blueocean film finalists 2016
Finalists BLUE Ocean Film Festival 2016

2016 FILM FINALISTS

We want to say Thank You to all of the hundreds filmmakers from around the globe that participated in this year’s ocean film competition. Across the board, the production quality, new information presented, and compelling stories exceed all of our expectations.

We are thrilled to see veteran producers and first-time filmmakers effectively using the power of film to give a voice to troubling issues, great personal stories, and examples of positive progress and inspiring successes.

We consider every film submitted a winner and encourage you to keep making films and making a difference. We want to express our sincere gratitude to all 45 judges who spent considerable time and effort in thoroughly evaluating the 300+ submissions.

Please view the Schedule for when and where films are playing here.

We’re very proud to announce the 2016 international film competition category finalist and honorable mentions as follows:

 

Broadcast Program

This category honors the best ocean focused programs that have aired or are slated for television broadcast.

Finalist Films

Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth, From Heaven to Hell

        Producer: Renee Godfrey, BBC  

Director: Renee Godfrey From Heaven to Hell, follows a year in the life of the tropical Atlantic. For the wildlife that lives here

Dispatches from the Gulf

        Producers: Marilyn and Hal Weiner, Screenscope

Director: Hal Weiner Six years after Deepwater Horizon – the biggest oil spill in U.S. history – a global team of scientists is working together to understand its environmental impact on humans.

The Hunt: Hunger At Sea

        Producer: Hugh Pearson, Silverback Films

An Ocean Mystery

        Producer: Alison Barrat, Khaled bin Sultan Living Ocean Foundation and Smithsonian Channel

An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch follows the work of the world's premier fisheries scientist, Dr Daniel Pauly, as he discovers the true quantity of fish we have caught, and the real speed we are running out of fish.

Sonic Sea

        Producers: Natural Resources Defense Council, Imaginary Forces, IFAW, and Diamond Docs

Producers: Natural Resources Defense Council, Imaginary Forces, IFAW, and Diamond Docs  Sonic Sea is a 60-minute documentary about the impact of industrial and military noise on whales and other marine life. act on the ocean. This film is narrated by Rachel McAdams and features Sting.

Moby Dick: Heart of a Whale

        Producers: Jürgen Stumpfhaus and Nathan Antila, Smithsonian Channel

Discover the true story that inspired Herman Melville’s literary masterpiece, “Moby Dick.”

Honorable Mention Films                

Birth of a Marine Park

        Producer: Victor Tang, Victor Tang Productions

Call of the Baby Beluga  

        Producers: Suzanne Chisholm and Michael Parfit, Natural Mystery Films

The Forgotten Coast

        Producer: Eric Bendick, Grizzly Creek Films

The Girl Who Talked to Dolphins

        Producer: Chris Riley, Smithsonian Channel

Killer Whales: The Mega Hunt      

        Producer: Table Mountain Films

Shark Junction

        Producer: EarthTouch

Broadcast Series

This category honors the best ocean focused series that has aired or is slated for broadcast or online as a scheduled series. Three individual episodes of your choice from the series must be submitted for evaluation in this category.

Finalist Series

American Samoa Culture and Ocean Conservation Film Series

        Producer: Jim Knowlton, Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society

Ocean Parks Series

        Producer: John Wesley Chisholm, Arcadia Entertainment

For centuries – countries and governments have fought to protect vast expanses of territory above ground – dry-land areas considered too important to lose.

Our Big Blue Backyard Series

        Producer: Judith Curran and Samantha McKegg, NHNZ

Two New Zealand Fur Seal pups.. born on opposite sides of New Zealand’s South Island.

Water Brothers Series

        Producer: Tyler MIfflin and Alex MIfflin, The Water Brothers

Producer: Tyler MIfflin and Alex MIfflin, The Water Brothers   One of the greatest crimes against nature plays out daily on the high seas.  Outlaw vessels are participation in illegal fishing on an industrial scale

WPBT2 Changing Seas Series

        Producer: WPBT2/ South Florida PBS, Changing Seas Team

Producer: WPBT2/ South Florida PBS, Changing Seas Team  The unique oceanographic conditions of the eastern tropical Pacific make it one of the best spots in the world for anglers to hook billfish.

