The BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit (BLUE) was created because of our fundamental belief that good films can help impact important social issues. We strongly believe the opportunity to use engaging films and media to inspire ocean advocacy has never been more important or relevant.
BLUE is dedicated to finding solutions to change the course of the degradation of our oceans, thereby saving the health and well-being of all of humanity. By using the power of film, photography, entertainment, and science to educate, empower, and inspire ocean stewardship around the globe and facilitate collaboration between the arts & science.
What We Do
Only a short time ago the ocean was thought to be so vast and resilient that we need not be concerned that human activities could impact its health. But in recent years, we have discovered otherwise. Scientists around the world agree that our ocean, our very life support system is in trouble. As the distinguished Dr. Sylvia Earle has said on many occasions, “No Blue, No Green”, and that “the single most critical issue facing the ocean and humanity is a lack of awareness.” Raising awareness that healthy oceans matter is the reason BLUE was founded. By effectively leveraging the impact of great films, BLUE is enlightening people, empowering tangible actions and helping to inspire an ocean stewardship movement around the globe.
BLUE Needs Your Help To Save Our Oceans!
To date, a dedicated volunteer staff has produced all of our events, managed operations, and outreach programs. With sufficient funding to support a small, experienced core team in place, BLUE will be able to sustain an efficient level of operations, deliver high value events and take our programs to the next level where we will be able to generate a greater measurable impact.
BLUE GRAND OPENING IN ST. PETE
BLUE Ocean Film Festival opens new headquarters in St. Pete
As waves lap the Gulf of Mexico shoreline less than two miles away, the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit opens its new global headquarters in the heart of St. Pete and is already abuzz with activities surrounding preparations for the city to host the 2016 BLUE Ocean Film Festival. Read more
BLUE OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL OPEN HOUSE
BLUE Ocean Film Festival open house May 2015
BLUE has officially opened our doors for 2015 in downtown St. Petersburg! Thank you to all who attended our event!
The BLUE Ocean Film Festival open house kicking off the season was May 26th celebrating BLUE’s new home 646 2nd Avenue S Saint Petersburg, FL 33701. A cocktail reception celebrating the official opening of the global headquarters of BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit! Read more
BLUE MONACO 2015 INTERNATIONAL FILM COMPETITION
Make a Film – Make a Difference
Call for Entries: The BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit film competition celebrates excellence in visual story telling, embraces the spirit of collaboration across the arts & sciences and honors innovative film-making that inspires. Read more
2014 BLUE OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS
Watch the trailers for all the finalists
Finalists and Winners in all the major film categories including Animation, Music, Broadcast TV, Children’s, Cinematography, Conservation, Culture, Documentaries, Emerging Filmmaker, Foreign, Shorts, Students, Special Jury and more. Read more
JAMES CAMERON’S DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D
See the trailer for DeepSea Challenge 3D
A chronicle of Cameron’s solo dive to the depths of the Mariana Trench—nearly seven miles beneath the ocean’s surface and the breathtaking footage he filmed there. A snapshot of what the team expects during his journey to the Challenger Deep. Read more
2014/2015 SEASON SPECIAL CONCERT OCEAN VOYAGERS
Film with Orchestra
This highly visual nature program takes an intimate look at the captivating lives of a newborn baby humpback whale and his 40-ton mother. A collaboration between filmmaker Feodor Pitcairn, the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and The Florida Orchestra. Read more
2014 BLUE OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL ST. PETERSBURG FLORIDA
Plus a strategic partnership with the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco announced
The leadership of BLUE, which has been recognized as the “premier forum for ocean filmmakers and scientists,” recognized St. Petersburg’s capacity for growing public participation in the event in choosing the 2014 location, which was a huge success. Read more
BLUE 2015 in MONACO 6-9 NOVEMBER 2015
SAVE THE DATE
The 2015 BLUE Ocean Film Festival hosted by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. Read more
JEREMY IRONS PRESENTS: TRASHED
New docu-feature TRASHED produced and directed by Candida Brady
Selected to receive a Special Screening at the Cannes Film Festival, Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. Read more