2016 Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) Announces Award Winners


Friday, 14th October 2016, Kuala Lumpur – The 9th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest 2016 (KLEFF) Award Ceremony held on the 14th of October 2016 at Black Box, Publika Shopping Gallery, Solaris Dutamas, celebrated  local and international award-winning film makers from across the globe who submitted their films to compete in the film festival. This year, 334 films were submitted from local and international filmmakers. Out of this, the jury committee accepted 140 films which ran for the film competition in eight categories.

3 Malaysian film makers made the country proud as they bagged 3 awards tonight for the Best Public Service Announcement Award, Young Film Maker Award and UNDP x JKR Energy Efficiency Award.

The 9th KLEFF Award Ceremony was held before the opening night of the film screenings and was a full house with attendees that are from the general public, film makers (local and international), representatives of sponsors, partners and also supporters. Rona Mae Lallana and Vic Ong (Women of the Shore: The Hidden Burden of Climate Change) from the Philippines, Farhan Umedaly from Canada (A Last Stand for Lelu), Yeo Kai Wen from Singapore (The Disappearing Hills), Maryo Saputra Sanuddin from Indonesia ( No Haze Without Fire), Kurt Sensenbrenner and Colin Systma (From Mass to the Mountains), Nico Roicke and Herbert Muller (The World of Microfluids), and Samuel Schlaefi from Switzerland (The Climate Changers) were among the international film makers who present at the award ceremony.

The KLEFF team was honoured to have Dato’ Nadzri bin Yahaya, Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment; Ir Gopal Narian Kutty (JMW, AMN) from the Mechanical Engineering Department, Ministry of Work; Asfaazam Kasbani, Assistant Resident Representative from United Nations Development Programme; and Yasmin Rasyid, Honorary Advisor of KLEFF, as the Guests of Honor for the award ceremony.

Dato’ Nadzri Yahaya  presented the Special Jury Award, Best Public Service Announcement Award and Best Feature Film/Full Length Documentary Award to the proud winners.

Meanwhile, the UNDPxJKR Energy Efficiency Award, Best Short Documentary Award and Best Short Film Award were presented by Ir Gopal Narian Kutty and Deep Kumar.

Winners of the Young Film Maker Award and Best Animation Award were presented by Yasmin Rasyid.

We would like to congratulate all the film makers who won the respective categories:

Power to Change: The Energy Rebellion by Carl-A. Fechner Best Feature Film/Full Length Germany
A Last Stand for Lelu by Farhan Umedaly Best Short Documentary Canada
Message in a Bottle by Daniel Schmidt Best Short Film United States
GAIA by Dhaniyah Ridzuan Best Public Service Announcement Malaysia
Norma’s Story by Alex Hawkey Best Animation Canada
GAIA by Dhaniyah Ridzuan Young Film Maker’s Award Malaysia
The Disappearing Hills by Yeo Kai Wen Special Jury Award Singapore
Power Down to Power All by Ayu Abdulah and Teresa Krug UNDP x JKR Energy Efficiency in Buildings Award Malaysia

The Guests of Honor also presented token of appreciation to KLEFF university partners, finalists and lastly, KLEFF’s panel of judges – Fadly Bakhtiar, KLEFF Festival Director; Adrian Yeo, founder of Power Shift Malaysia; and Azuan Muda, co-founder and CEO of TEEBTV.

Guests were entertained by a short Wayang Kulit performance by the children of Tree Theatre Group, led by environmental singer, Jes Ebrahim Izaidin. The award ceremony was then followed by a Malaysian Film Screening, giving opportunity to the public to catch their favourite local eco films. Screenings of the award–winning films will take place throughout the weekend of the Festival: Friday 14th October to 16th October at the Black Box and White Box, Publika. Specific times and ticketing information are available at http://kleff.my/.

Apart from environment-themed film screenings, the Festival’s highlights include Jom Beli Produk Hijau under the collaboration with GreenTech Malaysia, 50 exhibitors in the Green Market promoting sustainable production and consumption, 10 eco art exhibitions and performances, 11 community workshops on sustainable living and also fringe activities such as giant games for children, and eco-friendly food and beverages.


Now in its 9th year, the Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival, is a not-for- profit and all volunteer-run festival supported 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.

For further information, kindly contact:

Fadly Bakhtiar, Festival Director, fadly@ecoknights.org.my, 017 227 9270.

Nabila Shohimi, Festival Coordinator, nabila@ecoknights.org.my, 017-3281591.


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