RENT FOR 48 HOURS: Designed to mesmerise and enthral, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases a cinematic celebration of our oceans comprised of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface.
Featuring all new films, this carefully curated selection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue.
Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home.
The 7 films in the 2020 line up include:
CAMEL FINDS WATER: 8 minutes. Trevor found the hull of an abandoned fishing boat in a field. He brought it home and built it back to a sea-worthy state over the course of a summer. Then, he took it on its maiden voyage to British Columbia in search of waves.
BARE EXISTENCE 19 minutes Ten years after they were designated as endangered, nothing of significance has been done to protect polar bears. So, in simplest, starkest terms, more bears are starving to death as climate change steadily reduces the ice pack where the bears catch their staple food, seals. The good news is that there is still time to turn things around by making daily choices that matter. And, there are dedicated, passionate scientists, conservationists and volunteers in groups like Polar Bears International who can inspire us with their examples to make the right choices.
DEEP SEA CORAL POLYNESIA: 37 minutes Join a team of technical divers and coral scientists on an expedition to the South Pacific to explore one of the most mysterious ecosystems on our planet: the corals of the deep. Thanks to underwater footage gathered during dives of up to 150m in previously unexplored waters, they reveal a fascinating world.
SCOTT PORTELLI : SWIMMING WITH GENTLE GIANTS 9 minutes Over the past two decades, wildlife photographer Scott Portelli has devoted himself to documenting and capturing the behaviour of humpback whales in Tonga, a group of islands in the middle of the South Pacific. Swimming with Gentle Giants explores Scott’s close connection to these animals and showcases a fascinating variety of unique whale behaviour.
A CORNER OF THE EARTH: 24 minutes. A cinematic exploration of surfing in the brutal northern winter featuring aspiring professional surfer Fraser Dovell who is struggling with the harsh realities of competitive surfing. Along with filmmaker Spencer Frost and photographer Guy Williment, Fraser throws himself out of his comfort zone to embark on an adventure of a lifetime.
THE WORLD’S OLDEST SCUBA COUPLE 4 minutes Meet Phil and Grace who hold the title of the World’s Oldest Scuba Diving Couple.
THE PASSAGE: 25 minutes In 1974 a small determined team built their own canoes, launched them into the Pacific, and became some of the first people in modern history to canoe from Washington to Alaska up the Inside Passage. The Passage is a story about revisiting that journey, fathers and sons, and the wild places that define us.