BLUE Ocean Film Festival Submission
The second BLUE Ocean Film Festival, to be held August 24 to 29 in Monterey, Calif., is calling for entries for an international film contest by May 1. Entries can range from 20-second “dot docs” to be distributed through new media channels to full feature films for the big screen. Both professional filmmakers and film aficionados are encouraged to cast their visions of the ocean and ocean issues into the ring. Some of the submission categories include the land-sea connection, marine animal behavior, marine and earth sciences, ocean issues and conservation, and ocean exploration and adventure.
The power of images to transform emotion into action seems boundless. As SeaWeb’s Marine Photobank knows, sometimes one picture is all it takes. Other times, the combination of visuals and sound is what brings seemingly distant issues before our eyes and into our backyards. With that in mind, SeaWeb, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Monterey Bay Aquarium are helping to spread the word about BLUE'S mission to “Leverage the power of film and visual media to help protect the oceans and the life within.”
Festival attendees will get a chance to enjoy not only screenings of the winners of the film contest and Disneynature’s “OCEANS,” but also professional development programs for filmmakers and a series of lectures, panels and programs on ocean conservation issues and efforts, including how science has informed marine filmmaking. It will also have family-friendly, hands-on educational activities as well as photography and other exhibits. Tickets to the festival are already available online.
The six-day festival in Monterey is really just the kick-off for what will be a year-long celebration of the ocean and film. The award-winning films will go on tour for screenings at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, 14 U.S. national marine sanctuaries and various other locations globally.
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