Preview of the Ocean Film Festival's First Virtual World Tour
The Ocean Film Festival World Tour is returning for 2020 in its first virtual edition, with a brand-new collection of ocean-themed films arriving on the UK's shores in October and November.
The online film evenings will involve a collection of short films 'telling stories of seafaring adventure, carefree characters and mind-blowing marine life from the depths of the big blue; wild nautical voyages, captivating coastal scenery and stunning cinematography - all from the comfort of your sofa.'
'It’s time to celebrate the world’s incredible oceans, and we’re thrilled to be presenting the Ocean Film Festival 2020 in this exciting new format,' said tour director Nell Teasdale. 'From rowing 4,000 miles across the Atlantic to surfing the spectacular cold-water waves of British Columbia, this inspirational collection of films is guaranteed to whet your appetite for an ocean adventure.'
To accompany the films, delivered from the Ocean Film Festival's new 'Backyard Theatre', viewers will have exclusive access to behind-the-scenes footage and Q&A sessions with some of the film-makers. A live prize draw will be held with viewers able to win a range of ocean-related prizes.
The two shows will be held on 25-27 October and 17-19 November. The films will start at 7.30pm, but audience members are invited to explore the 'virtual foyer' from 6.30pm onwards, where they can download the tour magazine, enter the prize draw, and take part in an Ocean Film Festival quiz, among other activities. The shows will be available online for 48 hours for those unable to join the live broadcast.
'While we are unable to join ocean-lovers live in theatres, we are really excited to be presenting our first-ever virtual Ocean Film Festival,' said Teasdale. 'So grab the popcorn, make a brew, get your friends watching at the same time – we can’t wait to ‘virtually’ see you for a night of inspiration!'
The Ocean Film Festival World Tour originated in Australia, with the aim of inspiring people to explore, respect, enjoy and protect the world’s oceans. It has toured the UK & Ireland for the last six years, working to promote the Marine Conservation Society and Surfers Against Sewage environmental charities.
Check out the highlights and trailer below - for more information and to book tickets, visit www.oceanfilmfestival.co.uk.
Highlights from the 2020 Ocean Film Festival
Lifelong friends Tom Rainey and Lawrence Walters set out from Manhatten, New York, to row 4,000 miles across the North Atlantic to Salcombe in Devon. Battling 80ft waves, brutal sleep deprivation, jellyfish, sharks and some unpleasant fungus, the young Brits spend a gruelling 93 days at sea, breaking two world records and raising over £130,000 for the Brain Tumour Charity in memory of Tom’s dad.
Polar Bears International (PBI) is a team of scientists dedicated to protecting polar bears and their habitat. In Bare Existence, a documentary film crew spends seven days with the PBI team as they research and live alongside these magnificent yet endangered creatures, known as the Kings of the Arctic.
Camel Finds Water
Sometimes the biggest dreams have the humblest origins. When surfer Trevor Gordon discovers the remains of a tiny dilapidated boat in a landlocked field, he dreamed of restoring it to its original glory and sailing it to find remote waves in British Columbia. But after 1,000 hours of work, will Camel be up to the challenge?