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Newsletter Vol. 03/2018

Newsletter Vol. 03/2018

The International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival
The International
Kuala Lumpur
Eco Film Festival
Vol. 2018 - Issue 03

Message from Festival Director

Fadly BakhtiarHello family and friends!

In the last one month, we have gone to another three universities for our roadshows. The purpose of this roadshow is not only to communicate and share about KLEFF, but at the same time organise a compact film making workshop with our film making & media partner, Stranger Connection Media (SCM) as well as introducing two special categories for this year’s competition, brought to you by River of Life (ROL) and Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The roadshow-cum-workshop aims to enhance the student’s awareness and knowledge on the topics and provide platform for the students to connect and network with the experts.

As I’m writing this, we have received over 120 film submissions from 35 over countries around the world, and is expected to increase in the month of June. This is very exciting and definitely going to be another round of tough selections in July.

One of the important components in KLEFF for many years is the Green Market. Good news everyone, we are opening the application for Green Market. This year it will be held for seven days (yes, you’re reading it right, SEVEN days) from 22-28 October 2018. If you have great green products, services or initiatives to market to the public, this is the opportunity! Oh and as you know, the space is limited, be quick!

Lastly, on behalf of the committee we wish everyone Ramadan Kareem, please do not waste food!

Our journey continues.

Yours Fabulously,

KLEFF Kickstarts Roadshow in UniKL

KLEFF Kickstarts Roadshow in UniKLThe KLEFF team launched its first roadshow at its university partner, UniKL. Joining the roadshow are Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)`and ERE Consultant Group Sdn Bhd representing River of Life (ROL) to promote 2 special awards for the film competition – Special RSPO Award and Special ROL Award. The roadshow also included a film-making workshop conducted by Florian Wiesner, Head of Video of TFT Malaysia.

Interested to be a KLEFF university partner? Contact the KLEFF committee at

KLEFF Kickstarts Roadshow in UniKL

KLEFF Roadshow #2 With IIUM

KLEFF Roadshow #2 With IIUMPartnering with the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), the KLEFF team continued their roadshow with IIUM students to provide a fundamental workshop on the KLEFF film submission, 2 special awards by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)`and River of Life (ROL) as well as film-making techniques. Joining the roadshow were RSPO, ASPEC Sdn Bhd representing ROL and Justin Wong from SCM Asia, who shared his experience in film-making with the participant.

KLEFF Roadshow #2 With IIUM

KLEFF Roadshow #3 With UCSI

The KLEFF team continued its third roadshow with another university partner - UCSI University, joined by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), ERE Consultant Group Sdn Bhd on behalf of River of Life (ROL) and Justin Wong of SCM Asia. The workshop gave 15 participants an insight into the KLEFF film competition, the Special RSPO Award, Special ROL Award as well as film-making tips.

KLEFF Roadshow #3 With UCSI

Submit Films on Malaysian Rivers or Sustainable Palm Oil Production/Consumption and Win Special Awards!

11th KLEFF Announces New Film Awards In Partnership with RSPO and ROLFor the year 2018, KLEFF started off with its partnership with two Special Film Category partners – Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)`and River of Life (ROL).

In collaboration with these partners, two new awards are introduced in the festival:

These awards aim to encourage more films to raise awareness and encourage the use of products that contain certified sustainable palm oil as well as providing the public the exposure to rivers in Malaysia. For more information on the new awards, click here.

River of Life

Calling for Green Vendors!

Calling for Green Vendors!

KLEFF is once again back featuring the signature Green Market! We are looking for aspiring green businesses, entrepreneurs, NGO, CBO, F&B, organisation with special cause to join us in this platform which promote sustainable consumption and production, showcase their efforts/causes, fundraise for a good cause and promote green services to the public.

Event details are as below:-

Publika Solaris Dutamas, KL

27th October (Thursday) - 28th October (Sunday) [2 days, outdoor at The Square]
22nd October (Monday) - 28th October (Sunday) [7 days, indoor at Red Zone]

RM200/day, with additional RM200 add on as refundable security deposit

Application for the Green Market will start in the first week of June. Do look out for the announcement in or our Facebook.

For more info: +(60)3 7731 8361 or email your inquiries to

KLEFF Calls for Entries: Act for SDGs and Poster Competition Extended to 30th June

KLEFF Calls for Entries: Act for SDGs and Poster CompetitionThis year, with the theme, “Forests, Water and Climate Change”, we invite individuals, companies, organizations and government agencies to plug in to KLEFF by proposing an event, campaign, idea or exhibition, the sky is the limit that fulfills the theme and also resonates with one if not more of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Click here for more information and application.

KLEFF Calls for Entries: Act for SDGs and Poster CompetitionThe KLEFF Festival Poster Competition is a new addition to this year’s program. The Competition is open to all Malaysians and non-Malaysians who have an interest in creative design and art to evoke a sense of appreciation, awareness or acknowledge of the environment.

Click here for more information and application.

An Interview with KLEFF 2017 Winners: Special Merit Award – Lessons From Disasters

An Interview with KLEFF 2017 Winners: Special Merit Award – Lessons From DisastersThe KLEFF team caught up with the winner of Special Merit Award – Norhafizzah Razak, who was part of the film-making team of ‘Lessons From Disasters’, which was screened during KLEFF 2017.

Check out our interview with this inspiring film maker as she talks about films, involvement in KLEFF and challenges in film-making.

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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