7th Borneo Eco Film Festival
22 - 24 September 2017
5th & 6th Floor, Suria Sabah Shopping Mall

#BEFF365 Fringe Screenings
September - December 2017

*Free Entrance | First come first serve basis

BEFF365: FEATHER FEATURE

Date: 21st October 2017, Saturday
Time: 1930hrs (7:30pm)
Venue: MERCATO, Basement, IMAGO MALL, Kota Kinabalu

*In collaboration with the 9th Borneo Bird Festival 2017*

SCREENING INFO
Title: The Messenger (2015)
Duration: 90 min
Date: Sat, 21st October
Time: 1930hrs (7:30pm)
Venue: MERCATO, Basement, IMAGO MALL, Kota Kinabalu

FREE PUBLIKA TALK | Sat, the 21st of October | Time: 1900hrs (7:00pm)
‘Bird Trade in Asia’ by Serene Chng, Programme Officer at TRAFFIC Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is home to over 850 avian species, and keeping birds as pets is desirable for their song, their beauty, cultural beliefs, and a multitude of reasons. Sadly, this high demand and volume for domestic and international bird trade, involving hundreds of species and thousands of individual birds, has resulted in many sought-after species are facing dramatic declines. This presentation will give an overview of the scale of the trade across Southeast Asia and more specifically in Borneo. It will also highlight some of the species most affected by the trapping and trade, and share conservation efforts being taken to mitigate the threat to our precious birds.

Borneo Bird Festival is a celebration of the magnificent birds of Borneo, it is aimed to create public awareness to bird conservation, to promote Birdwatching, and enhance the eco-tourism activities. In Borneo, a total of 688 resident and migratory species of bird, with 60 species are endemic.

It has imparted knowledge and awareness of these wonderful natural creatures especially to the younger generations. Through a number of birding and photography competitions, giving due recognition to our passionate birders and photographers. Furthermore, the event has created bonds among its participants from different walks of life both local and international and in one way or another, they are now incline to support more conservation acts.

Sabah Malaysian Borneo, a renowned eco-tourism destination among nature lovers for its flora and fauna as well as the vast array of bird habitats. Borneo’s accumulated record, a total of 688 resident and migratory species of bird; 60 endemic species where 33 of these endemics are found in Sabah’s hill slopes and montane forest.

COMING SOON!

SCREENING INFO
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BEFF365: RESCUING RHINOS AND PROTECTING PANGOLINS

Date: 27th September 2017, Wednesday
Time: 1900hrs (7:00pm)
Venue: BENTARAKATA (Orked Mag), Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu
(Above Affin Bank, Opposite Alliance Bank)

SCREENING INFO
Title: Operation Sumatran Rhino (2016)
Duration: 44 min

SCREENING INFO
Title: Borneo Jungle Diaries: Episode 2
(“Pangolins: Tagging a Warrior”) (2017)
Duration: 7 min 11 sec

SCREENING INFO
Title: Pangolin (2016)
Duration: 13 min

Panel Session with John Payne
John Payne is a biologist, resident in Malaysia and Indonesia since the 1970s. His interest centres on methods to prevent the extinction of endangered species, which requires viewing all individual animals in the context of population management, and how each individual might contribute to maintaining viable populations long term.

Panel Session with Elisa Panjang
Elisa Panjang was born and raised at Sandakan, Sabah. Currently, she is doing her PhD at Cardiff University specializing in the landscape ecology and behaviour study of Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica), a critically endangered species. Her research methods involved sign survey, camera trapping, satellite telemetry and survey on local knowledge. Elisa is also the Pangolin Conservation Officer for Danau Girang Field Centre, Sabah and responsible for the pangolin conservation education program in Sabah. Elisa received her BSc (Hons.) in Conservation Biology and a MSc in Ecological Processes at Universiti Malaysia Sabah. She also holds a Diploma in Civil Engineering from Politeknik Kota Kinabalu. In 2014, Elisa became a member of the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group where she is actively involved in coordinating strategies for pangolin globally.

