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Festival's Basic Information

Festival name
Festival's short name
Foundation year


General contact email
Name and contact of the Director or organizers max. 3 persons.

Melissa Leong


Kota Kinabalu

ZIP Code


Other non-cinematographic activities of the festival: panels, conferences, etc.
  • BEFF Environmental Youth Conference 2019
  • Suara Community Filmmaking workshops for rural and indigenous filmmakers
Does the festival have an educational section/activities?
Does the festival have a market or industry activities?
Average of short films during the festival
Average of feature films during the festival
Average of documentaries during the festival
Average of fiction films during the festival
Average of animation films during the festival
How many prizes or competitive sections does the festival have?


In how many cities does the festival happen?


How many films have been programmed in all the festival throughout all its editions?


In how many venues does the festival take place? How many private vs public.

We are going mainly online for 2020.

How many screenings are held during the festival and how many during the Tour.


Festival Dates

Festival Dates

August 11, 2020

Link to website

General contact email

Festival short description

BEFF is an annual film festival held in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. It comprises of three core programmes: Environmental Cinema, Publika (an education outreach platform for urban communities, focusing on youth)  and its flagship Suara Community Filmmaking programme designed for rural and indigenous communities. BEFF’s overall goal is to use film and storytelling to engage and connect local communities with the global and local themes underpinning the concept of sustainability, and build new knowledge about the issues related to environmental conservation and cultural resilience in Borneo, and beyond. The film festival is organised by the voluntary registered society Melapi [0918-12-SBH] and is based in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

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