WWF joins the party at Borneo Eco Film Festival
This year’s Borneo Eco Film Festival 2013 is set to be more exciting with the coming on board of WWF-Malaysia as its official partner in Boleh Bah Filem Kita! The festival, which will be held from Sept 27 to 29, aims to highlight the relationship between local people and Borneo’s natural heritage through the showcasing of environmental films.
The “Boleh Bah Filem Kita!”, which is one of the core events of the festival, is an eco-film competition where local film-makers show how people relate to their environment through a short-film. WWF-Malaysia executive director and chief executive officer Datuk Dr Dionysius Sharma described the partnership as synergistic.”The annual film festival aims to celebrate Borneo’s bio-cultural diversity and WWF-Malaysia has the mission to achieve a future where people live in harmony with nature.
“We are pleased to support this event as their goals are very much in line with ours. The relationship between people and their natural environment has never been so vulnerable,” he said in a statement, yesterday.WWF-Malaysia believes that a better future can be achieved with awareness and education and the BEFF is an exemplary platform for this, he added.
To encourage more participation, WWF-Malaysia will present a special award for the best video theme on the proposed Tun Mustapha Park, the largest marine protected area in Malaysia once it is gazetted. The film must be under 10 minutes, shot in Borneo by people who live in Borneo, and the submission date has been extended from Aug 15 to Aug 31, while admission to the three-day film festival is free.
Besides that, the festival also aims to nurture film-making among local communities through a series of workshops named SUARA Komuniti where the local communities will have the chance to tell their own stories with their own voices. WWF-Malaysia is supporting community members from Semporna Priority Conservation Area and the proposed Tun Mustapha Park to participate and benefit from the film-making workshops. For information, visit the official website for the Borneo Eco Film Festival 2013.