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The Singapore Eco Film Festival 2020: Are you ready to celebrate and accelerate eco solutions?

The 5th edition of the annual Singapore Eco Film Festival (SGEFF) returns this year in November. Presented virtually, SGEFF will showcase 10 films beginning 14th November. A special one-night only opening film on November 19th will mark the start of the festival’s activities from 20th - 22nd November. 

The theme for this year’s festival is RE(GENERATION): How can we collectively work together to create a regenerative culture in our social and natural systems? When we realise everything is interconnected, we explore ways to move from a space of ego to eco to create an inclusive system and thriving planet for us and future generations. In addition to the films, there will be an exciting line-up of panels, Q&A with filmmakers, storytelling sessions and more. 

“With everything that’s happened in 2020 — from climate disasters to covid —  there has never been a more important time to accelerate solutions for a more regenerative & sustainable future. This year’s virtual edition of SGEFF is symbolic of the resilience of our eco community; as our incredible volunteers have gone above and beyond to create an amazing lineup of breathtaking films and inspiring activities; proving that this generation is ready to take real action to conserve our planet! ”  

·         -Jacqui Hocking, Executive Director and Co-Founder  

Headlining the festival on opening night is the recently launched acclaimed Netflix feature Kiss the Ground. The film highlights the importance of regenerating the world’s soils, so that we can completely and rapidly stabilise Earth’s climate and restore lost ecosystems. 

“Singapore’s vertical and rooftop garden programme is an exciting example for other cities to look toward  as the world moves into this new era of regeneration. We are grateful to the festival and honoured to have Kiss the Ground as part of this year’s lineup.”

·         - Josh Tickell, Filmmaker, Kiss The Ground

Included in the programming is also the award-winning documentary Riverblue, following international conservationist, Mark Angelo as he spans the globe to infiltrate one of the world’s most pollutive industries, fashion. Fair Traders, presented in partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland in Singapore, explores three inspiring and determined entrepreneurs who operate ethically to reconcile profit and morals.  

Cao-vit Gibbon’s Ark follows the tenacious survival story of the mysterious ape and is the world’s first documentary of this species, under the strict protection from both Chinese and Vietnamese governments. Piscis Ludicrous/ Transfixed Gaze_Lygophilia by artist Robertina Šebjanič immerses us in the world of the axolotl - a species disappearing in the wild as their natural habitat is being destroyed, while propagated for scientific exploitation of its regenerative abilities. Her video essay is supported by the Ministry of Culture of R. Slovenia and Sektor Institute. 

“The Singapore Eco Film Festival is a fantastic initiative to raise awareness and to engage the community on environmental challenges faced globally. The theme of RE(GENERATION) is highly relevant for governments to take notice of, for industries to adhere to, and for individuals to make changes.” 

– H.E. Fabrice Filliez, Ambassador of Switzerland to Singapore

SGEFF is also delighted to announce Singaporean-LA based Actress, Producer, Host and Eco Advocate Elizabeth Lazan as the first Eco Ambassador, assisting in the programme curation and hosting the opening night. She brings her philosophy of ‘eco mindfulness’ to moderate the Sustainable Fashion and Climate Anxiety panels. 

“Taking the festival online this year brings the opportunity to connect our audience to filmmakers, conservationists and innovators from all over the world. The panels and other activities are designed to engage participants on serious issues in an accessible way. SGEFF is not just for nature lovers, climate and environmental activists but for anyone who wants to re-imagine a  way to live and heal ourselves, our communities and our environment!

- Adeline Seah, Festival Director and Co-Founder

Once again, the festival is powered by volunteers and free to all. For a full list of films and activities, please refer to our website for updated programming. SGEFF aims to inform, inspire and energise our current and next generation of eco thinkers and doers.

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Upon release, a full schedule can be found at: https://sgeff.com 

For PRESS contacts, images, interviews or other queries, please contact:

PRESS@SGEFF.com / ADELINE@SGEFF.COM / SG Whatsapp: +65 84545945

For more Photos of the 2018 Festival see: 

https://goo.gl/photos/TukdK4iuMRdPAV9G9 and  https://goo.gl/photos/EJ2kD8fESXtE6xCZA 

© Pangolin Productions Pte. Ltd. 

About SGEFF

The annual Singapore Eco Film Festival (SGEFF) is an inspirational event bringing together eco organisations, storytellers and artists to celebrate the efforts of environmental groups locally and internationally to accelerate the changes needed to secure a safe & sustainable future. The festival aims to foster more collaboration, raise awareness & ignite a public passion towards protecting our environment in Singapore & beyond!

For more information, check out www.sgeff.com

Instagram: https://instagram.com/sgeff / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SGEFFest/ 

Adeline Seah (Co-founder & Festival Director)

ADELINE SEAH, Ph.D. is a molecular biologist and storyteller who currently splits her time between consulting at messagingLAB and serving as Chief Operating Officer at VSStory, a Singapore-based strategic storytelling company. Adeline has completed several postdocs, working on turtle and pangolin conservation genetics. Most recently, she helped develop portable molecular technology to help tackle illegal wildlife crime at the Bronx Zoo (Wildlife Conservation Society). Adeline founded Biodiversity Connections, which is dedicated to building transdisciplinary and transnational collaborations between all stakeholders to study and protect wildlife in Southeast Asia. She believes that creative science communication and science democratization are key to building a sustainable world. 

 Jacqui Hocking (Co-founder & Executive Director)

After starting her first storytelling company as a teenager, and then sailing around the world with a UN Global Climate Expedition as a documentary filmmaker;  Jacqui came to realise that the best ESG solutions exist already, but these visionaries needed more visibility. Hence, she moved to Singapore to become a serial systems entrepreneur — building B Corp certified companies that work with multinational clients & visionary social enterprises around the world on their Strategy & Storytelling.

Now a Forbes 30 under 30 and 2 time TEDx speaker, she hopes to be remembered for being on the forefront leading businesses to become the solution for the world’s problems and not the cause. She is one of the only ESG turnaround strategists in the world; helping shareholders & CEO’s steer clear from both moral & financial bankruptcy.

Elizabeth Lazan (Eco Ambassador 2020)

ELIZABETH LAZAN integrates mindfulness practice focusing on the intersection of eco advocacy and socially engaged work. She is training at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Centre (MARC). As a Content Producer and Actress, she incorporates her eco activism in her creative work such as moderating an Earth Week 2020 panel, supported by Klean Kanteen  “Ways to Stay Interconnected Within Ourselves, Each Other and the Environment”. Originally from Singapore, she also hosted a series “Mindful Mondays” on the social platforms for FLY Entertainment, one of the leading media-talent agencies in South East Asia. As a producer / host, she created a digital series “Crack The Cookie Code” (A+E Network Asia) about Chinese cuisine in America through the lens of travel, immigration and cultural adaptation. 

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