Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Borneo Eco Film Festival kicks off community filmmaking programme

KINABATANGAN: The Borneo Eco Film Festival (BEFF) recently kicked off its SUARA 2013 Community Filmmaking programme by organising a four-day community filmmaking workshop at Kampung Batu Puteh, near here.

Professional filmmaker Chris Chong and professional creative writer Melissa Leong were at the field to help the participants discover story-telling through filmmaking, specifically in exploring the narrative concept and ways to look for inspirations and ideas.

Fifteen community filmmakers took part in the workshop; three representatives of the local communities of Pinapak (Pitas), Alab Lanas (Sook), and Soguon (Tongod), two representatives from PACOS Trust, and five representatives from the HUTAN-Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Programme (KOCP) and the Batu Puteh Community Ecotourism Cooperative Ltd (KOPEL) respectively.

‘Suara’, which means ‘voice’ in Bahasa Melayu, is BEFF’s year-round training programme which encourages indigenous and local communities to express their own “voices” through the use of film, telling their own stories in their own words and images. SUARA 2013 is supported by SEDIA, as the main SUARA presenting partner and the Krishen Jit Astro Fund.

The SUARA programme supports community filmmakers from all over Sabah to make a series of films which will be screened at the annual Borneo Eco Film Festival, set for September 27 to 29 this year.

This is done by providing workshops and talks not only during the festival but also during year-round training sessions held at their respective communities.