Honorable Mention Series

Canada Over the Edge

        Producer: John Wesley Chisholm, Arcadia Content

Guy Harvey Expedition Series

        Producer: George C Schellenger and Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Expeditions

Childrens Series

This category honors the best films produced specifically for young audiences, 12 and under, that are engaging, informative, and inspire appreciation of the ocean world.

Finalist Films

Fish Fact Fun

        Producer: Bill Dougal

Director: Bill Dougal Learn about fish and other underwater creatures through original song, art, animation and comic acting.

My Haggan Dream

       Producer: Stephanie Gordon, Sisbro Studios and Open Boat Films

A young island girl dreams of a mysterious Haggan, or sea turtle, that sends her on a quest to investigate the sea turtles that nest and swim near her home

See with Sandy

        Producer: Mindi Morrall

Producer: Mindi Morrall  How are Sandy and friends going to play when there's so much litter on the beach? Join Sandy in creating a litter clean-up game that combines fun, education, and environmental awareness

A Visit to the Trash Museum

        Producers: Tonia Lovejoy, Justin Farrow, and Masha Gvozdov, Beautiful Nation Project

Producers: Tonia Lovejoy, Justin Farrow, and Masha Gvozdov, Beautiful Nation Project  This video is the first in our series of a voyage around the world. We travel on a boat and feature different cities and countries that we find. We choose a topic that's relevant to the environment and/or aquatic life.
Cinematography

This category honors the best films and the cinematographer(s) with the best ORIGINAL cinematography captured in the ocean environment. The quality and artistry of both underwater and topside will be considered.

Finalist Films

Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth, From Heaven to Hell

        Producer: Renee Godfrey, BBC Natural History Unit

Call of the Baby Beluga

        Producers: Michael Parfit, Natural Mystery Films

The Forgotten Coast

        Producer: Eric Bendick, Grizzly Creek Films

Director: Eric Bendick Following in the footsteps of a wandering Florida black bear, three friends discover a lost American wilderness that may transform the way we see the natural world.

The Hunt: Hunger At Sea

        Producer: Hugh Pearson, Silverback Films

Killer Whales: The Mega Hunt

        Producer: Table Mountain Films        

An epic mega-hunt has been discovered in the waters of False Bay, South Africa, with six deadly and intelligent killer whales hunting 5000 common dolphins.

Honorable Mention Films

Canada Over the Edge: Season 4; Episode 40

        Producer: John Wesley Chisholm; Arcadia Content

Canada Over the Edge: Season 4; Episode 41

        Producer: John Wesley Chisholm; Arcadia Content

Dispatches From the Gulf

        Producers: Marilyn & Hal Weiner, Screenscope

The Legacy

        Producer: Erick HIguera

Several species have disappeared where there used to be healthy populations, and example of this was the Giant Pacific Mantaray that disappeared of the Gulf of California

Living the Ocean (Vey Nou Lagon)

        Producers: Vanina Harel and Zara Currimjee

Documentary Feature

This category honors the best factual documentary films over 40 minutes with excellent storytelling and professional production values that has been or is currently scheduled for distribution in commercial cinema venues or via online distributors like Netflix or Amazon.

Finalist Films

Atlantic

        Producers: Marie-Therese Garvey, Jill Knox-Gosse, Lynne Wilson, and Karl Emil Rikardsen

Of the Sea: Fishermen, Seafood & Sustainability

        Producers: Mischa Hedges and Melissa Stevens

Today, fishing is a rare and challenging way of life – the number of fishing vessels in California has declined from over 6,900 in 1981 to just 1,800 vessels today.

River Blue

        Producer: Roger Williams, Paddle Productions Inc.

Narrated by long-time water supporter Jason Priestley, RiverBlue follows internationally celebrated river conservationist, Mark Angelo, on an around the world journey by river that uncovers the dark side of the fashion industry.

