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[Press Release] The 9th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) Announces Partnership With Seven Malaysian Top Universities

[Press Release] The 9th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) Announces Partnership With Seven Malaysian Top Universities

KUALA LUMPUR (MARC 14TH, 2016) — Seven universities and institutes of higher learning will be giving their students and film lovers reason to expand their knowledge, skills and passion in environmental film making by becoming supporting partners to the Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival.

The university partners for this year’s Festival are:

  1. GEOMATIKA COLLEGE INTERNATIONAL – FACULTY OF CREATIVE MEDIA AND ARTS.
  2. HAN CHIANG COLLEGE
  3. TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE (TARUC) – FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE, ARTS AND HUMANITIES.
  4. TAYLOR’S UNIVERSITY LAKESIDE CAMPUS – SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION
  5. UNIVERSITI KUALA LUMPUR (UNIKL) – MALAYSIAN INSTITUTE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
  6. UNIVERSITI MALAYSIA SARAWAK (UNIMAS) – FACULTY OF APPLIED CREATIVE AND ARTS
  7. MULTIMEDIA UNIVERSITY (MMU) – FACULTY OF CREATIVE MULTIMEDIA

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“Film is one of the worlds most vital and dynamic mediums through which we engage on so many different levels – visual, intellectual, and emotional – and we are delighted to see the strong support of universities in Malaysian in their support for the Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival,” said Festival Director, Fadly Bakhtiar.

“We believe that the films that will be screening at KLEFF this year are an essential part of the academia’s teaching and research today. Through the films and the films produced by university students, we hope that KLEFF will rise to be THE national platform for environmental discourse, networking, research and innovation, and community mobilization,” added Fadly.

The Festival also serves as a resource for students in the universities’ filmmaking program. “Film students are exposed to new films that we hope will inspire them, have their work showcased and have access to film professionals in seminars with filmmakers and actors,” said Fadly.

As part of this university partnership, all students registered or enrolled in the partner universities will have their film submission fees waived.

“This is to encourage local talents, local students in broadcasting or film making, or even multimedia, to submit their videos, films, animation, short film, you name it, to KLEFF”, Fadly elaborated,

The university partnerships form part of the KLEFF’s exciting collaborations with leading academic institutions across Malaysia.

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL KUALA LUMPUR ECO FILM FESTIVAL

Now in its 9th year, the Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival, produced by environmental NGO, EcoKnights features environment-themed documentary, feature, animated, archival, 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 www.kleff.my.

ABOUT ECOKNIGHTS®

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 www.ecoknights.org.my.

Note to Editor: All visuals, press release and relevant information about KLEFF can be downloaded here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8E-uNSzi8DLc0xrYjAydjZGQXc

For further information, kindly contact: Fadly Bakhtiar, Festival Director, fadly@ecoknights.org.my, 017 227 9270.

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