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Sunday, 21 July 2013

Borneo Eco Film Fest - One More Week To Submit Your Short Films!

The Borneo Eco Film Festival (BEFF) is an annual non-profit, free-for-the-public event which celebrates Borneo's biocultural diversity through nurturing local storytelling through its year-round SUARA Community Filmmaking workshops and showcasing exclusive premiers of environmental films.

Founded in 2011, BEFF is back with more environmental film screenings and community film-making workshops which will be held from the 27th to the 29th of September 2013.
Before that happens though, there's something else those with a passion for film-making should be excited about: the Boleh Bah Filem Kita short-film competition!

Hoping to bring to light local talent, the requirements are easy:
  1. Films must be related to the environment. 
  2. Films must be shot by Borneans currently living in Borneo. 
  3. Films must be under 10 minutes long. 
  4. Only submit films produced after 1st January 2010. 
  5. Don't worry about the language your film is in - whether in English, Malay, Chinese Kadazan, Murut etc, as long as you provide English subtitles, SUBMIT IT! =)
The most important thing is though, films must be submitted by 1st August 2013, which means you have 1 week left - so get crack-a-lackin' you creative souls! Exciting prizes await and the winning film will be screened during the Festival - talk about big exposure ey?
One of the films shown during the festival - filmed in 1937!
As for the aforementioned SUARA KOMUNITI workshops, village-level workshops are conducted all year round, aiming to build the capacity of indigenous and local communities to communicate their stories, experiences and worldviews related to Borneo’s bio-cultural heritage through the medium of film.

Taken during one of the previous years' workshops.
Agnes Agama, co-founder of BEFF and environmental anthropologist, said that the first round of workshops took place in Batu Puteh, Kinabatangan in April this year. “Budding film-makers from selected local communities attended the first workshop of the year on Narratives & Ideas, in which participants explored the concept of a 'narrative' and how to develop inspiration into ideas before translating them onto film,” she said. Conducted by artistic film maker Chris Chong Chan Fui and creative writer Melissa Leong, the 4-day workshop was attended by the some of Sabah’s pioneering non-governmental organisations, namely HUTAN, Model Ecologically Sustainable Community-based Tourism (MESCOT) and Partners of Community Organisations (PACOS).

Last year's documentary workshop participants!
The second SUARA KOMUNITI workshop on Documentary-making was held from 28-30 June 2013 in Bundu Tuhan, Ranau, while the final workshop on editing will be at the end of August, culminating in a 3-day intensive community filmmaking training course from 25-27 Sept at BEFF 2013.

Borneo Eco Film Fest screening 2012!
BEFF invites interested parties to come on board as corporate sponsors, supporters or event volunteers. “We appreciate any support in order to make this event a success!”

Venue: Kompleks Jabatan Kebudayaan dan Kesenian Negara (JKKN) Sabah

Sponsors:
  • Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (SEDIA)
  • Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Sabah and 
  • FINAS 
Tom, Char and BEFF volunteer Chloe at the press conference.
For more info visit:
Website: www.beff.org.my
Twitter: www.twitter.com/BEFFSUARA  or @BEFFSUARA

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