Sunday, 31 July 2011

Yay! What a fantastic beginning for BEFF!

Hey there! First of all, thank you so much to all of you who attended the Borneo Eco Film Festival in Sandakan. It was great to see you there!

Here are some photos from the events. Apologies for the low quality photos. One of the camera lens broke during the journey to BEFF so had to rely on a standard lens. Enjoy!

Yasmin founder of Ecoknights


The venue!

The view from the venue is breathtaking!



Sabah's Minister of Youth and Sports also came with his family

Some of the speakers and organisers

Some of the fantastic musicians performing during the BEFF


Some of the audience

Thursday, 21 July 2011

30 Seconds film

Further to the previous post, you might be wondering "Huh, 30 seconds film! How can oh, why so short one!". Well, here's a 30 seconds short we found on Vimeo. So, no excuses. As often quoted in Sabah style : "Buli bah kalo ko!!" 

Is this your limb? 30 second short film. from Michael Ramsey on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

BEFF Shorts - Indie Movie Competition!

Hi there! We hope you have been checking the BEFF website every now and again. We have added more information and an updated programme. One of the new info we added is the BEFF Shorts - Indie Movie Competition. It runs until end of January 2012 and you are most welcomed to submit one or more entries. There are great prizes to be won, so don't wait till January 2012. If you start now, you have lots of time to do a few more films which means more practice and knowledge gained on filming and editing skills, and increased chances of winning! Bear in mind the film should not be longer than 30 seconds and with an 'eco' theme. 

You may want to film in large spaces or small spaces, about the sky or something closer to the ground or in between, it could be people, or you might consider flora or fauna... the options are endless.

We found this video "My Father's Garden" on Vimeo. As the title suggests, it was filmed in the filmmaker's father's small garden - "a small pond, some stones and plenty of life"! So, what's stopping you from making a short film of the ecosystem in your 5'0" wide balcony or maybe your cubicle in the office, or your house compound? Start nearer to home and who knows where it will lead you. Go on, start filming! We are looking forward to receive your submissions!

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Exciting Stuff at BEFF!

Well, we think we have the BEFF programme more or less sorted out and it is looking great! BEFF has also been mentioned in quite a few online media, websites, magazines and many more. Here are just a few of them:

Sabah Tourism Board Official Website

The Sabah Society blog

The Sun Daily

TimeOut KL

and even in IndiaTimes!

We are very happy indeed!

So, if you haven't booked your seats do email us at 

Do drop by this blogspot regularly because we will be announcing more exciting news... like how to win a Nikon camera at the festival!!

Monday, 4 July 2011

Hello and Dreamland

Hey there! Finally, this blog comes alive! It has been very hectic for the BEFF team for the last few weeks. Trying to organize a film festival is really tough.. there are just so many little details to sort out to ensure the smooth running of the festival but we are not complaining because it is worth all the effort! If you haven't check out the Borneo Eco Film Festival 2011 programme yet, you can see it here and be impressed with the line up!

Just sharing here with you some of our experience so far. The latest addition to the programme is the feature length documentary film "Dreamland", a multi-award winning film directed by Þorfinnur Guðnason and Andri Snær Magnason, two of Iceland's most talented filmmakers. Andri has kindly let BEFF have the film for free for screening in BEFF 2011, and BEFF is very grateful indeed to Andri and all those who has made this possible. Andri, by the way, is one of Iceland’s most celebrated young writers. He has written novels, poetry, plays, short stories, essays and CD’s before directing the documentary Dreamland (2009). His work has been published or performed in more than 25 countries. His novel, LoveStar was chosen “Novel of the year” by Icelandic booksellers in 2002, it received the DV Literary Award and a nomination to the Icelandic Literary Prize. Dreamland is based on his book of the same title.

The film asks the pertinent question: "How much unspoiled nature should we preserve and what do we sacrifice for clean, renewable energy?"