Published: 10/09/2014 11:34 - Updated: 18/09/2014 11:54

Ocean filmfest will make a splash

Unique and Exciting New Film Tour in the UK

The International Ocean Film Festival is set to make a splash!

4 September to 30 October 2014

UK audiences will be able to immerse themselves in the wonders of the ocean without getting their

feet wet as the International Ocean Film Festival hits theatres for the first time this Autumn. The

festival, which originates in Australia, will feature a selection of the world’s most captivating oceanthemed

short films and will be shown in 17 towns and cities across the UK.

Designed to mesmerise and enthral, the International Ocean Film Festival showcases more than two

hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface. The 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.

Heart-stopping shots of surfers riding wild waves and adrenalin-inducing scenes of divers swimming

with white sharks will leave audiences on the edges of their seats. The films also encourage viewers

to dive head first into ocean culture as the festival is filled with touching interviews and insightful

narrations from the characters whose lives are inspired by the ocean.

Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the

creatures that call them home. A selection of 2014 highlights include:

And Then We Swam

In May 2010, two British friends set off to row across the Indian Ocean in a second hand boat.

Having zero rowing experience, they signed up for an organised race - only to find that a lack of

entrants meant that there would be no support boat. After 116 grueling days at sea, the duo was

within 8km of the finishing line when disaster struck. An incredible story of adventure, foolhardiness

and survival.

Duct tape surfing

Eighteen years ago, a car accident left Pascale Honore paralysed from the waist down. Fascinated by

the ocean, Pascale dreamed of being able to surf. With the help of a roll of duct tape and with the

support of her sons' friend Tyron Swan, a big wave surfer and professional diver, Pascale's dream

eventually became a reality. Share in her joy.

Sportlife Saga: Water

Follow world champion free-diver Guillaume Néry deep below the water's surface as he transforms

the sport of free-diving into an art. Now a world-record holder, Guillaume reaches depths of more

than 100m and can stay below the surface for more than seven minutes at a time. His forays into the

big blue will leave you breathless

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