Sonic Sea

        Producers: Natural Resources Defense Council, Imaginary Forces, IFAW, and Diamond Docs

Producers: Natural Resources Defense Council, Imaginary Forces, IFAW, and Diamond Docs  Sonic Sea is a 60-minute documentary about the impact of industrial and military noise on whales and other marine life. act on the ocean. This film is narrated by Rachel McAdams and features Sting.

The Weekend Sailor

        Producer: Bernardo Arsuaga

Producer: Bernardo ArsuagaIn 1973, the United Kingdom organized the first head to head sailing race around the world, inviting expert crews from Europe and other countries against each other.

Honorable Mention Films

Between Two Harbors

         Producers: Richard Yelland, Jack Marshall Shinko, and Giovanne Helou

The Memory of Fish

        Producer: Dr Jennifer Galvin, Reelblue

Secrets of the Oceans: Climate Control

        Director: Christophe Cousin, Via Découvertes

Vamizi: Cradle of Coral

        Producer: Mattias Klum, Tierra Grande

Educational Non-broadcast Program

This category honors the best films produced specifically for use in museums, zoos, parks, aquariums, or other institutional/educational venues whose purpose is to increase the public’s understanding and affinity for the ocean and the life within.

Finalist Films

Coral Reefs: Trouble in Paradise

        Producer: Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation

Director: Alison Barrat This lm tells the story of an international scientic team in the Chagos Archipelago, a tropical paradise with some of the healthiest coral reefs on the planet.

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup: The West Coast Trail

        Producers: Vancouver Aquarium and World Wildlife Fund

Director: Ann Dreolini Ocean debris is a large and growing threat to our oceans. Can just 10 people make a difference?

Ocean Voices: Stories of the Mexican Seas

        Producer: Centro para la Biodiversidad Marina y la Conservación

Second Century Stewardship: Acadia National Park

        Producer: David E Shaw, Black Point Group

Producer: David E Shaw, Black Point Group   At the dawn of the second century for the US National Parks and Acadia National Park the opportunity exists to more powerfully engage science for the benefit of the parks and society

Three Miles From Safety

        Producer: David J Ruck, NOAA/ONMS

Honorable Mention Films

Career Spotlight: Aquatic Biologist

        Producer: Lauren Farrar, QUEST, KQED

Scuba Diver Dreams

        Producer: Wayne Hasson, Oceans for Youth Foundation

The Truth Behind Swimming with Dolphins

        Producer: Scuba Film Factory

Emerging Filmmaker

This category recognizes the best first-time films and filmmakers. To qualify for this category, this entry represents the filmmaker’s first time having creative control of the production. This category is for non-student filmmakers, such as recent graduates or new independents.

Finalist Films

Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth, From Heaven to Hell

        Producer: Renee Godfrey, BBC  

A Fish Full of Dollars

        Producer: Adrienne Gittus

Indonesia is the number one shark fishing nation in the world. Sharks are targeted species at the Tanjung Luar Fish market in Lombok.

Great White Lies

        Producer: Skyler Thomas, White Shark Video

White Shark Video Filmmaker Skyler Thomas visits Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand to learn about the history, motives, and impacts of white shark culling practices.

Ocean Heroines

        Producer: Alexandra Sorgenicht, Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion

Six heroines who are dedicating their lives to save the worlds most important Ecosystem

Sea of Life

        Producer: Julia Barnes

Producer: Julia Barnes  The ocean is the source of all life on earth and it’s in Trouble. Sea of Life follows an underwater adventure to discover the biggest threats facing the ocean

Second Century Stewardship: Acadia National Park

        Producer: David E Shaw, Black Point Group

Sixty Feet of Freedom

        Producers: Diving With Heroes, Snappa Films, and Freedom Media

Producers: Diving With Heroes, Snappa Films, and Freedom Media  Three US war veterans who are battling the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder face their fears and take on the challenge of SCUBA diving.

