About Blue

All of BLUE’s activities and goals are driven by our fundamental belief that film is the most powerful tool we have available to engage a broad global audience in a direct way that educates them about the ocean, creates a better understanding of complex issues, and empowers positive next steps. BLUE is dedicated to PROMOTING, HONORING, and SHARING great ocean films.

In the past two years, we have witnessed the power of film in action and know that we are making a difference. We regularly receive input from participants about how BLUE has impacted their life and/or their projects and are proud to say there have been numerous positive outcomes as a direct result of our programs and the multi-disciplined opportunities offered at BLUE. From this, we have discovered that BLUE is bigger and more important than the sum of its parts.


BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit

Every two years ocean leaders, filmmakers, photographers, scientists, explorers, entertainment executives – and the general public– gather in Tampa Bay/ St. Petersburg, FL at BLUE to honor the best in ocean filmmaking, to learn more about the issues facing our oceans, and to collaborate on improving the future of our oceans and humanity. The seven-day event is charged with energy as these diverse groups of people sharing knowledge and ideas with each other and with the general public.

The five elements of BLUE come together and create a truly unique event that:

 Honors the world’s finest ocean films through the best-in-class film competition.
• Brings together the world’s esteemed leaders and ocean luminaries.
• Presents the world’s most comprehensive underwater film & photography professionals.
• Showcases Science and the Arts for the stewardship of the ocean.
• Changes the way the world sees the ocean.


International Film Festival

At the heart of BLUE is the international film competition and film festival. Over 100 finalist films are screened and recognized for achieving excellence in more than 20 award categories. Memorable social events provide an intimate environment for networking with the filmmakers and scientists who come together to create some of the most engaging films of our time.

Conservation Summit

Renowned explorers, scientists, conservationists, celebrities and policy makers come together from around the globe to share scientific insights, discuss the issues and present innovative solutions in inspiring and thought-provoking sessions.

Industry Conference

Workshops to promote professional and business development and excellence in U/W film making and photography. Attendees participate in panels and master classes to enhance their professional skills, learn about ground-breaking technologies, engage program funders in pitching sessions, and build partnerships through unparalleled networking opportunities.

Educational Outreach

BLUE provides educational programs to leverage our film library and visual media to nurture artistry and creative talents, enhance communication skills, increase understanding of the marine sciences, foster cultural exchange and ensure ocean stewardship. Utilizing hands-on activities, films and photography as our foundational tools, our educational initiatives provide exceptional multi-disciplined learning opportunities for youth, educators and emerging leaders.

BLUE On Tour

BLUE On Tour is our traveling ocean film festival and conservation initiative which makes BLUE’s extensive collection of award-winning ocean films available to communities around the globe. With films from hundreds of filmmakers and the ability to customize each program, BLUE On Tour raises awareness about issues relevant to each community and provides an awe-inspiring window into the ocean.