Borneo Eco Film Fest in Sandakan, Sabah Borneo



The Borneo Eco Film Festival (BEFF) Sabah will be held at the Rainforest Discovery Centre Auditorium and BALIN Roofgarden Bistro, NAK Hotel on 29th to 31st July 2011. Supported by EcoKnights, the founders of the Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival, BEFF is a free community-service event that aims to increase public understanding of environmental issues through the power of film and visual media.
The public will be treated to eye-opening film screenings, interactive workshops, insightful talks and exciting musical performances during this educational and fun-filled event. Thought-provoking and influential films from Sabah and around the world will be featured including Trek Through Borneo (Malaysia), The Seasmiths (Malaysia), Saving Planet Earth: Oceans (UK/Malaysia), Honey Hunters (Malaysia)and GREEN (Indonesia), just to name a few.

Environmental experts and international award-winning filmmakers will also be lending their talents by conducting interactive workshops and talks. The esteemed lineup includes Chris Chong Chan Fui, a Sabahan filmmaker whose debut film, Karaoke, was premiered at the 2009 Festival De Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight and 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. Karaoke was also named the Best Feature film at the 2009 American Express Maverick prize in Canada.

Rainforest Discovery Center (RDC) in Sepilok, Sabah

Also taking centre stage is Harun Rahman, founder of Novista, a leading documentary production company in Kuala Lumpur. The highly-acclaimed documentary “Among the Great Apes with Michelle Yeoh” produced by Novista was awarded the Best Wildlife Documentary at the 2010 Asian Television Awards and Best Wildlife Film at the 2010 Malaysia Documentary Film Festival.

South East Asia’s leading underwater filming and photography company, Scubazoo, will also be presenting. The works of Scubazoo have been broadcasted on the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, CNN, and ITV. Other presentations of interest will be a workshop led by renowned Sabah wildlife photographer Cede Prudente, and a talk by the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) team.

Rhinoceros hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros) from Borneo

Another unique feature of BEFF is the Community Filmmaking Program led by the Global Diversity Foundation (GDF), an international NGO, along with Cypriot videographer, Inanc Tekguc. Each year, BEFF invites a local community to participate in a BEFF community filmmaking training workshop that adapts filmmaking techniques specially for communities to make their own films based on the traditions, culture and issues surrounding the people. This year, villagers from Sukau, Kinabatangan will participate in this unique programme  as well as meet with all the international and local filmmaking talent on show at BEFF 2011.

Local and national artistes such as Roger Wang, Amir Yussof, Angelina Perete and Hezekiah Asim will also be performing during BEFF, which greatly supports the creative arts.

For more information, call +60 88 218315/ +60 12 2071044 (Anton), fax to +60 88 221594/ 89 272879, e-mail borneoecofilmfestival@gmail.com or visit the official website. You can also get more information from the BEFF Blog.

BEFF Details

Date: 29th - 31st July 2011
Venue: Rainforest Discovery Center (RDC) Sandakan, Sabah
Tickets: Register on official website

How to go to the RDC in Sabah?
A map and details is in this RDC Sabah Post.

For those who are interested, book now as this is the first time it is being held and in beautiful Borneo. As there are many budget airlines that fly to Sandakan, this would be an exciting experience for everyone at the The Borneo Eco Film Festival (BEFF) Sabah.

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