Honorable Mention Films

Can You Change the World

        Producer: Marcelina Martin, Two Spirit Films

The Challenger Mission: South Atlantic

        Producers: Lizette Gesuden and Daniel Jusino, RUCOOL

Erosion

        Producers: Carlos Underwood and Sergio Santiago, Saudade Productions

Fishing for Science: Giant Trevally

        Producer: Gaelin Rosenwaks

Fully Aquatic

        Producer: Brittany J Bierly

Shark Whisperer

        Producer: Oleg Finodeyev, ScubaFilmFactory

Marine Animal Behavior

This category honors the best films that focus on the behavior of any species of marine animal and provides insight into the animal’s life or shows behavior or species rarely seen by the general public.

Finalist Films

Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth, From Heaven to Hell

        Producer: Renee Godfrey, BBC  

Beneath the Bridge

        Producer: WPBT2/ South Florida PBS, Changing Seas Team

The Grouper Mystery

        Producer: Caroline Schoenfelder, Andromède Océanologie

Killer Whales: The Mega Hunt

        Producer: Table Mountain Films

An epic mega-hunt has been discovered in the waters of False Bay, South Africa, with six deadly and intelligent killer whales hunting 5000 common dolphins.

The Secret Sex Life of Fish

        Producer: WPBT2/ South Florida PBS, Changing Seas Team

Producer: WPBT2/ South Florida PBS, Changing Seas Team  Fish are the most diverse group of vertebrates on the planet, ranging from the gigantic whale shark to the tinniest minnow. Because of their diversity, fish have evolved very varied reproductive strategies that aren’t widely known by the general public.

Honorable Mention Films

Cozumel Island: Paradise in the Mayan Caribbean

        Producers: Gilda Sigie and Pedro Joaquin Delbouis

Fully Aquatic

        Producer: Brittany J Bierly

Giant Sea Serpent: Meet the Myth

        Producer: Bertand Loyer, Saint Thomas Productions

The Oceanic Whitetip: A Guy Harvey Expedition

        Producer: George C Schellenger and Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Expeditions

A Tough Place to Grow Up

        Producer: Walter Marti

Marine Sciences

This category honors the best films that present an engaging story while advancing the understanding of marine and oceanographic sciences or facilitates the public’s understanding of the sciences at work in the marine environment.

Finalist Films

Blue Serengeti

        Producers: Robert and Sarah Nixon, True Blue Films, Dr. Barbara Block, Hopkins Marine Station

Call of the Baby Beluga  

        Producers: Suzanne Chisholm and Michael Parfit, Natural Mystery Films

Coral Reefs: Trouble in Paradise

        Producer: Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation

Dispatches from the Gulf

        Producers: Marilyn and Hal Weiner, Screenscope

Director: Hal Weiner Six years after Deepwater Horizon – the biggest oil spill in U.S. history – a global team of scientists is working together to understand its environmental impact on humans.

Sea Turtles: The Lost Years

        Producer: WPBT2/ South Florida PBS, Changing Seas Team

Producer: WPBT2/ South Florida PBS, Changing Seas Team  After sea turtle hatchlings emerge from their nests, they vanish into the sea. Until recently, their journey was largely shrouded in mystery. Now, as technology advances, researchers are beginning to understand where turtles go during their so-called “lost years."

You're Not Hallucinating. That's Just Squid Skin.

        Producer: Joshua Cassidy, Deep Look, KQED

Producer: Joshua Cassidy, Deep Look, KQED Octopuses and cuttlefish are masters of underwater camouflage, blendingin scamlessly against a rock or coral

Honorable Mention Films

$2 Million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE

        Producer: XPRIZE

The Challenger Mission: South Atlantic

        Producers: Lizette Gesuden and Daniel Jusino, RUCOOL

Ocean Heroines

        Producer: Alexandra Sorgenicht, Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion

Maug's Caldera: A Natural Laboratory

        Producers:Open Boat Films & WPBT2/ South Florida PBS, Stephani Gordon & Changing Seas Team

The Oceanic Whitetip: A Guy Harvey Expedition

        Producer: George C Schellenger and Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Expeditions

We're Oyster Farmers

        Producer: Stefan Beaumont, Red Vault Productions

Maritime History: Archaeology and Anthropological Perspectives

This category honors the best films featuring maritime history and culture. Stories may focus on historical, archeological and/or anthropological aspects of the ocean’s influence on civilization’s social, cultural, political, spiritual, economic development around the world throughout the course of human history.

