welcome everyone from different backgrounds and professions to volunteer! If you are outgoing, versatile, always up for challenges, passionate to advocate your cause, do apply to volunteer with us!

For more information about being a KLEFF volunteer, visit us and register at before 2nd of September! Hope to receive your application soon! Here’s what our volunteers say:

It was exciting to work with a young and vibrant team. KLEFF also provides the opportunity for volunteers to get more insights of sustainable living and practices.”
- Kai Ren (Green Market volunteer)

Volunteering for KLEFF was an exhilirating experience for me. I was able to meet new people, tried out some vegan style food, and watched a few performances from local scenes. The most important of it all was being able to share and promote a greener lifestyle to everyone!”
- Aaron (EcoKnights’ booth volunteer)

has been an info-taining session for the past 2 years of volunteering. I personally enjoyed the workshop and speakers testimony that keeps me coming back because there is really so much more to discover. This film festival simply call to the need of understanding the ever real environmental issues and ways we can cope with it through our everyday lifestyle. All in all, this has inspired me to do my very best just as these passionate people does to achieve our very own missions in life.”
- Yan Yan (Green Market volunteer)

KLEFF is an amazing event that grows chances for me to expand my networking with new people. I find it interesting as it brings EcoSavvy experts in dwelling the importance of environmental matters. KLEFF shall be organized much more often as it definitely advocates public to think twice of the effect as simple as littering.”
- Sofea (Centre stage volunteer)

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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