BEFF365: OCEAN UNDER THE STARS

Date: 30th September 2017, Saturday
Time: 1930hrs (7:30pm)
Venue: Kinabalu Field, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu

SCREENING INFO
Title: Chasing Coral (2017)
Duration: 90 min

SCREENING INFO
Title: Jonas and the Sea (2015)
*South East Asian Premiere*
Duration: 12 min

Notes:
Bring your own mats that evening. (Just in case sun loungers are full)
Please do not litter; there are recycling bins around the area.
Movie patrons can use the restrooms on the 2nd level, in front of the Tanjung function room.

*Outside food and drinks are not permitted on the resort’s grounds. Food can also be purchased at the seven restaurants and bars in the resort.

BEFF365: SURF'S UP!

Date: 13th October 2017, Friday
Time: 2000hrs (8:00pm)
Venue: Black Box KK, 8th Floor, Suria Sabah Shopping Mall
Co-hosted by BEFF and Sabah Surfing Association; Supported by Sri Pelancongan Sabah

Co-hosted by BEFF and Sabah Surfing Association
Supported by Sri Pelancongan Sabah

SCREENING INFO
Title: Gaza Surf Club (2016)
Duration: 87 min
Date: Fri, 13th October
Time: 2000hrs (8:00pm)
Venue: Blackbox Theatre KK, 8th Floor, Suria Sabah Shopping Mall

OPENING NIGHT FILMS

SCREENING INFO
Title: Mount Kinabalu – North Borneo, 1961
*World Premiere*
Duration: 29 min
Date: Fri, 22nd September 2017
Time: 1830hrs (6:30pm)
Venue: Suria Sabah Shopping Mall (5th Floor, Event Hall)

SCREENING INFO
Title: Jago: A Life Underwater (2015)
Duration: 45 min
Date: Fri, 22nd September 2017
Time: 1730hrs (5:30pm)

SCREENING INFO
Title: RiverBlue (2016)
*South East Asian Premiere*
Duration: 95 min
Date: Fri, 22nd September 2017
Time: 1930hrs (7:30pm)

SCREENING INFO
Title: Fractured Land (2015)
*Asian Premiere*
Duration: 75 min
Date: Fri, 22nd September 2017
Time: 2130hrs (9:30pm)

MORE FILMS

SCREENING INFO
Title: Change (2016)
Duration: 5 min 23 sec
Date: Sat, 23rd September 2017
Time: 1100hrs (11:00am)

SCREENING INFO
Title: Sticks and Stones (2014)
Duration: 3 min 35 sec
Date: Sat, 23rd September 2017
Time: 1100hrs (11:00am)

SCREENING INFO
Title: 1Minute Nature (2016)
Duration: 4 min
Date: Sat, 23rd September 2017
Time: 1100hrs (11:00am)

SCREENING INFO
Title: 56 (2015)
Duration: 28 min
Date: Sat, 23rd September 2017
Time: 1300hrs (1:00pm)

SCREENING INFO
Title: The Master Weaver (2016)
Duration: 4 min 32 sec
Date: Sat, 23rd September 2017
Time: 1300hrs (1:00pm)

SCREENING INFO
Title: La Laguna (2016)
Duration: 38 min
Date: Sat, 23rd September 2017
Time: 1400hrs (2:00pm)

SCREENING INFO
Title: Bugs on the Menu (2016)
*Asian Premiere*
Duration: 78 min
Date: Sat, 23rd September 2017
Time: 1630hrs (4:30pm)

SCREENING INFO
Title: Lovely Bones (2015)
Duration: 16 min
Date: Sat, 23rd September 2017
Time: 1830hrs (6:30pm)

SCREENING INFO
Title: Footprint: Population, Consumption and Sustainability (2016)
Duration: 82 min
Date: Sat, 23rd September 2017
Time: 1830hrs (6:30pm)

SCREENING INFO
Title: Straws (2017)
*Asian Premiere*
Duration: 30 min
Date: Sun, 24th September 2017
Time: 1230hrs (12:30pm)

SCREENING INFO
Title: Happy (2011)
Duration: 78 min
Date: Sun, 24th September 2017
Time: 1430hrs (2:30pm)

SCREENING INFO
Title: Gardeners of the Forest (2016)
Duration: 15 min
Date: Sun, 24th September 2017
Time: 1615hrs (4:15pm)

SCREENING INFO
Title: Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Story (2016)
Duration: 90 min
Date: Sun, 24th September 2017
Time: 1615hrs (4:15pm)

