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Now in its 10th year, the Ocean Film Festival is a cinematic celebration of the planet’s oceans, starring mind-boggling marine creatures, thrilling watersports, and highlighting the profound impact of a lifestyle connected to the ocean.
This year, the festival returns to UK shores, with an anniversary tour of screenings between September and November, from north to south and back again! Read on for a taster of the film lineup, more on the festival’s origins and their charitable partners…
When Sian Richardson went for a cold-water dip in Pembrokeshire in 2014, she never dreamt she’d inspire an international movement. Sian went on to form the beloved swimming group Bluetits, which now has around 100,000 participants worldwide.
Directed by Katie Burdon, Bluetits is a journey of self-discovery and joie de vivre; a heartwarming celebration of chilly older women and the community that brings them together.
Broken Breath follows Italian free-diving champion Mike Maric, who was at the top of his sport when a tragic accident left his world shattered. Mike went from being able to hold his breath for over five minutes, to being unable to hold it for 10 seconds. From swimming with dolphins to self-discovery, this film shares a journey of how the ocean can be an opportunity to find rebirth.
Meet the Scots who are restoring their local waters, one seagrass bed at a time. Commercial overfishing and bottom trawling have turned Scotland’s once-thriving west coast waters into sparse, lifeless deserts. The Custodians follows the work of four locals who are reclaiming their natural coastlines, restoring wildlife, creating sustainable industries and showing us how we can work with, not against, our ocean.
The Ocean Film Festival originated in Australia, and in its first 10 years has been shown in 14 countries, showcased films from 89 independent filmmakers, and donated over £21,000 to ocean charities. The 2023 UK tour is presented by the Marine Conservation Society and by PADI, the world’s largest diver organisation.
‘We started the Ocean Film Festival World Tour with big dreams, not only to inspire the world to explore and enjoy our oceans, but also to protect and respect them,’ says festival founder Jemima Robinson.
‘With a passion for film and all things ocean, I wanted the Ocean Film Festival World Tour to become an avenue for bringing people together to celebrate Mother Nature. We have done this through sharing unique stories from independent filmmakers from around the globe, and now set our sights towards the next 10 years.’
From the film Storm Chaser, which is also showing at the festival
The inspirational short films will be introduced by a compère, and each screening will see a free prize giveaway to win ocean-related goodies. To find out more, watch the trailer and book tickets, visit the Ocean Film Festival website.
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