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BEFF collaborates with UNICEF Malaysia for annual film festival

Published on 11 October 2018|
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Borneo Eco Film Festival is partnering up with UNICEF to raise awareness on children rights.

by Stanley P, Carrybeans

Borneo Eco Film Festival (BEFF), Sabah’s annual film festival event is returning this November. This year, they are collaborating with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to raise awareness on the environment and children’s rights.

Working together to achieve their goals

(L-R) Dinoza Mahruf, BEFF’s Board President; Marianne Clark-Hattingh, UNICEF-Malaysia representative; Melissa Leong, Programme Director of BEFF

BEFF recently announced that they collaborating with UNICEF-Malaysia for this year’s edition of the annual film festival. According to BEFF Programme Director Mellissa Leong, she believes that the collaboration will be advantageous to both parties.

“BEFF has always collaborated with partners who share the same goals and principles and we believe this partnership will prove mutually beneficial in achieving both our objectives.”
– Melissa Leong, Programme Director of BEFF

According to UNICEF-Malaysia representative Marianne Clark-Hattingh, the partnership is a natural collaboration as both shares the same goals.

“We want to raise awareness on children’s rights so that no child is left behind, and the importance of preserving our planet for future generations.”
– Marianne Clark-Hattingh, UNICEF-Malaysia representative

BEFF is organised by voluntary society Melapi, the Society for Holistic Outreach, Research and Environmental Action. This year, the film festival is entering its eighth year and will be supporting a few of United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). This includes sustainable cities and communities (SDG11), sustainable consumption and production (SDG12), reduced inequalities (SDG10) and gender equality (SDG5).

Making changes in Sabah through their Youth Action Agenda

The leaders for the Youth Action Agenda, (L-R) Daniella Han, Imelda Geoffrey and Nadine Stanley Mopilin

During the event, they also introduced the Young Leaders for Sustainability (YL4S) and their passion projects. YL4S is a group under BEFF Youth and Education Outreach. It is a platform for urban youths in Sabah to gain knowledge of real-world problem-solving for sustainability through workshops and volunteer work.

YL4S has been developing three projects that focus on sustainable practices for over a year. The projects, collectively known as Youth Action Agenda, are now entering the implementation stage. The projects are as follows:

  1. The ‘No Plastic Straw’ Campus (led by Imelda Geoffrey)
  2. Improve Waste Management at Pulau Gaya Through Youth Empowerment (led by Daniella Han)
  3. EcoYouth Green School Initiative (led by Nadine Stanley Mopilin)

YL4S was formed in May 2017 with the aim of providing a platform for young people who are passionate about the environment to put their ideas into action.

Boleh Bah Filem Kita!

Besides that, BEFF also announced Boleh Bah Filem Kita!, their annual short-film competition. The competition, named ‘My 60-Second Story’, requires participants to make and post a 1-minute video on Instagram based on the following themes:

  1. Ocean –  In awe of the sea
  2. Plastics – Reducing our plastic waste
  3. Food – Say no to food waste
  4. Children – Today’s Voice, Tomorrow’s Leaders

The competition is only opened to upper secondary school students and tertiary level students. According to BEFF’s Board President Dinoza Mahruf, they are trying to create a platform to encourage Sabah’s urban filmmakers to share their stories through creative visual means.

“This time, we are focussing on secondary school as well as college and university students. We want [to] see stories of sustainability through their perspective.”
– Dinoza Mahruf, BEFF’s Board President

The prizes are RM3,000, RM2,000 and RM1,000 for the first, second and third place winner, respectively. For more information on Boleh Bah Filem Kita!, just head over to the BEFF website.

Celebrating Borneo’s biocultural diversity through films

BEFF is a non-profit event where you can celebrate Borneo’s biodiversity through films and workshops. It aims to educate, expose and engage on issues surrounding ecology and culture in Sabah. So, if you are interested in attending BEFF,  it’ll be held in Suria Sabah, Kota Kinabalu on 2-4 November.

If you want to know more about BEFF and what they have prepared this year, click straight to their website.

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