SCREENING INFO
Title: 1Minute Nature (2016)
Duration: 4 min
Date: Sun, 24th September 2017
Time: 2000hrs (8:00pm)

SCREENING INFO
Title: Kedi (2016)
Duration: 80 min
Date: Sun, 24th September 2017
Time: 2000hrs (8:00pm)

The Elephant Spotlight

POST-SREENING PANEL SESSION | Sunday, the 24th of September | 1745hrs (5:45pm)
By Nurzhafarina binti Othman, Dr. Laura Benedict and Koro McWesley

Dr. Laura Benedict from Sabah’s Wildlife Rescue Unit and Koro McWesley, representing the Telupid community and their work with the elephant population, share their stories on Borneo’s gentle giants, the elephant. Dr. Laura shares her wide experience in rescue and translocation efforts while Koro provides an interesting community perspective on the human-elephant relationship.

 

Nurzhafarina binti Othman is a Malaysian national being trained in various subjects towards the conservation of the Bornean elephant in Sabah. She graduated with her first degree and Master in Conservation Biology and Conservation Genetics at Universiti Malaysia Sabah and is currently finishing her Doctoral studies at Cardiff University. She is very fortunate to be able to follow and observe daily activities and behavior of elephant groups at Lower Kinabatangan and she enjoys learning the personality of these elephants. Apart from her PhD research, she has also been involved in the management aspect of Bornean elephant where she was a committee member during the establishment of the latest Action Plan for Bornean elephant and has been invited to speak about the plight and conservation of Bornean elephant both at national and international levels. Elephants are close to her heart and she plans to continue working with this species in the future.

Wax Straw-making Workshop

FREE WORKSHOP | Sunday, the 24th of September | 1300hrs (1:00pm)
Pre-registration by Monday, 18th of September

Say “Tak Nak Straw”, “不要吸管” or “No Straws”. Children ages 7 and above are invited to join a free wax straw-making workshop on Sunday, the 24th of September. Conducted by Carolyn Lau, founder of citizen-led initiative Tak Nak Straw! (under the Sampah Menyampah programme) from Kuala Lumpur, the workshop aims to encourage people to explore alternatives to plastic straws.

We need to rethink the habit of using plastic straws. It seems like such a small thing but single-use plastic straws are really bad for the environment. They don’t biodegrade and it takes hundreds of years to break down. They fill up landfills and end up in waterways and the ocean, which then endangers our marine life.

However, we only have 20 spaces and pre-registration is required.

Those who wish to join the workshop can submit their name and contact details to admin@beff.org.my no later than Monday, 18th of September.

‘Straws’ will be screened on Sunday, 24th September at 12:30pm, immediately followed by the wax straw-making workshop.

Mount Kinabalu Talk

FREE TALK | Sunday, the 24th of September | 1130hrs (11:30am)
By The Sabah Society

‘A Glimpse into the remote corners of Kinabalu’ by Dr. Ravi Mandalam

Mount Kinabalu, the iconic mountain, is perhaps the most commanding sight on the island of Borneo. The mountain is a World Heritage site and a major tourist attraction. Every year tourists in thousands trek up its well-maintained trail to the highest point – the summit of Low’s Peak.

Beyond this well-trodden trail, there are vast areas of Kinabalu that seldom see human visitation. I will venture to share with the audience, glimpses of the grandeur of some of these remote vistas which I have been fortunate to visit.

Speaker’s Profile
Dr Ravi Mandalam is a radiologist by profession and has been working as a consultant at the KPJ Sabah Specialist Hospital and its forerunner Sabah Medical Centre since 1994.

He has a longstanding interest in Mount Kinabalu. Apart from having climbed the mountain several times, he has also authored and  co-authored, many books on Kinabalu, namely, The Hugh Low Trail, East Kinabalu, 40th Anniversary Monograph on the Royal Society Expeditions, The Kotal Route Sketches and The Bowen Route Chronicles.

He is a life member of the Sabah Society and currently the President of the Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu. He will present a talk on his many varied experiences in trekking through the remote parts of Mt Kinabalu.

