The international Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival is Malaysia’s first and longest-running environmental film festival. In the last eight years, the Festival has reached out to approximately 80,000 Malaysians through its film screenings and programs at selected venues all over the Peninsula.
Conceptualized and organized by not-for-profit environmental organization, EcoKnights, the Festival is a platform to facilitate building a nation of ecologically conscious businesses, individuals, and communities through on-ground activities and film screenings focused on critical environmental issues and stories such as pollution, trans-boundary haze, indigenous people’s rights, wildlife protection, nuclear energy, climate change, sustainable food production, waste management, local environmental heroes and more.
We hope that the audiences will leave feeling that they can be a part of the solution to environmental problems. With a growing public awareness for the environment, the Festival aims to increase this groundswell through inspiring and educational films which hopefully will motivate people to go out and make a difference in their community and around the world. We involve environmental organizations and green businesses through the Green Market, where groups can share opportunities to get involved and promote sustainable consumption and productions.While we will feature national and international films, we also hope to highlight the works of local filmmakers and foster an interest in environmental film making through mentoring and a filmmaking forum. An important component is the opportunity for open discussion related to the films, either with filmmakers or with experts on the film’s topic.
Our goal is to model sustainability in all areas of the film festival, including: reducing waste and providing recycling at screenings and events (with a goal of “Zero Waste”); offsetting carbon emissions; using recycled materials; encouraging the use of public transportation and carpooling; supporting local, organic, and fair trade producers.