Finalist Films

Magic and Mystery of Sable Island

        Producers: Bill Barton and Gary Jobson

Moby Dick: Heart of a Whale

        Producers: Jürgen Stumpfhaus and Nathan Antila, Smithsonian Channel

Discover the true story that inspired Herman Melville’s literary masterpiece, “Moby Dick.”

Sharks of War

        Producer: Robert Cantrell, All Fins On Productions

Producer: Robert Cantrell, All Fins On Productions  At the height of World War II, Navy headquarters received reports about horrific shark attacks on servicemen. Join Robert Cantrell and his team as they dive among the sharks of World War II.

Three Miles From Safety

        Producer: David J Ruck, NOAA/ONMS

Producer: David J Ruck, NOAA/ONMSUSS Conestoga vanished after leaving San Francisco Bay in March of 1921. Carrying 56 sailors, many of whom were making their way to the ship's final duty station in American Samoa, Conestoga failed to appear in Pearl Harbor, its first stop. 

UTSUK: A Story of Fat

        Directors: Blaise Carrier, Chouinard Boulet, and Vincent Boulet

Directors: Blaise Carrier, Chouinard Boulet, and Vincent Boulet  In the past the isolation of coastal northern indigenous communities and the pristine quality of their marine environment
Music

This category honors the films and the composers that present the best original music, which is used in a way that complements and enhances the visuals in the film. A film will be only be eligible for this category if 50% or more of its music soundtrack is from original composition.

Finalist Films

Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth, From Heaven to Hell

        Producer: Renee Godfrey, BBC  

Endless

        Producer: Peter Schneider

Producer: Peter Schneider A music video and an ode to the cradle of all life, the Oceans.

Far Away to Ambon

        Producer: Andrea Esty

Second Century Stewardship: Acadia National Park

       Producer: David E Shaw, Black Point Group

Honorable Mention Films

Call of the Baby Beluga  

        Producers: Michael Parfit and David Parfit, Natural Mystery Films

Dream

        Producer: Jesse Andrewartha

Killer Whales: The Mega Hunt

        Producer: Table Mountain Films

An Ocean Mystery

        Producer: Alison Barrat, Khaled bin Sultan Living Ocean Foundation

Ocean Exploration and Adventure

This category honors the best films that portray adventurous exploits, ocean expeditions, manned-submersible missions and other exploration activities that increase understanding of the ocean frontier and the technology required to explore the world beneath the sea.

Finalist Films

Above & Below Socorro

        Producer: Florian Fischer, Behind the Mask

The Forgotten Coast

        Producer: Eric Bendick, Grizzly Creek Films

Director: Eric Bendick Following in the footsteps of a wandering Florida black bear, three friends discover a lost American wilderness that may transform the way we see the natural world.

The Grouper Mystery

        Producer: Caroline Schoenfelder, Andromède Océanologie

Andromède Océanologie Every year, thousands of groupers gather in secret in the Southern pass of Fakarava in French Polynesia, followed by hundreds of sharks.

Hunt for the Super Predator

        Producer: Leighton De Barros and David Riggs, Smithsonian Channel

The search for a shark-devouring underwater predator leads a team to an aquatic battle zone of killer whales, colossal squid and great whites.

Killer Whales: The Mega Hunt

       Producer: Table Mountain Films

An epic mega-hunt has been discovered in the waters of False Bay, South Africa, with six deadly and intelligent killer whales hunting 5000 common dolphins.

Living Fossils

        Producer: WPBT2/ South Florida PBS, Changing Seas Team

Director: Alexa Elliott-   In the deep, dark waters off the coast of Roatan, Honduras, strange flowerlike animals flurish. These sea lilies and feather stars, known as Crinoids have been around in various forms since before the age of Dinosaurs.

