The BLUE Ocean Film Festival will be coming to Auburn March 21-23.
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The BLUE Ocean Film Festival began in Savannah, Ga. in 2009. At the festival, tons of films are shown about the ocean and the life under the waves. Its purpose is to inspire people’s passion for the ocean and to bring awareness to how important this resource is to everyone on the planet.
In 2011, the festival started officially touring the world, and Auburn was its first stop. The festival is back in Auburn for March 21-23. Download the full BLUE Ocean schedule poster.
“I came from a background as a documentary film director. Film making is challenging on land and especially under water,” said Debbie Kinder, CEO of BLUE Ocean Film Festival.
Kinder said she first got the idea for the festival because there was only a small selection of films that were about ocean life or water, and she wanted to pay tribute to the underwater film makers doing great works.
“We also want people to see what a wonderful thing the ocean is,” Kinder said. “Most people will never see what is beneath the waves without seeing these films.”
At the festival, there is always a film competition. In the 2011 festival, there were 24 categories and 370 film submissions, and there was a total of 180 screenings. They take these films all over the country to places around the world like China, Germany and Tasmania.
The festival starts on Thursday, March 21 at 5 p.m. in Biggin Hall with keynote speaker, Ocean Elder Jean-Michel Cousteau. He is an explorer, film producer and environmentalist.