The Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival, Sabah’s unique film festival, celebrates 10 years of success
Sabahans are very lucky.
Sabah has the Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival (KKIFF), the longest-running independent film festival in Malaysia with
- movie screenings from all round the world
- free talks
- free workshops
- free training
It also gives filmmakers from the region valuable exposure to internationally respected and recognised film industry professionals.
There isn’t a film festival like this anywhere in Malaysia.
2019 is the KKIFF’s 10th anniversary – it has developed from an event that screened only three French films to a Festival that takes place all over KK and is open to all!
It sees its role as
- showing movies by independent SEA filmmakers instead of only advertising and highlighting Malaysian made films.
- promoting film making throughout the region, giving local and regional films equal recognition to international films
- inviting filmmakers from all over SEA, Taiwan, Korea and HK to submit films, join inspiring workshops and come for busy screenings. This also promotes Sabah to the region as a vibrant, forward-looking place to make and enjoy films
- being a vital networking opportunity that benefits everyone involved in the film industry.
What are we launching today?
For documentary, narrative, indigenous language and Malaysia Day short films around the theme of CELEBRATION. This is open to ASEAN countries, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong. It is sponsored by the Sabah Tourism Board.
Submissions through FilmFreeway by 31 July 2019.
An opportunity to screen new work by independent filmmakers from around South-East Asia, Taiwan, Korea and Hong Kong.
We welcome films of any length and any genre. Be sure to submit your work through FilmFreeway by 17 May.
We usually show two programmes of shorts, as well as three to four feature-length films – KKIFF 2017 featured 18 films from 9 countries.
This will allow filmmakers to work with regional and international film industry professionals from Germany, Spain, New Zealand and Malaysia (eg Al Jafree Mhd Yusop, Georg Zengerling, Isazaly Isa…)
They will make either a short documentary or narrative which will be screened on Awards Night, 15 September 2019.
This year we offer participants certificates from the NZ Film Academy, which is sending an assessor for the length of the course in September.
Applications (through www.kkiff.com) close 31 June.
Documentary filmmakers from the ASEAN region, Taiwan, Korea and Hong Kong will learn how to prepare, practise and present a pitch for a feature-length documentary to a panel of film industry professionals.
Applications through our website by the 31 July.
We are very happy to have continuing support from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Environment; the Goethe-Institute; SEDIA; the Japan Foundation (together with Consulate here in KK); the NZ High Commission; the Alliance Francaise, French Embassy and Institut Francais; the Embassies of Italy, Argentina and Brazil; MBO Imago Mall
We welcome new sponsors : My Creative Ventures, YB Chan (P172 Parliament Kota Kinabalu); Blackmagic Design; YB Phoong (Luyang); Daily Express; Le Meridien.
Any new sponsorship or support is always welcome. Please contact Jude Day (014 35 14 298) or Hazli (016 5522435)
Put it in your diary, check the programme on our website and Facebook, and make sure you attend films showings, or use this exciting opportunity to work on an original short film.
For further information, photos and interviews, contact:
Jude Day, Festival Director – 014 3514298 / (088) 490246
Hazli Ali Zapar, Festival Manager – 016 5522435