‘Improving rural village incomes and nature sustainability – Bird and nature guiding training’ by Dr. Stephen Sutton

Speaker’s Profile:
Forest insect researcher in Sabah since 1988. Organiser of overseas researchers at Danum Valley for 10 years. Was involved with David Attenborough on the Living Planet TV series and briefly with Channel 8TV on the ‘Let’s Cycle’ series. He has published 70 journal papers and written or edited 9 books. He is now working with the Borneensis Museum in UMS on moth mega-biodiversity.

Life Lessons: Access to Education for Underprivileged Children

POST-SREENING PANEL SESSION | Saturday, the 23rd of September | 1430hrs (2:30pm)
By Anne Lasimbang, Dharma Lingam and Sylvia Jeanes

Following the screening of BEFF’s indigenous and education-themed films, a panel sits down to discuss a Sabahan perspective on access to education for underprivileged children. Find out the efforts, challenges and triumphs in the pursuit of knowledge for many of Sabah’s underprivileged children and youth. Speaking on the panel are PACOS (Partners of Community Organisation) Trust Founder and Executive Director, Anne Lasimbang; Harvest Centre Borneo’s Dharma Lingam and Founder and Principal of Rainbow of Hope, Sylvia Jeanes (also known as Ibu Suria).

Green Storytelling

CIHLDREN’S PROGRAMME | Saturday, the 23th of September | 1030hrs (10:30am)
Special appearance of Guling the Pangolin!

Green storytelling session for children of all ages! Come meet our #BEFF2017 mascot, Gulung the Pangolin.

A dedicated session for the little ones at Borneo Eco Film Festival this year!

Don’t miss these three animations after the Green Storytelling!

Change
(2016, Singapore, Kerlow, I., 5 min 23 sec)

Sticks and Stones
(2014, Canada, King, I., 3 min 35 sec)

1Minute Nature
(2016, The Netherlands, Visjager, S., 4 min)

The BEFF Eco Art Carnival features the collaborative work of artists who will be showcasing eco-themed art installations. The carnival is also a great opportunity to check out and purchase the art and craftwork of local craftmakers and artisans. There will be three main art groups participating, namely Persatuan Seni Visual Sabah (PSVS), Decorative Art and Craft Club and the collective from University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF).

One of the artistic highlights in BEFF this year is an Orang Utan Art Installation, called ‘Love Me, Love My Home’ featuring painted portraits of Sabah’s iconic primate. These portraits – which are also for sale – will be symbolically hung on branches along the corridor leading to the venue, replicating the natural habitat of the Orang Utan. Visitors are invited to write and hang their eco-friendly pledge on these branches.

“We must acknowledge the fact that our world supports a huge variety of life and we need to respect this. We need to share and live together and not rob the animal kingdom of their natural heritage,” she said.

Persatuan Seni Visual Sabah (PSVS)

Adrian Ho

Awang Fadilah

Christianne Goonting

Kinabalu Art Group

Explore the work of Daiman Bona, Norsiah Monjurong, Mastini Asap, Patrick Monjong, Galdius Ganting, Jentivilla, and Toney Gondolos!

Anne Bidin

Anne has always been interested in art from a young age and decided to revive and nurture her artistic talent more recently. The beauty of nature and the surrounding landscapes inspire Anne’s acrylic paintings. Her works are colorful and fresh.

Chokolate bah!

Give chocolate a chance in your beauty routine. Experience a chocolate sugar scrub like never before. And for the lips that glow, a chocolate lip treatment, in the most sensual and natural way.

Chokolate bah! is a local home-based business by mom-preneur Nancy P. Liew. The love for natural skincare that is friendly, trusted and fun on the skin lead the way to Chokolate bah!

Decorative Art and Craft group

Susan Rao and Felenee Lu are the Decorative Arts and Crafts artists. Susan has been doing creative and delicate craft work for more than 20 years, specializing in decoupage, cross stitch and mixed media work. A varietyof bottles, upcycled tin cans and containers have new life in Susan’s hands. Felenee Lu specialises in hand-painted functional art, mostly featuring animals and nature.

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Lego Minifigure Accessories like bracelet, earrings, necklace, brooch, keychain, ID card holder, badge reel, hp/pen drive strap, fridge magnet and more for grabs!

Woody Knots

A couple from Land Below the Wind, Borneo. Making stuff from reclaimed wood and knotting strings.

