Welcome to the SUARA PUBLIKA programme.


SUARA PUBLIKA is a curated series of educational talks, fringe screenings #BEFF365) and interactive seminars featuring international and local scientists, conservationists, community- based groups, storytellers, musicians, and filmmakers, who present exciting workshops and talks about some of the key cultural and environmental issues in Sabah, Borneo and Malaysia today, that is presented following up to the main festival weekend. Our Youth & Education Outreach also falls under this umbrella where we engage the urban youth to discuss and take part in everyday environmental and social issues through workshops, talks, activities and Youth Leadership through Young Leaders for Sustainability (YL4S) initiatives.

Exciting, engaging and educational, PUBLIKA sessions are designed to be casual and fun learning experiences where we can discover the inter-connections between filmmaking and environmental conservation through the stories of some of the best organisations and individuals working in Sabah, Borneo and Malaysia.

The Publika Programme aims to harness the power of film and storytelling to engage and connect urban communities in Kota Kinabalu, especially the youth, with sustainable practices and inspire ecologically conscientious everyday actions. Activities combine film and high-impact visual storytelling with hands-on experiential learning to disseminate new knowledge, enable discussion of issues, and offer practical solutions that can be taken on a day-to-day basis. The films selected in the Cinema Programme will be used as the basis for engaging with Publika participants – the issues, conflicts and solutions presented in the films will be related to a Sabahan (and Bornean) context to open-up participants’ thinking of sustainable ways forward in their local communities.

PUBLIKA workshops and talks are open to the public and suitable for all ages.



  • Suara Publika


    BEFF 365 is where we collaborate with other organisations and events to draw attention to a particular topic by co-hosting a film screening accompanied by an interactive talk. BEFF 365 screenings take place outside of the festival weekend in different locations around Kota Kinabalu and feature talks by leading local

  • Suara Publika


      Young Leaders for Sustainability (YL4S) is Publika’s new and exciting hub for young people to learn about the issues and confront real-world challenges in sustainability. Launched in May 2017, a total of 37 youths from various tertiary institutions in Kota Kinabalu have signed-up for YL4S, representing a range of

  • General


    BEFF’s youth outreach programme is about us wanting to understand how our youth connects with the issues surrounding social and environmental change and resilience.