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[Press Release] Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival 2017 Announces Film Submission Results

[Press Release] Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival 2017 Announces Film Submission Results


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – July 31st 2017 – The 10th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival 2017 (KLEFF2017) film competition received and accepted a total of 249 environmental films from 44 countries this year.

Out of all the submissions, a total of 84 films of various lengths and genre has been selected by this year’s KLEFF jury committee.

The films will be screened over a week of this year’s KLEFF from 23-29 October 2017 at the Black Box, Publika.

A film screening schedule will be announce soon and the public are encourage to book their tickets through the official KLEFF website. Latest announcements will be announced on the website and its official Facebook page.

The synthesis of this year’s submission of films can be viewed below based on genre of films and country of origin.

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Film Submissions by Categories

Selected Films by Categories

Submission by Location

Australia- 9Hungary- 1Romania- 1
Austria- 1India- 12Russia- 1
Belgium- 2Indonesia- 2Singapore- 4
Brazil- 3Islamic Republic of Iran – 7Slovakia- 2
Bulgaria- 1Italy- 6South Afrika-1
Cambodia- 1Japan- 2Spain- 3
Canada- 11Kazakhstan-1Sweden- 1
Chile- 3Kosovo- 1Switzerland- 4
China- 3Malaysia- 62Taiwan- 1
Dominican Republic- 2Mexico- 1Ukraine- 2
Finland- 2Myammar-2United Arab Emirates- 1
France- 12Netherlands-2United Kingdom- 13
Germany- 13Panama- 1United States- 46
Greece- 1Philippines- 1Yemen- 1
Hong Kong- 1Poland-1Unspecified – 1


List of Selected Films

*Disclaimer: The jury committee has selected 84 films to be screened this year at the festival. The decision made by the jury committee is final. We truly appreciate your understanding and support on this matter.

Feature Film / Full Length (in alphabetical order)

Total films: 9

Film Title Film MakerCountry
A Bridge Between Two WorldsPascal GélinasCanada
Big Pygmies, Little GiantsHoward JacksonSingapore
Bison Nation-Walking Sacred SitesElke DuerrUnited States
EmpathyEd AntojaSpain
King In The MountainDave EdwardsUnited States
Longyearbyen, a bipolar cityDeiller ManuelFrance
Soft Water Hard StoneJames Lloyd and Flavia AngelicoBrazil
The girl and the typhoonsChristoph SchwaigerFrance
ZANRichard GrehanJapan


Short Documentary (in alphabetical order)

Total films: 33

Film Title Film MakerCountry
A Simpler WayMichael SnyderUnited States
An Ocean Mystery: The Missing CatchAlison BarratUnited States
Burning IssueLuca BonaccorsiItaly
Cotton Fields from the Ivory TowerFaisal Hossain and Non Fiction MediaUnited States
Crocodile CreekSai Naw KhamGermany
Giraffes: Africa’s Gentle GiantsTom MustillUnited Kingdom
Green Transitions Maria MartiniakovaSlovakia
Green: at what price?Nicola MilneUnited Kingdom
ImmondezzaMimmo CaloprestiItaly
Keep The Coast On Your LeftAndrew SzaboUnited States
Lake Victoria: An Ecosystem in TurmoilBenj BinksAustralia
Lessons From DisasterNor Haffizah binti RazakMalaysia
My Garden, No LongerScott SchimmelUnited States
Operation Sumatran RhinoChris Annadorai and Lydia LubonSingapore and Malaysia
Our Forests, Our FutureZyn Myo SettMyanmar
Poachers to ProtectorsStephanie TheresaMalaysia
Reaching Blue: finding hope beneath the surfaceIan Hinkle and Andy RobertsonCanada
RESURGENCE : Restoring life and hope to a barren landAnkit SharmaIndia
Root UpKatia Cafe-FebrissyCanada
Sao Miguel, Water IslandCarlos VirgiliSpain
Solidarity and the Art of Sustainable Lobster FishingSteve De NeeCanada
StrawsLinda BookerUnited States
Streams of PlasticGary BencheghibFrance
The Art of Nature : A documentary of Orang Asli’s archaic craftsNurhakim SulaimanMalaysia
The ComplexThiago ForestiBrazil
The Conservation ConversationKah Jing OngSingapore
The Master WeaverBorneo Art CollectiveMalaysia
The Pale Horse – Coral Apocalypse Hendrik S. SchmittGermany
The Stolen RiverKristina DankaUnited States
The Thinking GardenChristine WelshCanada
The WildtuinRebecca PanovkaSwitzerland
Through Asli EyesJordan van Praag CurzonUnited Kingdom
Tubbataha: A National TreasureDon Falsario IIPhilippines


 Short Film (in alphabetical order)

