Welcome to the SUARA COMMUNITY FILMMAKING programme.


SUARA logo“Suara” is the Malay word for Voice.

Everyone should have the opportunity to tell their stories in their own words and images.


SUARA COMMUNITY FILMMAKING is a tailor-made training programme for aspiring indigenous and local community filmmakers in Sabah. Through thematic and intensive workshops helmed by leading professionals in the Malaysian film industry, Suara Community filmmakers learn to harness the power of images and sound to tell the stories about their communities, experiences, the environments around them and worldviews related to Borneo’s biocultural heritage.


This is the heart of Borneo Eco Film Festival’s community filmmaking journey.

Each year, indigenous and local community filmmakers from villages across Sabah will converge at the highlight festival to share their delightful and compelling stories with you!

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    Suara Community Filmmaking is a year-long capacity building programme where we work with indigenous and local community filmmakers from all over Sabah to capture and communicate their stories, experiences and worldviews related to Borneo's biocultural heritage. This is the heart of BEFF's community filmmaking journey.

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    The principle material outputs of the Suara community filmmaking programme include the completion of SUARA FILMS and their screening to the general public during the festival. Films were shot on location in the participants’ communities, and represent the culmination of efforts undertaken throughout the year-long Suara training.