Ocean Film Festival Launches ‘Best of’ Film Programme This Coming Weekend
The Ocean Film Festival UK & Ireland Tour is launching a special event to make sure we don't lose out on ocean inspiration during the continuing coronavirus lockdown. The programme is set to take place this coming weekend, starting on Friday, 29 January and running until Monday, 1 February.
The exclusive ‘Best of’ Ocean Film Festival features award-winning films from the last five years of the Ocean Film Festival, such as Kayaking the Aleutians, starring British explorers Sarah Outen and Justine Curgenven as they sea kayak 1,500 miles from Russia to Alaska through remote and stormy seas; and championing backyard adventure, intrepid surfer Dan Schetter dodges icebergs to surf Lake Superior in winter.
'We’re thrilled to offer an additional Ocean Film Festival show with the brand-new "Best of" film programme, delivered directly to your living room,' says tour director Nell Teasdale. 'For the ultimate in lockdown escapism and inspiration, the "Best of"’ Ocean Film Festival offers a night of incredible cinematography, astounding marine-life and adrenaline-fueled entertainment – to watch from the sofa!'
As well as mesmerising films, viewers will also have access to the backstage zone, with a live prize draw for ocean-themed goodies, a kids’ area for young ocean enthusiasts, exclusive film-maker interviews and more.
The films start showing at 7.30pm on Friday and are available with a 72-hour viewing window. Audience members invited to explore the virtual foyer from 6.30pm onwards, where they can participate in filmmaker Q&A sessions, download the tour magazine, and enter the Ocean Film Festival Prize Draw.
Visit www.oceanfilmfestival.co.uk/virtual for more information and to buy a £10-weekend pass. Film highlights include:
KAYAKING THE ALEUTIANS
British explorers Justine Curgenven and Sarah Outen set out to paddle the Aleutian chain of islands in Alaska. Alone for 101 days and at the mercy of one of the windiest, roughest places on earth, the duo are swept away from land by unknown currents, pounded by rough seas and approached by bears. On this epic journey, they gain a rare insight into themselves, the rich wildlife and this harsh yet beautiful landscape.
Sun, sea and sand typically come to mind when you think about surfing, but this is not your typical surf film. Landlocked ocean-lover Dan Schetter lives on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan where, in winter, strong winds across the water create deadly currents, icebergs and… waves. Known for being the crazy guy with an icy beard who catches waves in January, this is Dan’s story.
STAY WITH US
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…
The Icelandic landscape is breath-taking but also harsh and unforgiving for the tiny surfing community that inhabits the island. Follow Heiðar Logi Elíasson, Iceland’s first and only professional surfer, on his journey through Iceland’s magnificent terrain, depicting the turbulent relationship between an Icelandic surfer and the North Atlantic wind.