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Blue Ocean Film Festival Brings Stellar Lineup of Screenings, Events to the Monterey Peninsula
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is proud to be a major sponsor of the BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit September 24-30, headquartered at Monterey’s Portola Hotel.
“Films play a key role in connecting people everywhere with the beauty and wonder of the oceans,” said aquarium Executive Director Julie Packard. “Done well, they can compel people to care more, then do more to protect the oceans. We’re very pleased to support BLUE as the festival’s presenting sponsor.”
More than 100 films selected from some 370 entries will be screened, with something for everyone—from individual tickets to films for as little as $5 to a selection of Festival passes that include all events, films, panels, the industry trade show and more. Ocean luminaries attending the events include HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Fabien Cousteau, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Lifetime Achievement Award honorees director James Cameron and Captain Don Walsh, and others. BLUE is also bringing together a gathering of remarkable deep-sea submersibles and their creators as part of the festival.
In addition to films and receptions, BLUE features a range of ocean conservation-focused panels with experts addressing topics ranging from sub piloting for cinematographers to California legislative successes, oceans in a high-CO2 world and “flying” with whales.
Since its debut in June 2009, BLUE has been recognized for bringing together the world’s greatest collection of ocean films, esteemed filmmakers and marine experts. It is also the first festival to combine an international ocean film competition, a professional underwater filmmakers’ and photographers’ conference, and high-profile ocean conservation presentations, along with educational and entertainment activities for ticket-holders and the community.
To purchase festival tickets, and for more information about BLUE: A Global Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Event, visit www.bluefilmfest.com.
The mission of the Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the oceans.
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About the BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit
The BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit is a project of Make A Difference Media (MADM), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to using the power of media to make a positive impact on important global issues. MADM is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.
For more information, visit www.makeadifferencemedia.orgwww.makeadifferencemedia.org.
About the Monterey Bay Aquarium
The mission of the nonprofit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the oceans. Through its award-winning exhibits, education programs, cutting-edge marine research and conservation advocacy initiatives, it has established itself as a leader among aquariums worldwide. It is consistently ranked as the No. 1 aquarium in the United States and the top aquarium for families. For more information, visit www.montereybayaquarium.org.