KOTA KINABALU: The 8th Borneo Eco Film Festival (BEFF) this year, with its mainstage event taking taking place from the 2nd to the 4th of November at Suria Sabah will be screening a total of 17 films and entrance is free for the public.
Programme Director, Melissa Leong said, BEFF is a non-profit programme organised by Melapi – the Society for Holistic Outreach, Research and Environmental Action.
“Once again this year, we are proud to bring a series of award-winning and thought-provoking environmental films from around the world, some of which will be Asian and Southeast Asian premieres right here in Kota Kinabalu.
“In partnership with UNICEF-Malaysia, the opening film for this year will be Girl Rising (2013, USA, 101 mins) on Friday 2nd of November at 2:30pm.
“The film feature stories of nine girls from developing countries, who struggle and overcome great obstacles to obtain an education and change their fates,” she said during a press conference here today.
The screening will be followed by a forum on girls’ rights and children marriage, moderated by UNICEF-Malaysia.
“In terms of film programming, we try our best to cover as many relevant environmental themes as possible with regards to Sabah. This includes spotlights on wildlife and human connection, islands and oceans, consumers and waste, climate change and, of course, community filmmaking,” she said.
Among the film highlights this year is the Asian premiere of Plastic is Forever (2017, USA, 19 mins) on Saturday, 3rd of November at 10:30am.
Melissa said, the short film made by 13-year old Dylan D’Haeze that looks into where our plastic waste ends up and offers solutions on our plastic dependency.
“As always, all screenings during the festival weekend is free for the public. Post-festival, BEFF continues its free screenings through BEFF 365 at selected locations. For updates on the screening times, please visit our website at HYPERLINK “http://www.beff.org.my” www.beff.org.my,” Melissa said.
BEFF is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah, the Ministry of Education and Innovation Sabah, Yayasan Hasanah, UNICEF-Malaysia and the GEF Small Grants Programme implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with Suria Sabah Shopping Mall as the official venue sponsor. – SabahNewsToday