The Borneo Eco Film Festival (BEFF) was founded in 2011 and is an annual non-profit event celebrating Borneo’s biocultural diversity through showcasing environmental films and nurturing local community filmmaking.
Our goals are to ‘Educate’ through new knowledge on ecological and cultural issues; ‘Expose’ through environmental films that stimulate discussion; and ‘Engage’ storytellers through a platform for community filmmaking.
We have three main components to the festival:
1) Suara Community Filmmaking Programme – ‘Suara’ means ‘Voice’ in the Malay language. Our flagship training program that supports rural and indigenous communities in Sabah to make short films that tell the stories important for them, with their own images and in their own voice.
2) Suara Publika – A curated series of educational talks, fringe screenings and interactive seminars featuring international and local scientists, conservationists, community-based groups, storytellers, musicians, and filmmakers, that is presented following up to the main festival weekend. Our Youth & Education Outreach Programme 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 initiatives.
3) Environmental Cinema – A presentation of educational films on cultural and environmental topics shown during the festival weekend when rural and urban communities converge to share this experience together. Each year, films are hand-picked by our team in partnership with other film programmers from around the world. We make special effort to ensure that film transcripts are translated and films subtitled in Bahasa Malaysia, making this rich content accessible to local audiences. These films are meant to be thought-provoking; they push the boundaries of filmmaking and storytelling, bridge distant histories with contemporary aspirations for the future, and celebrate diversity