Honorable Mention Films

The Blinding Sea

        Producer: George Tombs

Bringing Fish Up From The Deep

       Producers: Adrienne Calo and Derek Lartaud, QUEST, KQED        

Canada 360

        Producer: John Wesley Chisholm, Arcadia Entertainment

Giant Sea Serpent: Meet the Myth

        Producer: Bertand Loyer, Saint Thomas Productions

Cozumel Island: Paradise in the Mayan Caribbean

        Producers: Gilda Sigie and Pedro Joaquin Delbouis

Fishing for Science: Giant Trevally

        Producer: Gaelin Rosenwaks

Ocean Sports

This category honors the best films featuring any of the great ocean sports. In addition to the showcasing the sport itself, the story should show how the sport helps raise awareness, teaches appreciation for the sea and engages others in ocean stewardship. Includes Surfing, SUP, Free Diving, Scuba Diving, Sailing, Kayaking, Swimming, Long Distance Rowing, etc.

Finalist Films

Chapter One

        Producers: Bram van Vugt and Egon Feiner, Eyeforce

What We Fish For

        Producers: Ted Kaplow and Sarah Curry, Fish Navy Films

Producers: Ted Kaplow and Sarah Curry, Fish Navy Films  What We Fish For is a rare chance to go eyeball to eyeball with the fish we love in their own world. Join four friends as they each follow their hearts to come to terms with what drives them to go fishing.

Fishing for Science: Giant Trevally

        Producer: Gaelin Rosenwaks

Director: Gaelin Rosenwaks Giant Trevally is a fish revered by many cultures and prized by sportsfishermen around the globe.

Green Fins for a Blue Planet

        Producer: Jim Toomey

This video shows how divers and snorkelers can enhance environmental and economic sustainabililty through the Green Fins certifcation program.

This Moment

        Producer: Sven Dreesbach

Producer: Sven Dreesbach  This Moment is a visual poem dedicated to surfing, in particular to that moment when you are out there in the ocean and your body and soul become one with nature

Oceanic Connection

        Producer: Haydn Fischer

This film is meant to generate one’s deepest inner stoke and give insight to the ways one can connect with the ocean.
Ocean Issues
This category honors the best films that raise awareness about any issue that is problematic and threatens a specific area or affects the ocean’s overall health, marine life, sustainability of natural systems and its ability to provide life support for our planet.

Finalist Films


After the Spill

Producer: Jon Bowermaster, Oceans 8 Films

Call of the Baby Beluga  

Producers: Suzanne Chisholm and Michael Parfit, Natural Mystery Films

A Plastic Ocean

Producer: Plastic Oceans Foundation
A PLASTIC OCEAN begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean

Sea Blind: The Price of Shipping Our Stuff

Producers: Sarah Robertson and Bernice Notenboom
Producers: Sarah Robertson and Bernice Notenboom   90% of everything we buy comes to us via ship. Globalization and modern shipping has defined our age and yet we are blind to this industry.

Sea of Life

Producer: Julia Barnes

Sonic Sea

Producers: NRDC, Imaginary Forces, IFAW, and Diamond Docs
Producers: Natural Resources Defense Council, Imaginary Forces, IFAW, and Diamond Docs  Sonic Sea is a 60-minute documentary about the impact of industrial and military noise on whales and other marine life. act on the ocean. This film is narrated by Rachel McAdams and features Sting.

Vamizi: Cradle of Coral

Producer: Mattias Klum, Tierra Grande
Producer: Mattias Klum, Tierra Grande   Vamizi is the largest island in the Quirimbas archipelago. Its relative isolation from mainland Mozambique has preserved its natural beauty and wildlife.

