World Ocean Day Film Festival Returns

Loggerhead Marinelife Center will host the third annual film festival in partnership with the International Ocean Film Foundation June 8

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A still from The Granny Grommets. Photo by Leah Rustomjee
A still from The Granny Grommets. Photo by Leah Rustomjee

Celebrate World Ocean Day with Loggerhead Marinelife Center during the Third Annual World Ocean Day Film Festival, hosted in partnership with the International Ocean Film Foundation, on June 8. Kicking off at 5 p.m., guests will hear stories from a panel of local underwater filmmakers and photographers, tour the center’s outdoor sea turtle hospital, and view a series of 11 short, ocean-inspired films in the Gordon & Patricia Gray Auditorium.

The evening’s festivities begin with cocktail hour and a silent auction on the Ocean Sky Deck. Proceeds from the auction will support Loggerhead’s ocean conservation and education.

The event continues with a panel discussion and film screenings from 6 to 9 p.m. Panelists include Tom Fitz, an Emmy- and BAFTA-winning cameraman, producer, and director for the BBC, PBS, and National Geographic; Andrea Whitaker, a biologist and underwater photographer who has collaborated with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and Lee Burghard, an award-winning underwater filmmaker, Nauticam Ambassador, and an equipment specialist for Reff Photo and Video.

WILD HOPE: Return of the Manatees film poster. Photo by Wilma Davis
WILD HOPE: Return of the Manatees film poster. Photo by Wilma Davis

The festival’s film lineup includes: WILD HOPE: Return of the Manatees; The Granny Grommets; Shark Researchers: A New Approach to Shark Conservation; A Disappearing Forest; Return of the Mangroves; Konstantinus’ Legacy – Awakening the Love for Nature; Kingdom of Ice: Antarctica’s Leopard Seals; Blue Habits: Baja, Mexico; Deep Trouble; Deep Look; and Dahican.

For a family-friendly experience of the World Ocean Day Film Festival, join Loggerhead on June 9, from noon to 2 p.m. for a free, curated screening of award-winning films. The event will feature 10 professional and youth-directed films from around the world in collaboration with Youth Making Ripples.

Tickets are $40 and include one beverage courtesy of Sailfish Brewing Company and access to the evening’s events. The film festival and panel discussions will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets to the festival, visit marinelife.org/wod-film-festival.

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