PRESS RELEASE : THE 12TH KLEFF AWARD CEREMONY
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THE 12TH KLEFF AWARD CEREMONY: RECOGNITION TO FILMMAKERS ADVOCATING FOR ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION
10th October 2019, Kuala Lumpur – The 12th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) Award Ceremony is a prestigious event to celebrate the work of filmmakers and cinematographers from around the globe advocating for environmental sustainability and climate action. This year, with the theme of “Climate Action…Now!”, KLEFF received a total submission of 233 environmentally-themed films from 48 countries and out of these, 86 ground-breaking films of various genres and lengths are screened throughout the festival.
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The 12th installation of KLEFF Award Ceremony were held at KL Convention Centre in conjunction with the 10th International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia (IGEM). The ceremony was graced by the presence of Yang Berhormat Puan Yeo Bee Yin, Minister of the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC), Datuk Seri Dr. Mohd Azhar bin Hj Yahaya, Secretary-General Ministry of MESTECC, Dr. Nagulendran Kangayatkarasu, Deputy Secretary General (Environment and Climate Change) of MESTECC, Tuan Syed Ahmad Bin Syed Mustafa, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Green Technology Corporation, KLEFF notable partners, filmmakers and esteemed media.
“This year’s partnership and collaboration with IGEM marks a big achievement for KLEFF and EcoKnights as it symbolises the synergy between a government and non-government entity working together towards a shared goal – to build a sustainable nation,” said Dr. Yasmin Rasyid, KLEFF Founder and Honorary Advisor.
Dr. Yasmin Rasyid, KLEFF Founder & Honorary Advisor gave her opening speech during the Award Ceremony.
Founded and initiated by not-for-profit environment NGO EcoKnights, KLEFF is Malaysia’s longest-serving platform to promote sustainable living through showcases of environmental films and creative activities such as eco workshops, SDG forums, Green Market and more.
“I believe that it is never easy to do work at NGO levels…I believe that the purpose of this [partnership] is to encourage EcoKnights to continue [its work] and I hope that from this, we can fully support [EcoKnights] in any way we can – to help you execute your work, do your initiative well because we believe that when you do well, the government can do well,” said YB Pn. Yeo Bee Yin, Minister of MESTECC during her speech.
YB Pn. Yeo Bee Yin, Minister of MESTECC gave her special remarks during the 12th KLEFF Award Ceremony.
This year, KLEFF presents two major awards, the General Awards and Special Awards. The General Awards consist of Best Short Film Award, Best Short Documentary Award, Best Feature Film/Long Documentary Award, Best Public Service Announcement (PSA) Award, and Best Animation Award. The Special Awards in turns consist of KLEFF’s Special Jury Award, ASEAN Young Filmmaker Award, Special Merit Award and lastly, MyForest Award.
YB Pn. Yeo Bee Yin was invited to give away the trophies and certificates to the winners of General Awards, including Malaysian filmmaker Sean Lin, whose film, “Sleepless” won the Best Short Film Award. The film highlights the unique and salient relationship between humans, animals and nature – setting forth the importance of preserving our Earth as we coexist together.
YB Pn. Yeo Bee Yin, accompanied by Dr. Yasmin Rasyid, presented the Best Short Film Award, Sleepless, to Malaysian filmmaker, Sean Lin.
MyForest Award was created in collaboration with and awarded by Malaysian Nature Society (MNS).
“The inaugural MyForest Award is made possible by the five-year project by MNS to increase awareness on good forest governance. Only by increasing the knowledge and value of the forest and the wildlife sustained within it, can there be a need and urgency for biodiversity conservation,” shared Ms. Stephanie Bacon, Vice President of MNS.
The main partners and sponsor of the 12th KLEFF took a group photo together with KLEFF organizers and Minister of MESTECC. (From left) Elina Jani, Director, Strategic Communications of Malaysian Green Technology Corporation, Fadly Bakhtiar, KLEFF Festival Director, Alex Yong, Deputy General Manager (Placemaking) of UEM Sunrise, Dr. Yasmin Rasyid, Founder & Honorary Advisor of KLEFF, YB Pn. Yeo Bee Yin, Minister of MESTECC, Stephanie Bacon, Vice President of Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), Aina Ahmad, Brand Communication Manager of KIEHL’s and Tuan Syed Ahmad bin Syed Mustafa, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Green Technology Corporation
The 12th KLEFF’s supporting partners took a group photo with KLEFF Founder and Honorary Advisor, Yasmin Rasyid. (From left) Ng Ngik Thim, Assistant Production Manager of Pangkor Island Festival, Jason Tan, Director of Vive, Dr. Yasmin Rasyid, Founder & Honorary Advisor of KLEFF, Wong Wee Hin, Director of SCM Asia, Mienal Hussin, Head of Activation and Engagement of Taman Tugu and Nadiah Rosli, Project Leader, Communications (Malaysia) of Earthworm Foundation
Turning vision into climate action, the trophies presented to the filmmakers during the ceremony were made by recycled plastic bottles and upcycled wood pallets. The bottles were collected and contributed by Kiehl’s Malaysia, KLEFF 2019 Main Sponsor, in conjunction with its ‘Recycle & Be Rewarded’ programme.
The winners and award recipients of the 12th KLEFF took a group photo with KLEFF organizers and partners.
The trophies presented to the filmmakers during the ceremony were made by recycled plastic bottles and upcycled wood pallets. The bottles were collected and contributed by Kiehl’s Malaysia, KLEFF 2019 Main Sponsor, in conjunction with its ‘Recycle & Be Rewarded’ programme.
ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL KUALA LUMPUR ECO FILM FESTIVAL (KLEFF)
The International KLEFF is Malaysia’s first and longest-serving platform promoting sustainable living through showcases of environment-themed films, workshops, talks, exhibitions, Green Market, local performances and other engaging activities. KLEFF features ground breaking films that kindle important dialogues, 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.
Let’s take Climate Action…Now! Further information may be found at kleff.my or KLEFF social media pages @kleff_my.
EcoKnights® is a not-for-profit environmental organisation that provides and delivers development and environmental interventions to communities, government agencies, learning institutions, and companies to mobilise and catalyse the stakeholders towards sustainable development across trans- and interdisciplinary fields to build bridges towards achieving sustainable communities and companies across five main pillars.
The pillars are CSR and Partnership, Public Outreach, Community Development & Education (CDE), Rehabilitation, Restoration and Conservation (RRC) as well as Youth Development & Volunteerism (YDV), supported by Sustainability Communications. Each pillar helps to strengthen the legacy of EcoKnights as it empowers the Knights to ideate, create, run and organise meaningful projects to impart long-lasting sustainable and economic impact to the country.
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