BLUE Ocean Film Festival 2015 press release

BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit Monaco November 7-9, 2015

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 26, 2015
Sarah Lesch, Playbook Public Relations
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BLUE Ocean Film Festival 2015 press release

BLUE is an international non-profit organization that uses the power of film, visual arts, entertainment, and science to inspire ocean stewardship around the world.

The annual Festival has become the premier film fest for scientists, filmmakers, explorers, artists, government leaders, celebrities and ocean enterprises, providing a springboard for individual empowerment and policy action to help save Earth’s blue life support system, the 71% percent of the planet’s surface that is ocean.

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Founded in 2009, BLUE has become internationally renowned for its unique ability to inspire public passion for ocean conservation and spark important discussions among world leaders in ocean science, conservation and exploration.

It has since become a major international platform for professional development among industry leaders, students, artists, and marine enthusiasts.

Advanced ocean technologies are showcased in concert with inspiring films, celebrity appearances, and an amazing and diverse collection of other related venues.

Monaco has become the second BLUE site after a signed partnership with the Prince Albert II Foundation and the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.

“This festival uses the power of films, photography, entertainment and science to learn, advance and initiate a durable management of our oceans throughout the world. To arouse consciousness in favor of a more concrete protection of the environment, our best tools are those that win hearts and mark our spirits,” said HSH Prince Albert.

The Partnership and Choice of Monaco for the site of BLUE2015

The Principality of Monaco was chosen as the site for the BLUE Ocean Film Festival because of their long-standing history of ocean stewardship and conservation.

The nation has one of the highest concentrations of marine science in the world. The Principality is also a champion in sustainability, with environmental statutes protecting 20% of the nation’s land area, and two protected marine areas.

The festival is a strategic partnership with Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation

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In June 2006, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco decided to establish his Foundation to address our planet’s alarming environmental situation. The Prince Albert II of Monaco Fondation is dedicated to the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development on a global scale.

The Foundation supports initiatives of public and private organizations, in the fields of research and studies, technological innovation and socially-aware practices. The Foundation supports projects in three main geographical zones : the Mediterranean basin, Polar regions and least developed countries.

The Foundation focuses its efforts on three main areas : climate change and renewable energies, biodiversity, and manage water resources and combat desertification.

See more at: Prince Albert of Monaco Foundation www.fpa2.com

Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

Built on the side of the mythical Rock of Monaco, the Oceanographic Museum has been watching over the oceans for over a century.

Founded by the Prince Albert I, great grandfather of H.S.H. Prince Albert II, it was designed as a Palace entirely dedicated to Art and Science.

Since its inauguration on 29 March 1910 and with more than 6,000 m2 open to the public, this Temple of the Sea has positioned itself as an international point of reference.

From the aquariums to the collections of Natural History, including the Shark Lagoon and the Turtle’s Island situated on the panoramic terrace, the Museum offers to visitors a unique learning experience to know, love and protect the oceans.

This beautiful site, pictured below, hosts the BLUE Ocean Film Festival in 2015. Learn more at : Oceanographic Museum of Monaco www.oceano.mc

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Event Details:

Festival Dates are November 7-9, 2015

• Blue’s Legacy Award will be given to Prince Albert II of Monaco at the 2015 film festival. Past Legacy Award winners include Oscar-winning filmmaker and humanitarian James Cameron and the legendary Captain Don Walsh.

• BLUE 2015 will focus on global ocean issues, including the ocean’s role in climate change, international attention will be drawn to Monaco’s commitment to environmental sustainability and ocean conservation as ocean leaders and filmmakers convene on its shores three weeks prior to COP21 in Paris November 30 – December 11 to put forward solutions.

• This year there are six categories in the competition: televised broadcasts, children’s shows, best new filmmakers, films with the subject: “ocean”, best short film and best student film.

• The filmmakers from “Racing to Extinction”, which premiered early this year in the U.S. at the Sundance Film Festival, will be attending. They are best known for their film, “The Cove” which received widespread praise including an Academy Award.

• Will take place before Conference of UN Climate Change, COP21, the sustainability forum in Paris (http://www.cop21paris.org/)

• BLUE 2015 honors the world’s finest ocean films, brings together the world’s esteemed leaders and ocean luminaries, presents the world’s most comprehensive underwater film professionals, and showcases stewardship for the ocean

Day Passes are available here. Each Day Pass includes: Access to all of the BLUE Monaco 2015 Film Competition Finalist screenings, Access to panel discussions, industry workshops and lunch presentations

• BLUE On Tour has presented educational outreach events to thousands of people in China, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and through partnership with the United Nations.

Watch Video From Last Year’s Event

More information:

For more information about attendance, media coverage or sponsorships, visit:
http://www.blueoceanfilmfestival.org

About Blue

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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.

Jeremy Irons with Blue Ocean Film Festival Founder, Debbie Kinder, St. Petersburg 2014