Once again I was delighted to be contacted by the Ocean Film Festival with the tour dates for 2017. If you’ve never been along to see their short ocean-themed films then I urge you to put the date in your diary – the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl is not very big, so tickets are limited – don’t miss out! Each film is very short – some last just 5 minutes – but they all have a common theme – the sea. If you love watching naturalist programmes on television, wait until you see them on the big screen. We’ve again secured a pair of tickets for one lucky winner – the competition end date is 30 August so get your entry in quickly. Full details are at the end of this article.
The OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR is returning to the UK this autumn, bringing an evening of inspirational and jaw-dropping ocean films to almost 30 venues across Britain and Northern Ireland in September and October.
The event which originates in Australia, features a brand-new selection of the world’s best ocean-themed short films, with action and spell-binding footage from both above and below the water’s surface. The 2017 film programme sees intrepid free-divers explore haunting shipwrecks, nomadic sailors face the icy waters of Antarctica, and features awe-inspiring marine life such as humpback whales and the endangered giant Pacific mantaray.
“We’re delighted to be bringing the Ocean Film Festival World Tour back to UK audiences for the fourth year running,” says tour director Nell Teasdale, “featuring incredible cinematography, the films capture the raw beauty and power of the ocean, while celebrating an eclectic and fascinating mix of characters who live for the sea’s salt spray.”
FISHPEOPLE 46 minutes, Filmmaker: Keith Malloy
To some, the ocean is a fearsome place. But to others, it’s a limitless world of fun, freedom and opportunity where life can be lived to the full. Fishpeople tells the stories of a unique cast of characters who have dedicated their lives to the sea. From surfers and spear fishers to a long-distance swimmer, a former coal miner and a group of at-risk kids, it’s a film about the transformative effects of time spent in the ocean—and how we can leave our limitations behind to find deeper meaning in the saltwater wilderness that lies just beyond the shore.
HAVEN 5 minutes, Produced by: Guillaume Néry
Lying 50 metres below the surface, Haven is the largest shipwreck in the Mediterranean. Any journey down to the magnificent vessel is haunting and fascinating, but this expedition is even more captivating as it’s made by free-divers, including four-time world free-diving champion Guillaume Néry, battling extreme depths, poor visibility and dangerous currents as they explore the wreck without supplementary oxygen.
THE LEGACY 5 minutes, Produced by: Erick Higuera
The Legacy takes us to a remote archipelago in Mexico, where words like ‘abundance,’ ‘thriving,’ and ‘perfect and healthy populations’ are still being used to describe the marine environment. A spell-binding setting where even the majestic Giant Pacific Mantaray can flourish, the Revillagigedo Islands are evidence that the ocean’s biodiversity, and our hope, is not yet lost.
SEA GYPSIES 48 minutes, Produced by: Nicholas Edwards
The vessel is Infinity: a 120-foot nomadic sailing boat, built by hand in the 1970s, with no reinforced hull to protect her from ice damage. The crew is a band of free-spirited dissidents, with no permits, no insurance and no budget. During the iciest year on record in the Southern Ocean, Infinity and her 16-strong crew leave New Zealand to travel 8,000 miles across the Pacific to Patagonia – via Antarctica. This is a story about sailing, the camaraderie of a shared struggle and the raw, awe-inspiring power of the natural world. And it’s a glimpse into a lifestyle beyond the norm.
STAY WITH US 5 minutes, Produced by: Dustin Adamson
The search for extra-terrestrial life has always fascinated humans, as we look to the darkness above and imagine what sort of alien beings share our universe. Stay With Us suggests that maybe we’ve been looking in the wrong place – and introduces creatures far stranger than those we can dream up for sci-fi films…
WHALE CHASERS 17 minutes, Produced by: Tess Brosnan
Sitting high on a rugged hilltop looking out over New Zealand’s Cook Strait, an unusual team of ‘citizen scientists’ keeps watch for migrating humpback whales. They’re spotting for the Cook Strait Whale Count – a study into the recovery of New Zealand’s humpback population since the end of New Zealand whaling in 1964. These volunteers are uniquely skilled in watching whales: not only are they descendants of New Zealand’s 200-year history of whaling, they were all once whalers themselves…
PLEASE NOTE: the film programme may be subject to slight change.
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW: Adult £13 plus booking fee, Concessions £12 plus booking fee.
To find out more about the festival, to view the trailer and to book tickets, please visit: www.oceanfilmfestival.co.uk
WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS… to the Porthcawl showing (29th September), simply answer the following question: Where are the Revillagigedo Islands? a) Scotland b) Mexico c) Italy.
Send your answer along with your address and daytime telephone number to: email@example.com putting Ocean Film Festival in the subject line or send the same info to Ocean Film Festival, 1 Cae Banc, Sketty, Swansea, SA2 9DN
CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS NOON ON 30 August 2017
No cash alternative. No correspondence will be entered into. Editor’s decision is final. For full competition rules please go to www.theswanseabay.co.uk