Honorable Mention Films


$2 Million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE

Producer: XPRIZE

Fix Florida

Producers: Costa Films

26 Years and Counting

Producers: JJ Kelley, Ben Clark, Josh Thomas

Acid Ocean

Producers: Tyler Mifflin and Alex Mifflin, The Water Brothers

Dispatches From the Gulf

Producers: Marilyn & Hal Weiner, Screenscope

Wastewater: A Widespread Threat

Producer: Jim Toomey

The Water Brothers and Ocean Spies

Producers: Tyler Mifflin and Alex Mifflin, The Water Brothers

Chrome

Producer: Jeremy Roberts, Conservation Media

People and the Sea: Cultural Connections

This category honors films that tell the story of the interconnection and influence of the ocean on an individual or a group’s cultural, social, economic, spiritual relationships between people and the sea.

Finalist Films

Bad Tidings

        Producer: Daniel Natale

The Empire of a Sailor

        Producer: Edson Fogaça

Directors: Edson Fogaça Benedito Raposo Teixeira (Silicrim), a solitaire sailor, reaches 80 years and he is faced with the harsh reality of having to stop to navigate, activity that have exercised since child.

Ocean Voices: Stories of the Mexican Seas

         Producer: Tania Escobar Alianza WWF/Fundación Carlos Slim and Mares Mexicanos.

A series of stories where science and tradition come together in a desire to preserve marine resources

Saving Jamaica Bay

        Producer: Daniel Hendrick

Saving Jamaica Bay tells the story of how one community—led by a family with roots in the area stretching back more than 100 years—fought official neglect and Hurricane Sandy to clean up and restore the largest open space in New York City, which had become a dumping ground for garbage, sewage, and bullet-riddled mobsters.

We're Oyster Farmers

        Producer: Stefan Beaumont, Red Vault Productions

Producer: Stefan Beaumont, Red Vault Productions A fisherman a scientist, out to change the waters one oyster at a time.

Honorable Mention Films

The Call from the Sea

        Producers: Taylor McNulty and Liz Magee

Call of the Ancient Mariner

        Producer: David Weintraub, Center for Cultural Preservation, Inc

Living the Ocean (Vey Nou Lagon)

        Producers: Vanina Harel and Zara Currimjee

UTSUK: A Story of Fat

        Directors: Blaise Carrier, Chouinard Boulet, and Vincent Boulet

Voyage: Into the Depths of Kanaloa

        Production: Ruben Carrillo, Carrillo Digital Production

Shorts Programs

SHORTS PROGRAM: Between 5 - 20 minutes

This category honors the best short films between 5 - 20 minutes in length that are engaging, creative and empowering.

Finalist Films

26 Years and Counting 

Producers: JJ Kelley, Ben Clark, Josh Thomas
The 1989 Exxon-Valdez oil spill became a generation's defining set of images and stories for what happens when environmental tragedy spreads.

Tsunami Tuna: Free Billy

Creators: Jim Wilkie and Daryl Wilcher
Pilot Logline: A giant radioactive tuna and a robotically-enhanced dolphin attempt to recruit a newly released orca into their fish army, only to discover the orca wishes to go back to the comfort of captivity.

In Pursuit of Plastics

Producers: Katie Jewett, Gianna Savoie, and Jeff Reed, Ocean Media Institute
Director: Producers: Katie Jewett, Gianna Savoie, and Jeff Reed, Ocean Media Institute In Pursuit of Plastics follows the transatlantic expedition of the ocean cleanup as they sail through the North Atlantic.

Souls of the Vemilion Sea: Searching for the Vaquita 

Producers: Matthew Podolsky and Sean Bogle, Wild Lens
Producers: Matthew Podolsky and Sean Bogle, Wild Lens Souls of the Vermilion Sea is a feature length documentary about the struggle to save the world's most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita.

Thailand's Seafood Slaves 

Producer: Environmental Justice Foundation
Producer: Environmental Justice Foundation Human trafficking, slavery and murder in Kantang's seafood industry

Value of Life 

Producer: Natasha Despotovic
Producer: Natasha Despotovic  Humanity is going through a critical period, in all aspects: we are all affected in the form of economic, financial, social and environmental chrises, to mention a few.

