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First and biggest environment-themed film festival in Malaysia reveals wide range of activities and programs available for the public.
October 4th, 2015, Kuala Lumpur – The 8th annual Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) today announced the programming to take place this year with the launch of the 8th KLEFF Festival Guide at the Bee, Publika.
Announcements of this year’s official selections were made along with the list of local and international film makers and environmentalists who will be attending the Festival. Access to an extraordinary line-up of films that will be screened for free at the Black Box, Publika can be done via the KLEFF online ticket registration platform at http://www.ecofilmfest.my/films/ticket-registration.html.
The 8th KLEFF will be open for the public from 16th to 18th October 2015 at Publika Mall.
Like never before, attendees to KLEFF will be empowered to explore the innovation in storytelling of urgent environmental issues as there will be 116 films that will be screened throughout the festival weekend. Attendees will also have the opportunity to encounter sustainable art installations, engage in talks and workshops that promote sustainability, and indulge in responsible consumerism at the Green Market where 76 local NGOs and green enterprises will be showcasing their planet-friendly products and services.
“Apart from the record-number of films (116) that will be screened, the Green Market will be a hit with the festival goers as we promote sustainable consumption and production by pulling together the ecosystem of amazing local and international efforts in green products and services,” said Festival Director, Fadly Bakhtiar.
“Whether taking a break between film screenings, meeting friends, collaborating with colleagues, or attending any of the talks or workshops at the Festival, KLEFF is the cornerstone of sustainable living. All information about what’s happening at KLEFF this year is found in our 2015 KLEFF Festival Guide, which can be obtained in major cafes, university campuses, restaurants and art spaces. The Festival Guide is also available for free downloads on our official portal at www.ecofilmfest.my,” added Fadly.
Producer of the award-winning film, “True Cost”, Michael Ross, will be attending the KLEFF and also curating the discussion post-screening. “True Cost” is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?
Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes. True Cost will be screening on 18th October (Sunday) at 5:45 pm.
French film maker, cinematographer and director, Benjamin Cappelletti will also be at the Festival where his short film, Skӓl, will be screened for the first time in Malaysia and in Southeast Asia.
Skӓl is a fictional short film about a young YouTube celebrity who will have to suddenly and brutally confront the issue of water scarcity. In this short film, the YouTube celebrity wakes up one morning only to find out that all the planet’s water had disappeared. What caused it? Who would you share your water reserves with? And why? Skӓl will be screening on 18th October (Sunday) at 12:45 pm.
Among other film makers that will be present include Malaysian Edmund Yeo, director of “River of Exploding Durians” which recently won an award at the Tokyo Film Festival. Joining Edmund is Nanang Sujana from the Indonesia Nature Film Society (Jakarta), Harun Rahman who is the director of “Sumatra’s Last Tiger”, which made its debut recently in National Geographic, and also Faisal Hossain, a Malaysian based in the United States who is the director of “A Bay of Hope”.
Apart from the wide range of environment-themed films that will be screened at KLEFF, the Festival also has workshops and talks for the public to sign up. The workshops and talks range from upcycling activities for children and youths, to talks on wildlife photography and documentary film making for film enthusiasts. In addition, local musicians, celebrities and artists will also be lending support to this not-for-profit festival through their performances that will take place on Sunday, 18th October from 4 pm onwards at the Bee, Publika.
Advance bookings and registration for all the film screenings, talks and workshops taking place at KLEFF can be done via its official website at www.ecofilmfest.my.
Fadly Bakhtiar, Festival Director
(017) 227-9270, email@example.com
Shi Min, Assistant