Editor’s Note — This piece continues with our Ocean Organization Spotlight series. Here, we will feature all kinds of foundations and organizations working to protect the oceans and its inhabitants around the globe. Every organization will have its own feature but you can easily find them on the new Ocean Organization Spotlight page.
The Beneath the Waves Film Festival is a unique student- and scientist-run film festival that promotes ocean conservation and science communication. Now in its fifth year, Beneath the Waves™ has reached thousands of people in-person around the world.
The mission of Beneath the Waves™ is to raise public awareness about ocean conservation and marine science and to promote science communication and scientific literacy through film. They accomplish this by organizing several film festivals throughout the year. Most of their films are also available online through their website. One unique component of their format is that the films are all less than 10 minutes long, so you can learn about marine science without committing to a two-hour documentary. Each film tells its own story about marine science or marine conservation efforts, in topics ranging from kelp forests in Tasmania to plastic pollution in the South Pacific, as well as following the research of today’s active marine science community.
Beneath the Waves Film Festivals are held worldwide throughout the year. The Festivals include screenings of several films followed by a discussion between audience members and local scientists. There are typically three or four large screenings (100-200 people) and 15 smaller ones (less than 100 people) that take place all over the world in all kinds of venues, from universities to hostels. Learn more about their festivals here.
Beneath the Waves™ accepts submissions from anyone — scientists, students, or advocates, professionals or amateurs. “The goal is to give the oceans a voice, and the best way to do this is to share the stories of a wide range of ocean storytellers. Whether you are a seasoned professional or just picked up a camera for the first time, if you have a good story to tell, we want to hear it and then share it with as many people as possible” says co-director Erica Staaterman.
They have just begun accepting submissions for the 2014 annual Festival. The kick-off event scheduled for March 10-14, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida, with several other events already lined up throughout the US, Europe, and Australia. Learn how to submit a film here.
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