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BLUE: A Global Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Event
BLUE is a biennial festival that in just two seasons has become regarded as the premiere ocean film festival by combining ocean films, an industry conference and a conservation summit unlike any other event in the world. The festival has earned its reputation by bringing together more than 500 of the finest filmmakers, media professionals and researchers in a fun and engaging environment to present the largest and most entertaining collection of ocean related films anywhere. BLUE also is recognized as more than a niche event and has become a rising star on international film festival circuit for its trend setting activities. Featuring more than 100 outstanding ocean films and an exceptional week of mingling with renowned filmmakers, media execs, and revered researchers, the festival provides exceptional workshops, fun social activities and unprecedented opportunities for both the general public and film industry professionals.
Film Festival | Industry Conference | Conservation Summit
September 24-30, 2012
Set next to one of the world's most scenic landscapes along the Monterey Bay Peninsula, BLUE is a high-energy, enlightening and entertaining 7-Day festival showcasing the world's finest ocean films and award winning marine photography along with a filmmakers marketplace, science and conservation seminars, international policy discussions and a robust ocean media industry conference.
BLUE's industry conference provides unparallelled educational and networking opportunities for underwater and ocean related productions. Industry Conference seminars and workshops offer mentoring from esteemed professionals from the synergistic disciplines of media technology, underwater film-making, marine photography, ocean conservation, deep sea exploration, marine sciences, project funding, television programming, feature film production and content distribution.
Festival-goers get a chance to enjoy hundreds of entertaining films, exciting programs and great camaraderie and in an inspiring destination.
“More than films, more than a celebration of all things wet, the Blue Ocean Film Festival brings together a potent mix of artists, scientists, conservationists, decision makers, industry leaders, inquisitive teachers, lively kids and more. Come to be in the company of kindred spirits and make useful contacts. Come to be entertained, or inspired, or informed. Come to have a good time. Whatever strums your blue heartstrings just don't miss out. Dr. Sylvia Earle Founder Mission Blue, SEAlliance and a National Geographic Explorer in Residence
BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit 2012 agenda consists of:
1) International Film Competition: Honoring all genres of Ocean related films. The best ocean films from around the globe are selected to be screened and celebrated during the festival and recognized at the BLUE Carpet Awards Ceremony.
2) Industry Conference: Offering a full slate of programs for professional development. With seminars and hands-on skill building workshops focused on underwater & ocean related film-making, multimedia communication skills & excellence in underwater photography.
3) Conservation Summit: World leaders in Ocean Issues, Solutions and Policy head up a series of lectures & panels in conjunction with community educational outreach programs
As BLUE celebrates, supports and nurtures the spirit of the independent filmmaker and honors the accomplishments of film, photography and conservation heroes, Ocean Lovers, Photography Fans and Film Aficionados enjoy very special opportunities to interact with the Ocean Icons ...renowned explorers, filmmakers, scientists, artists, celebrities and conservation heroes from around the world.
BLUE is a "Not to Be Missed" event on the film festival circuit and offers both professional film-making and photography veterans & newcomers to the field an outstanding experience and opportunity for professional development and advancement.