Total films: 25

Film Title Film MakerCountry
Arrested (Again)Dan GoldesUnited States
CyclesHansel Ureña EspósitoDominican Republic
CYCOLOGICEmilia StålhammarSweden
DesireVanessa Cara-KerrGermany
For HerY.M. Raja Ahmad ShahMalaysia
It’s Not OverHuang Wei YingMalaysia
Losing NatureKhai BaharMalaysia
Mas Afuera: Expedition to Selkirk IslandPatricio Mekis and Mateo BarrenengoaChile
More than a treeKhin MyanmarGermany
Poco a PocoKyle Buthman and Perry GershkowUnited States
Rain in Sahara – Black WaterLain Heringman and Ankan SunuwarIndia
Save Her. Save Us. Save MeMuhajir AnuarMalaysia
SAVE ME! (Amidst the Trees)Mohsen NabaviCollaboration between Iran & Malaysia
Spirit Tiger Kent TruogCambodia
Swimming in the DesertAlvaro RonUnited States
TABLES TURNEDMelissa FredericiaMalaysia
The DiscardedAnnie Costner and Carla DaudenUnited States
The Elephant In Our RoomElroi YeeMalaysia
The SwanJonas KarasekSlovakia
The Velvet AbstractJames HughesUnited Kingdom
Tomorrow’s TaleThinesh Muniandy & Isaac AbdulMalaysia
Types of Pollution In Real LifeLing Bick HangMalaysia
Until The Last Drop: Makwekwe’s Journey into the Future of Lake TurkanaKatja Becker and Jonathan HappGermany
Value of LifeNatasha Despotovic and Alexandra TabarDominican Republic
Water WarriorsMichael PremoUnited States


Animation (in alphabetical order)

Total films: 5

Film Title Film MakerCountry
“…ity” (IDENTITY)Marcela Lopez PazosChile
KarmaZhaoyu ZhouUnited States
Now You See ItRebecca ManleyUnited Kingdom
Pet ManMarzieh AbrarpaydarIslamic Republic of Iran
Thunder Head ClearingJohn TetonUnited States


Public Service Announcement (PSA) (in alphabetical order)

Total films: 12

Film Title Film MakerCountry
Air PollutionNg Ee QingMalaysia
Australia’s Gardens of StoneJoel RobinsonAustralia
Change Is NowWong Jin XianMalaysia
Every Drop CountsJasmine ZaidiMalaysia
Heaven Or NeverOoi Zhang XunMalaysia
IdentityIvan JaripioPanama
If Earth Was A HumanAaron Koh Boon WinnMalaysia
Messages From The OceanLow Jin Theng, Ng Jia Hui & Chow Jing XuanMalaysia
Save Energy, Save The EarthJoanne Cheong Jia Hui & Chan Shu QiMalaysia
Still . LeakingWilliam KokMalaysia
Today’s SpecialMadina BerkenovaMalaysia
TrashCheng Yee WaiMalaysia

We would like to congratulate the film makers whose films were selected to be screened in KLEFF 2017!! We are grateful for the film makers who supported KLEFF 2017 through your inspiring and educational films. We are grateful to have you participating in this film festival and look forward to more films in next year’s KLEFF.

The films have been reviewed by a panel of judges and winners will be announced at the official KLEFF2017 Awards Ceremony, scheduled on 27th October 2017 at 3:00PM at Black Box in Publika Shopping Gallery, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.

This year’s 10th KLEFF jury committee and judges are Azuan Muda (co-founder of TEEBTV), Dr Nurul Salmi (senior lecturer from Universiti Sains Malaysia), Al Jafree Md Yusof (scriptwriter for Paloh and P.Ramlee The Musical) and Fadly Bakhtiar (KLEFF festival director).

You can check out the panel of judges in KLEFF 2017 here and they will be attending the film festival, so do grab the opportunity to meet them there in October.

For more information about the Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival or its organizer, EcoKnights, please contact


About the Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF)

The KLEFF is run and organized by local environmental NGO, EcoKnights. Now in its tenth year, the goal of the festival is to provide the Malaysian community with environmental films, workshops, talks, forums, discussions, and eco-vendors in an effort to improve awareness for environmental issues. The KLEFF2017 is supported by a variety of corporate sponsors, NGO’s, vendors, media outlets, and members of the public. Detailed information about the KLEFF, along with a complete list of sponsors and partners, can be found on their website

About EcoKnights

EcoKnights is a not-for- profit environmental organization with the Malaysian Registrar of Societies. Founded in 2005 by Yasmin Rasyid, the organization focuses on community based environmental education and awareness projects that help Malaysians to understand and deal with environmental issues that affect them. EcoKnights offers a variety of programs for the community including Sentinels of Time photography competition, Knights of Nature Sustainability Camp, Anugerah Hijau youth competition, and the Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF), which is now in its 10th year. EcoKnights also provides community films screenings, organizes environmental talks and workshops, and provides consultation and programming for environmental corporate social responsibility efforts.

For more information about EcoKnights and their programs, visit their website at


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