The 8th Kuala Lumpur Environmental Film Festival (KLEFF) announces 2015 Line Up

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28 July 2015, Kuala Lumpur – EcoKnights, an environmental organization and the organizer of the Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival announced the festival’s 2015 lineup today. The festival, now in its seventh season, receives submissions from all over the world with topics ranging from serious to hilarious, inspiring to empowering.

The trailers of the 116 films accepted in to the festival can be viewed through the KLEFF website at www.ecofilmfest.my.

The films accepted for the festival this year include subjects as diverse as “Banking Nature”, a new documentary that investigates the commodification of nature, to “Racing Extinction” which calls attention to our impact on the planet and seeks to inspire solutions that will ensure a thriving planet for future generations.

 “Our films this year are filled with amazing and inspiring stories of people, governments, NGOs, and companies coming together to strive to leave a planet that’s sustainably managed. This year’s lineup also have colorful characters, exotic locations and stories which are at times compelling, amazing, quirky and riveting. There really is something for everyone,” said Fadly Bakhtiar, Festival Director of KLEFF.

 “Submissions came in from more than 34 countries, and the quality of production rivals any theatrical release,” Fadly said. “The variety of subjects will bring audiences to places they have never known and allow them to experience a wide range of emotions from tears to laughter.”

In 2015, KLEFF received over 250 submissions, and the 116 films chosen for the festival include several short films, animations and documentaries from Malaysian film makers.

KLEFF is unique not only because it’s the only environmental film festival in Malaysia, but also because it is supported by local organizations and private entities, including higher institutes of learning such as Han Chiang College and Point College.

 “What really strikes us about the submissions this year was the diversity — cultural, national, regional, topical, informational — and how often environmental stories of people from one era or region can relate to the lives of others far away or far removed,” said Yasmin Rasyid, the honorary advisor of the festival.

KLEFF brings together independent filmmakers, aspiring film students, citizens of the world and the Klang Valley community to one venue in October where apart from free film screenings, festival goers are able to enjoy a plethora of community workshops and talks on sustainability and film making, enjoy the wide choices of sustainable products and services that will be offered at the Green Market and also indulge in evenings of melodic experience with local artists, musicians and bands. 

This year, the film festival will be held at Publika Solaris. The festival runs from October 16-18 and includes filmmaker chats, seminars and gala award ceremony, all within the vast grounds of Publika.

About KLEFF

KLEFF’s mission is to inspire a global connection through environment-themed films and intellectual discussions. KLEFF

KLEFF aspires to continue its efforts to introduce the world’s best and award-winning environmental films in this Festival and elevate itself to one of the most prestigious festivals in the South East Asia region for international and Malaysian environmental film makers.

At the same time, the KLEFF aspires to be a leader in environmental awareness and education. By providing workshops, talks, school visits, and community screenings, the KLEFF seeks to reach the Malaysian public in a variety of ways that encourage sustainable living.

For media inquiries, please email info@ecofilmfest.my

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