The Borneo Eco Film Festival (BEFF) returns for the 3rd time this year, taking place from 27 – 29 September in Kota Kinabalu.
The BEFF showcases environmental films that highlight the relationship of Borneo’s local people with their natural heritage and takes place at the JKKN Complex just outside the centre of the city.
Exciting developments in 2013, promising to make this the most exciting Borneo Eco Film Festival yet, are the involvement of WWF Malaysia and the hosting of a short-film competition, Boleh Bah Filem Kita.
“WWF Malaysia’s mission is to achieve a future where people live in harmony with nature,” said WWF Malaysia’s Executive Director and CEO, Datuk Dr. Dionysius Sharma.
“We are pleased to support this event as their goals are very much in line with ours.”
He added that the Borneo Eco Film Festival is an exemplary platform through which awareness of and education for a better future can be achieved.
Of particular interest to WWF Malaysia is the proposed Tun Mustapha Park in the Kudat-Banggi Priority Conservation Area in the northern part of Sabah. Once gazetted, the park will be the largest marine protected area in Malaysia.
WWF Malaysia will present a special award for the best video with the park as theme.
Films for Boleh Bah Filem Kita must be under 10 minutes and filmed in Borneo by people living in Borneo. The date for submissions to the competition has been extended to 31 August 2013.
Admission to the 3-day Borneo Eco Film Festival is free and a series of workshops, named Suara Komuniti, will offer local communities a chance to equip themselves with the skills to tell their own stories with their own voices.
WWF Malaysia is also supporting community members from Semporna Priority Conservation Area and the proposed Tun Mustapha Park to take part in the film festival’s activities.