#SDGFilmFest in Kuala Lumpur

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Students from the Leicester Media School enrolled on the following programmes are eligible to apply: Media Production, Communication Arts, and Journalism. Relevant modules include: TECH2008 Television Production; TECH2002 Social Media Production; TECH3008 Advanced Television Production; TECH3010 Technology project and TECH3022 Social Media Practice.

Students in the Third Year of undergraduate study will need to articulate in their proposals, how the culmination of their programme/skills will be enhanced by this opportunity, and how the experience will prepare them for careers in a competitive international market.

The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 30 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group. DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


Students from the Leicester Media School are invited to participate in the third international #SDGfilmfest in Malaysia, 2020.

This exciting opportunity will include a one-day filmmaking workshop in Kuala Lumpur, hosted by the Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) and a one-day conference on sustainable development goals and the media. Students are not expected to deliver a paper at the conference, though students working in this field from either institution are encouraged to submit a paper as well as attending as delegates. The conference is linked to DMU’s Media Discourse Centre, and there may be an opportunity for written research to be presented in the International Journal for Media Discourse. The conference will be used to frame the following week of productions and inform students of local angles or SDG issues they may wish to investigate.

You will have a week after the above opening sessions in which to investigate Sustainable Development Goals in Malaysia and what these mean to the local / wider global community. Either individually or in small production teams, you are required to produce micro documentary films to examine SDGs in Malaysia. Your microdocs can either focus on emerging problems within the region, or celebrate some of the innovative approaches being demonstrated as Kuala Lumpur strives to become the world’s most sustainable city by 2025. The films can either focus on emerging problems within the region, or celebrate the many innovative approaches being demonstrated as Indonesia strives to meet the UN’s global goals. Previous examples include films that have examined the environmental crisis caused by plastic pollution from the West; the success of multi-faith communities; the decline of indigenous lifestyles and culture due to urban development; the attraction of illegal blood sports caused by local poverty.

BBC coverage of the global plastic crisis, has framed much of the debate on Sustainability in this part of the world with Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet effect dominating western coverage of SDG issues. In recent weeks, a number of Nations in South East Asia have refused to accept Western waste, with China and Malaysia taking the lead. However, the UN’s SDG programme covers many other issues as indicated above including poverty, hunger, and inequality, and there is much work to be done to draw attention to these problems (and celebrate the good practice of local initiatives).

At the end of the week you will return to APU to edit and then show your work at the second international #SDGFilmfest, alongside entries from other universities in Jakarta, Thailand and Malaysia. There may be prizes awarded for the best short film (of up to five minutes), and the event will be open to the general public and senior executives from the media.

At the end of the week students will return to APU to edit and present their films at the third international #SDGFilmfest, alongside entries from other universities in Jakarta, Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia. There may be prizes awarded for the best short film (of up to five minutes), and the event will be open to the general public and senior media executives.

Cultural activities

Students will have the opportunity to explore places of national importance to Malaysians such as the Petronas Twin Towers and the 272 steps to Batu Caves which is used for Hindu festivals. In addition, the benefit of being based in the capital city, is the access to many attractions such as the Petaling Street, KL Tower and KL Bird Park which has the world’s largest free flight aviary.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

British nationals don’t need a visa to visit Malaysia. You will normally be given permission to stay for 3 months on arrival. Visas for longer stays or for non-tourist purposes must be obtained from the nearest Malaysian diplomatic mission before you travel.

If you have any specific questions about this please email dmuglobal@dmu.ac.uk for advice. If a visa is required, you are responsible for applying for one and ensuring that you apply with sufficient time to receive your visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Friday 5 June 2020
  • Return date: Sunday 2020 June 2020
  • Estimated cost of flights and accommodation: £800-900
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, cultural activities, food & drink and visa (if applicable)
  • DMU Global bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 24 February 2020 9am