Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Launching of KLIS2012 and Media Conference

On 7th July 2011 at The Rootz Rooftop Lot 10 Kuala Lumpur, KLIS2012 has officially launched by Datuk Mukammad Sidek Khalid a Director of Culture, Art, Tourism and Sport DBKL.

Press Release

For the first time, Malaysia will be host to a festival that will take its makers of the short film onto an international stage. The Kuala Lumpur International Short Film Festival 2012 (KLIS2012) will be held from the 30th of January to the 1st of February 2012 (Kuala Lumpur City Day), and will be co-sponsored by the Kuala Lumpur City Council.

KLIS2012 has also signed an agreement with Withoutabox, a subsidiary of, as well as with Los Angeles-based IMdB as festival promotion partners. Through this agreement, will promote KLIS2012 through email to more than 350,000 film enthusiasts worldwide. This cooperation has proven to be a masterstroke, with over a hundred entries being submitted within a week of its announcement.

The most entries to date have come from the US followed by Venezuela, with others coming from Brazil, Sweden, Hungary, Netherlands, Italy, Philippines, Canada, Pakistan, United Kingdom, Australia, India, Singapore, Indonesia, Spain, Latvia, Colombia, France, Japan, China, Iran, Taiwan, Ireland, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Ukraine, New Zealand and Greece.

There are four categories for submissions to the KLIS2012, namely the Short Film, Animation, Student and CSR categories. The CSR category is unique in that all submissions must address a global issue, with global warming and environmental issues being the most popular.

KLIS2012 is also supported by FINAS and UPM, who are working together to ensure the festival achieves international recognition and prestige.

Filmmakers and enthusiasts can view the films for free at the City Hall cinema (Panggung Bandaraya) for three days, as well as enjoy other activities that have been planned for KLIS2012. Animated film lovers will also get the chance to meet the winner of the 2011 Oscar for the Best Animated Short Film, who will be flown in especially for this event.

KLIS2012 welcomes the participation of local film makers who can participate through its website Entry is free, and KLIS2012 is offering a total of over RM50,000 as well as trophies and other prizes.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


KLIS 2012 was unofficially open for entries on 17th June 2012. Not even one week, the entries trough has rocking our database and came from all over the world. This phenomena was above KLIS expectations.

If possible we want to bring all the participants to Kuala Lumpur during KLIS2012. It's gonna be awesome.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


THANKS to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), KLIS will screen the finalist shorts at the big screen in Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Anak - Heir

Anak- Heir
Short by Martias Ali & Amru Najmi

In a dystopian future, the inhabitants of modern Putrajaya is facing the collision of crisis between human civilization and earth. Mankind are forced to shoulder the environmental burden brought about by their ancestral's greed and ignorance.
Now, each member of society is forced to responsibly care for a "newborn", which is regarded as hopeful heir. It's mandatory that every person must attend to their respective "newborn" around the clock.
A tragedy strike when a lady neglected the responsibility that was entrusted to her. She had forgotten to nurse her "newborn", and consequently caused death. The death report flashed across the globe, and the entire world mourns upon the lady's deceased "newborn".
The memorial service was attended by many people from all walks of life, coming to pay their last respect to the lost heir. During the funeral, everybody harshly condemns the lady for her negligence. The deceased "newborn" was laid to rest under a huge tree, the one and only big tree that existed on earth at present moment.
In the final twist to conclusion, it was then revealed that the "newborn" is actually a seedling, a young tree.
A reflection of true reality that in the coming future, mankind will grieve over the loss of a seedling, which at present time are generally ignored and unappreciated
Loss of trees is a significant factor contributing to global warming.



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Sunday, June 19, 2011

KLIS 2012 Venue

Panggung Bandaraya (City Theatre) will be the official venue for KLIS 2012. From 30th January to 1st February 2012 Panggung Bandaraya will be screen all the best short films from all over the world.

See you there.

Invitation for KLIS Soft Launch

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To all short film directors, submit your shorts now. Just click to KLIS2012 website or you can directly send your short to

There are four (4) categories in competition.

1. Short - Fictions
2. Animation
3. CSR (Social Responsibility)
4. Students

All winners will walk away with trophy, cash prizes and certificate. The overall winner will walk away with Kuala Lumpur Awards.

KLIS 2012 teaser montage

This montage was designed and developed by 2Tone Sdn Bhd.

Saturday, June 18, 2011


1. Each entry can be submitted by an individual or a group. In the case of a group submission, event organizer can only communicate to one person that will represent the whole group.
2. Copyright of each short film submitted has to be owned by the person submitting or permission must have been obtained from the original owner.
3. Each entry must be submitted online with one application before November 30th, 2011.
4. The duration of the film must be 20 minutes or less, including credits.
5. Film has to be in English or subtitled in English.
6. Filmmakers are responsible for obtaining the rights of music, graphics, and any other works of art included in their film. To be considered for the competition, entry has to fulfill the thematic requirement which is “conservation, life, culture, heritage, and people.” Please explain as clearly as possible on how your film fulfills this requirement.
7. 2 copies of DVD (PAL or NTSC), synopsis, director profile, Crew profile and actor/s profile must be sent to the festival via express mail.
8. Finalists will be contacted and requested to send (if needed) the short film in DVD PAL format, which have to reach the organizer by January 1st, 2012.
9. The winner will be announced in the closing time of the Kuala Lumpur International Short Film Festival in February 1st 2012.


The Kuala Lumpur International Short Film Festival (KLIS) is the first and only short film festival in Malaysia and it is based in the metropolitan city of Kuala Lumpur.

The Kuala Lumpur International Short Film Festival (KLIS) showcase the shorts by filmmakers from around the world to an audience of film executives and buyers, journalists, film fans and filmmakers. Along with screenings, there are seminars, workshops and parties to allow everyone the chance to share our passion for independent cinema.

The Kuala Lumpur International Short Film Festival (KLIS) is also encourage short filmmaker to participate/compete in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) category which entitle for Green Award. A special CSR campaign program was design during KLIS 2012 beside of other filming base events.


The Kuala Lumpur International Short Film Festival (KLIS) aims to celebrate and recognize the excellent creativity works by international short filmmakers. To show the very best from independent filmmakers . Kuala Lumpur International Short Film Festival (KLIS) was designed to fit in the calendar of event in conjunction of Malaysia’s Federal Territory Day every 1st of February .