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International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) 2019 Launch at Taman Tugu

Date: 13 September 2019
Location: Taman Tugu

EcoKnights launched the International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (“KLEFF”) 2019 at Taman Tugu today to celebrate the 12th installation of the film festival with the theme “Climate Action…Now!”.

The International KLEFF is Malaysia’s first and longest-serving platform promoting sustainable living through showcases of environment-themed films, workshops, talks, exhibitions, Green Market, local performances and other engaging activities. KLEFF features groundbreaking films that kindle important dialogues, traversing the relationship between humans and their environment, challenging the way people think about the natural world and inspiring them to discuss, explore and act on important environmental issues.

This year’s theme will explore the stories of people and organizations committed to taking climate action to create maximum impact on sustainable development. The Festival received a total of 233 submissions on environment-themed films from 48 countries and out of these, 86 ground-breaking films of various lengths and genres will be screened throughout the Festival. 

“Films are very powerful tools, I want to see how Malaysia can use films to get people to start thinking differently, to spark conversations, to take actions, to make something out of everything…I hope KLEFF in its 12th year, will resonate with the Malaysian public and inspire them to take immediate action for a better and sustainable Malaysia,” said Yasmin Rasyid, KLEFF Founder and Honorary Advisor, during her welcoming speech.

Present at today’s launching ceremony with Dr. Yasmin Rasyid were Mr. Fadly Bakhtiar (KLEFF Festival Director), Mdm. Stephanie Bacon (Vice President of Malaysian Nature Society (“MNS”)), Mdm. Aina Ahmad (Brand Communications Manager of Kiehl’s Malaysia), Mdm. Elina Jani (Director, Strategic Communications Officer of Malaysian Green Technology Corporation), fellow esteemed KLEFF partners, filmmakers, and collaborators. 

“This is the second year MNS has supported KLEFF and EcoKnights, who is a stakeholder in MNS’s EU-funded MY Forest project. Through KLEFF, MY Forest is able to fulfill its tenet of capacity building of non-stake actors in forest advocacy,” said Prof. Dr. Ahmad Ismail, President of MNS. 

KLEFF Festival Director Fadly Bakhtiar said, “We are committed to bringing you the most enriching environmental film festival that brings forward the conversation and environmental movement of climate action. Continuously being supported by our notable partners, collaborators, esteemed media and the general public, we hope to continue to prosper and fight for a better world for everyone.”

To commit to the theme of this year’s KLEFF, Climate Action…Now!, Mr. Fadly Bakhtiar committed the partners to propagate 100 indigenous Malaysian forest trees by participating in the Taman Tugu Free Tree Society Nature Education Programme. This programme involves planting seeds/ stems of indigenous Malaysian forest plants which will be cared for at Taman Tugu. These seedlings/ saplings will then be given away to other national forest regeneration or ‘regreening’ programmes.

To kick start this commitment, Taman Tugu Project Development (“Taman Tugu”) gifted 3 of the Angsana tree saplings which were propagated at Taman Tugu to KLEFF and their partners, MNS and Kiehl’s  Malaysia to plant at their locations to further ‘regreen’ Malaysia.

The 12th KLEFF will be at two locations this year, Publika Solaris Dutamas (7–13 October) and IGEM (9–11 October). Find out more at or follow KLEFF_MY or EcoKnights on Facebook or Instagram for the latest updates.