Ocean Film Festival comes to London 10-14 October 2016

by Ian Tokelove

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour returns to London’s Union Chapel this October, after last year’s highly acclaimed Tour.

Originating in Australia, the programme features a brand new selection of the world’s most enthralling, ocean-themed short films. The Ocean Film Festival will show in 30 towns and cities across the UK, with London screenings showing over 10-14th October 2016.

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases over two hours of sublime footage, taken above and below the water’s surface. This year features an exceptional programme of films that capture the raw power and beauty of the ocean, whilst celebrating those who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue.

Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour promises incredible cinematography, touching interviews and insightful narration. With awe-inspiring underwater scenes and fast-paced wave sequences that have been captured from unbelievable vantage points, each of the festival’s films also convey a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the animals that live there.

The 2016 line up includes:

Kayaking the AleutiansKayaking the Aleutians: 36 minutes / Regarded as one of the greatest and most technical sea kayak expeditions in the world, British explorers Justine Curgenven and Sarah Outen set out to paddle 2,500 km along the Aleutian chain of islands in Alaska. Alone for 101 days and at the mercy of one of the windiest, roughest places on earth, the two women are swept away from land by unknown currents, pounded by rough seas and approached by bears. Join them on their journey, as they gain a rare insight into themselves, the rich wildlife and this harsh yet beautiful landscape.

The RightThe Right: 2 minutes / Hold your breath and grab your seats as Australian Gold Coast Surfer Ryan Hippwood takes on one of the world’s most dangerous and unpredictable waves – “The Right” in Western Australia.

Gold of BengalGold of Bengal: 43 minutes / Join Frenchman Corentin de Chatelperron on a voyage through the islands of Indonesia. Corentin set sail with two egg-laying hens, a small greenhouse to grow potatoes, and various other handmade contraptions for six months’ sailing around the deserted islands of the Gulf of Bengal. Weathering storms, lost and broken gear, loneliness, success and failure Gold of Bengal will take you on a voyage of discovery and exploration.

The AccordThe Accord: 18 minutes / Follow Heiðar Logi Elíasson, Iceland’s first and only professional surfer, on his journey through Iceland’s magnificent terrain depicting the turbulent relationship between an Icelandic surfer and the North Atlantic wind. Watch the trailer.

Ocean Stories: The HallsOcean Stories: The Halls: 20 minutes / Howard and Michele Hall have made a life of diving into the unknown in search of unique marine subjects for their IMAX films. With over four decades of marine cinematography experience and winning seven Emmy awards, the Halls are the world’s premier underwater filmmakers. This film takes us on a visual adventure with them beneath the waves and into the alien world of the deep.

India's First Surfer GirlIndia’s First Surfer Girl: 5 minutes / Meet Ishita Malaviya – India’s first ever professional female surfer. As Ishita herself says: “in India women are expected to get an education, find a job, get married and then make babies.” Get a glimpse into Ishita’s inspiring journey as she breaks with the expectations of her family and society.

One VoiceOne Voice: 6 minutes / The story of the North Pacific Humpback Whale’s epic battle to survive from extinction. Hunting decimated the population down to around 500 by the 1970’s. 40 years later and their numbers have increased to over 25,000.

Note: the film programme may be subject to slight change.

Purchase tickets for the Ocean Film Festival

Tickets are on sale now. To find out more about the festival, to view the trailer and to book tickets, visit www.oceanfilmfestival.co.uk 

The 2016 UK Ocean Film Festival World Tour is working in partnership with marine conservation charities Marine Conservation Society and Surfers Against Sewage. By donating 25p from every ticket sold during the Tour, Ocean Film Festival World Tour hopes to help raise awareness of the organisations and contribute towards their essential work.

Ocean Film Festival London 2016

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