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Children, Youth and Community Films Take Centre Stage at BEFF 2018


Dinoza (left) with several sponsors showing promotional posters of the films that will be screened in this year’s BEFF. – SNT PIX / Sitti Nor Azizah Talata

KOTA KINABALU: The Borneo Eco Film Festival (BEFF) acknowledges the power of the younger generation and the value of the rural community voice through its curated programme at this year’s festival.

BEFF Board President, Dinoza Mahruf, announced that BEFF 2018 is paying special attention to children’s rights and the power of youth through dedicated programmes, activities and competitions.

“In a nod to our partnership with UNICEF-Malaysia, we will be doing a Children’s Programme on both Saturday at 10:00am and Sunday 10:30am.

“We will kick off with a storytelling session and appearance of our elephant mascot this year.

“On Saturday, the 3rd of November, this will be followed by a special screening of short films for our young audience and families.

On both days, there will be an interactive session on Child Protection and Child’s Rights led by UNICEF-Malaysia, ideally for children aged 5 to 10 years.

Walk-ins are welcome and no pre-registration is required,” said Dinoza in a press conference here today.

The Boleh Bah Filem Kita! short film competition has also been dedicated exclusively to the youth aged 15 to 25 this year, asking for 60-second submissions on environmental themes.

The prize money this year is RM3,000, RM2,000 and RM1,000 will be given for the first, second and third place winner respectively.

Deadline for submission is on 25 Otober 2018 and winning films will be premiered at the festival followed by the prize-giving ceremony will be on Saturday, 3rd November at 6:30pm.

Dinoza also said one of the highlights of the festival each year was the premiere of Suara Community-made films.

“The Suara community filmmaking programme is our flagship programme, where we engage rural and indigenous communities to tell their stories in their own voice through the narrative of film.

“Our community filmmakers who come from around Sabah, attend four workshops throughout the year, run by experts in the creative industry from Malaysia and Indonesia.

“During the mainstage festival each year, our community filmmakers gather in Kota Kinabalu for the final editing workshop and premiere their finished short films,” he explained.

This year, the Suara Community Films premiere happens on Sunday, the 4th of November at 6:30pm,” he added.

He said, not to be missed is the BEFF Eco Art Carnival on the 6th floor of Suria Sabah, featuring eco-inspired artwork and installations of local artists in Sabah. – SabahNewsToday


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