Honorable Mention Films

CO2ld Waters

Producer: Jeremy Roberts, Conservation Media

Cozumel: Underground Secrets

Producer: Mares Mexicanos

Fully Aquatic

Producer: Brittany J Bierly

Reclaiming the Deep: Solving the Riddle of Nitrogen Narcosis

Producer: Jesse Andrewartha

Saving West Africa's Coastal Assets

Producers: West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program, World Bank Group

Tropical Sea Peru: A Paradise for Hope

Producers: Yuri Hooker, Terra Aquatica, and Eduardo Salcedo, Follow EGS

SHORTS PROGRAM: Under 5 minutes

This category honors the best short films under 5 minutes in length that are engaging, creative and empowering.

Finalist Films

Close Encounters with a Sperm Whale 

Producer: Screenscope Films
Director: Hal Weiner Professor Scott Socolofsky (Texas A&M University) witnesses an unexpected visitor of the cetacean kind while conducting deep-sea research in the Gulf of Mexico.

From Drifter to Dynamo: The Story of Plankton

Producer: Joshua Cassidy, Deep Look, KQED
Most plankton are tiny drifters, wandering in a vast ocean. But where wind and currents converge they become part of a grander story.

I am Morgan - Stolen Freedom 

Producers: Daniel Azarian and Ingrid Visser
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see the world from an orca's point of view? Find out in 4 compelling minutes in this short film by independent directors.

I Am Ocean: Chad Wiggins

Producers: Gianna Savoie and Jeff Reed, Ocean Media Institute
Chad Wiggins, marine scientist, diver, and spearfisherman shares his personal connection to the coral reefs in Hawaii and his motivation to do everything he can to ensure this diverse, yet fragile habitat endures.

Plastic Pollution, Our Oceans, Our Future 

Producer: Christopher Hanson
Seventeen students from Hawaii examine the impact of plastic pollution on their beaches and envision a sustainable future for the world's oceans.

The Legacy 

Producer: Erick Higuera
Several species have disappeared where there used to be healthy populations, and example of this was the Giant Pacific Mantaray that disappeared of the Gulf of California.

Honorable Mention Films

Finisterra

Producer: Erick Higuera

Shark Rescue

Producer: Skyler Thomas, White Shark Video

Inside the Mangrove Forest

Producer: Alison Barrat, Khaled bin Sultan Living Ocean Foundation

Pygmy Seahorses: Masters of Camouflage

Producer: Joshua Cassidy, Deep Look, KQED

Shark and Lion

Producer: Behind the Mask

Tiger Sharks Fight for Survival

Producer: Angela Smith, Shark Team One
Students Program
This category honors the best films made by students enrolled in a verifiable academic program. Includes both secondary and college level programs. No age restrictions. Proof of student status must be sent in with submission materials.

Finalist Films

The Book of Marine Protected Areas

Fabrizio Gianni,Giulia Prato and Kévin Peyrusse

The Crystal Reef

Lauren Knapp
Director: LAUREN KNAPP This 360 underwater experience brings viewers to the reefs of Ischia, Italy where they can learn about ocean acidication and the future impact of climate change.

Whale Aware

Lauren Gilberson
Director: Lauren Gilberson  Whale Aware is the story of now a mobile app is being used to decrease the number of whale strikes by ships in busy shipping lanes in the US.

Fully Aquatic

Producer: Brittany J Bierly
Director: Brittany Bierly Fully Aquatic explores the possible consequences of taking the Florida Manatee off the endangered species list.

Bad Tidings

Producer: Daniel Natale

Living the Ocean (Vey Nou Lagon)

Vanina Harel
Director: Vanina Harel When a Mauritian fisherman discovers that his livelihood is in jeopardy because of his own actions, he decides to lead a movement to protect the lagoons.

Honorable Mention Films

Below the Bay

Francesca Crichton, Samantha Cordova, Analia Piacentini

Falling Stars

Jared Price

Herald of the Sea

Celine Schmidt

On The Line

Amanda Sosnowski

The Open ROV Experience

Polk State Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School

Unnatural Reef

Jonathan C Myers

Ocean Eyes

Global Scribes: Youth Uniting Nations

Tampa Bay Water Story

Katy Hennig