This year the Ocean Film Festival provides over two hours of what the organisers see as the most inspirational, educational and entertaining films related to the ocean from the world's independent film-makers.
The films are:
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 spearfishers 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.
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 freedivers, including four-time world freediving champion Guillaume Néry, battling extreme depths, poor visibility and dangerous currents as they explore the wreck without supplementary oxygen.
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 population’ are still being used to describe the marine environment.
3 minutes, Produced by: David Day/ ABC Open
48 minutes, Produced by: Nicholas Edwards
Stay With Us
5 minutes, Produced by: Dustin Adamson
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.
Find out more about the festival: www.oceanfilmfestival.co.uk and www.eden-court.co.uk