Fiasoart

Upcoming freelance artist Abdullah Ehlid Al Walid, with his work on nature and wildlife.

Nature Inspiration Art Gallery [NIAG]

NIAG [Nature Inspiration Art Gallery] was established in 2014 to develop and groom young artists in Sabah with the necessary skill to improve the competitiveness in the market. NIAG was placed under the University College Sabah Foundation.

Participated in more than 10 exhibitions throughout the country and notably, were invited to exhibit the paintings in Kuala- Lumpur in 2014 and 2015 for 1MCAT [1Malaysia Contemporary Art Tourism Festival] and KLOB [Kuala Lumpur Orchid Bonsai Show].

The Pink DinosoAr

The Pink DinosoAr specialises in handmade items ranging from jewelry, miniatures to pouches. Our jewelry and miniatures are mostly made from polymer clay and are all individually handsculpted while our pouches are designed with a twist of local influences and are either hand painted and/or hand embroidered.

Nature Inspiration Art Gallery [NIAG]

NIAG [Nature Inspiration Art Gallery] was established in 2014 to develop and groom young artists in Sabah with the necessary skill to improve the competitiveness in the market. NIAG was placed under the University College Sabah Foundation.

Participated in more than 10 exhibitions throughout the country and notably, were invited to exhibit the paintings in Kuala- Lumpur in 2014 and 2015 for 1MCAT [1Malaysia Contemporary Art Tourism Festival] and KLOB [Kuala Lumpur Orchid Bonsai Show].

NGO Friends

The Sabah Society
The Sabah Society is a non-government / non-profit organisation founded in 1960 by a group of enthusiasts who were eager to record and preserve interesting and important aspects of the history, culture and natural history of Sabah which might be lost in the increasing surge forward towards modernization. Among the notable achievements of The Sabah Society and its members are the establishment of the Sabah Museum and the Sabah Parks.

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Tak Nak Straw
Say “Tak Nak Straw”, “不要吸管” or “No Straws”. Be amazed how this small action will benefit not only the environment but you and your children.

Make a pledge of refusing single use plastic straw. Big impact starts from little step. Together we can make a difference.

#TakNakStraw#PlasticPollutes#NoMoreStraws

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沙巴荒野保護協會 SOW Sabah
Society of Wilderness Sabah (SOW Sabah) is a non-profit organisation in Kota Kinabalu that wishes to promote awareness of nature conservation, provide opportunities and environment needed for nature education to the general public. We hope to train people for conservation activities and encourage them to be nature observer while raising funds for protection of wild land.

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Green Semporna
Green Semporna, also known as Kelab Pencinta Alam Semporna is a registered youth club which consist of more than 200 volunteers. The volunteers are mostly local youth of Semporna that concerned on environmental issue and give a full commitment in conducting and joining the environmental programme in Semporna. Green Semporna also involves in empowering the local community especially youth in managing the marine resources sustainably. In addition to it, Green Semporna also to make Semporna and its society to practice a green and ecofriendly lifestyle. For more information about Green Semporna, please visit Green Semporna Facebook page (greensemporna).

Raleigh Sabah Society
A Raleigh expedition is a challenging programme that empowers diverse groups of young people to contribute to sustainable development projects. Use your energy and creativity to inspire positive change on a Raleigh International expedition. You can volunteer for 5, 7 or 10 weeks in Borneo. 

All you need is an open mind, commitment and a desire to change your world for the better.

Good Shepherd Services (GSS)
Good Shepherd Services (GSS) is a not-for-profit organisation registered with the Companies Commission of Malaysia. The focus of GSS is to reach out and welcome each person with respect and dignity, accompanying each one with care and compassion.

GSS has extensive grassroots services in Malaysia, both residential and outreach, reaching out to women/girls in pregnancy and other forms of crisis, women and their children experiencing domestic violence, children and youth who have limited access to educational opportunities.  The outreach programmes focus on empowering disadvantaged communities who have minimal access to human development, social awareness and leadership programs.

GSS has been in Sabah since 1988 and operates Pusat Jagaan Seri Murni, Asrama Desa Pukak, Asrama Komuniti Tulid, YouthPREP Center Alamesra and a number of rural community development projects which include Socio-Economic Development project in Kg Kiau Nuluh and a project on the safety and protection of the girl-child in Tambunan.