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Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Borneo Eco Film Festival

THIS year's Borneo Eco Film Festival is set to be more exciting with the coming on board of WWF-Malaysia as its official partner in Boleh Bah Filem Kita!

The festival, which will be held from Sept 27 to 29, aims to highlight the relationship between local
people and Borneo's natural heritage through the showcasing of environmental films.

The "Boleh Bah Filem Kita!", which is one of the core events of the festival, is an eco-film
competition where local film-makers show how people relate to their environment through a shortfilm.

WWF-Malaysia executive director and chief executive officer Datuk Dr Dionysius Sharma described
the partnership as synergistic. "The annual film festival aims to celebrate Borneo's biocultural
diversity and WWF-Malaysia has the mission to achieve a future where people live in harmony with

"We are pleased to support this event as their goals are very much in line with ours. The relationship
between people and their natural environment has never been so vulnerable," he said in a
statement, yesterday. WWF-Malaysia believes that a better future can be achieved with awareness
and education and the BEFF is an exemplary platform for this, he added.

To encourage more participation, WWF-Malaysia will present a special award for the best video
theme on the proposed Tun Mustapha Park, the largest marine protected area in Malaysia once it
is gazetted.

The film must be under 10 minutes, shot in Borneo by people who live in Borneo, and the
submission date has been extended from Aug 15 to Aug 31, while admission to the three-day film
festival is free.

Besides that, the festival also aims to nurture film-making among local communities through a series
of workshops named SUARA Komuniti where the local communities will have the chance to tell their
own stories with their own voices.

WWF-Malaysia is supporting community members from Semporna Priority Conservation Area and
the proposed Tun Mustapha Park to participate and benefit from the film-making workshops.
For information, visit

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Boleh Bah Filem Kita!


Boleh Bah Filem Kita! (BBFK) is a short film competition for local filmmakers to show how creative
they can be with a very local flavour! With BBFK, the Borneo Eco Film Festival hopes to spur local
talent and encourage the filmmaking scene. Boleh Bah Filem Kita!

Competition guidelines:

• Films that demonstrate how people relate to their environment.
• Films under 10 minutes in length.
• Films shot in Borneo by people living in Borneo.>
• If your film is not in English, please include English subtitles.
• Films submitted must be produced after 1 Jan 2010.

CLOSING DATE: 31 August 2013

BEFF prefer to receive films the eco-friendly way, online - through a private link on YouTube or Vimeo.
Send them your link (and if necessary, the password) to In the email please
include your details: name, contact number, and any relevant information about the film.
If you absolutely must send us a DVD then send it to:

Boleh Bah Filem Kita!
c/o Sabah Society
P.O. Box 10547
88806 Kota Kinabalu
Sabah, Malaysia.

The organisers will contact you if your film is selected for the festival and request a screening copy of the film.

‘LIKE’  FB page Borneo Eco Film Festival and follow Twitter @BEFFSUARA for updates on BBFK!



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