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Meet the characters and creatures of the ocean
Plunge into the energy of The Ocean Festival World Tour - Capri Theatre


In this festival of nine short and medium-length films, you will meet the characters and creatures of the environment that give us life in the ocean. Just as you were captivated and thrilled with the Ocean Film Festival 2017, be prepared again for two hours of raw power, overflowing passion and deep respect at The Ocean Film Festival World Tour - 2018.



Ocean Festival Director, Jemima Robinson said, "Making the final film selection for the Festival is definitely the hardest part of the job. It is like putting together a very intricate jigsaw puzzle where all the pieces have to balance each other out to create a well-rounded program." This year, over 300 entries were received from around Australia and the world, which were narrowed down to the top 30 films, but then it was very difficult to select only 9 films because of the high quality of films submitted. Given the state of our oceans and the number of passionate people who are committed to preserving them, an overabundance of ocean environmental films were received. "We could easily host 2 more programs just of films about ocean environmental challenges."

The films include an electric exploration of Victoria's coastal creatures to the crest of an 80-foot Hawaiian monster wave, to the depth and boundless of our ocean ecosystems and the people who protect and pursue them. Robinson said, "As much as these are stories to inspire our desire to defend and connect with our oceans, they are also stories of about our fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, neighbours and mad schoolmates who are all chasing their dreams."

Once again be motivated as a diverse range of films from around the world will cover the ocean's surroundings, marine creatures, and those who are not only passionate about oceanic sports, but also love and respect our oceans and the creatures that live in it.

The films entered, often portrayed from a human perspective, the ocean as a beautiful and serene environment with a calming effect. However, one film in particular shows what the ocean is like from a marine creatures perspective. When you live under the surface, the ocean can be a fierce, dangerous place where everything is in danger of being eaten at any moment.

Plunge into the energy of The Ocean Festival World Tour - Capri Theatre


Robinson said, "These films are made by surfers, divers, sailors and swimmers who feel compelled to share their connection to the water with us. From deep-water spear-fishing, big-wave riding, cross-ocean rowing, and sailing a backyard hobby yacht from England to Auckland, we realise that this love we have for the ocean as Australians is a global and fundamentally human emotion."

"One particular film we worked closely with the filmmakers, was the 32-minute film Touched by the Ocean. The initial cut was much longer," said Robinson. The two characters in this against-all-odds ocean rowing film with Latvian and Russian subtitles was at times confusing and incomprehensible. "Their spirit, the audaciousness of their journey and their connection to the ocean was abundantly clear and we knew their film was well worth putting in the effort to craft a shorter edit with fluent English subtitles. The result is captivating and hilarious."

Another outstanding film that needed to be included in the festival was the story of a lifesaver in South Africa, who had an encounter with a 4.7 Great White Shark. "The impact this encounter had on his life is really intriguing," says Robinson.



The festival aims to create a program that showcases a variety of stories and viewpoints, as well as films that make you think twice or see things differently. "As stunning as surfing films can be, they often lack a compelling story so it is always a delight when we receive a great submission like The Big Wave Project from Adelaide filmmaker Tim Bonython that breaks this mould." There were a large proportion of ocean environmental films that touch on the key issues of plastics pollution, coral bleaching and global warming. Each film is unique as it tackles the issue quite differently. "Often the most difficult story to tell is those entirely underwater like a scuba diving or freediving story because it is difficult to talk directly to the camera. This is when the filmmakers have to get creative and the results can be a very pleasant surprise," Robinson said.

Robinson added, "We know that most people leave this event wanting to quit work and hit the water, which is why every year our audience numbers continue to swell."

Proceeds from select Festival events support the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS), the Project AWARE Foundation, and Sea Shepherd Australia with $1 from every ticket sold at Festival screenings in Adelaide, Sydney Orpheum and Ritz, Perth, Melbourne and Hobart.

If you wish to find out more about The Ocean Festival World Tour 2018 - Australia, or if you wish to book to avoid disappointment, visit the website HERE or visit their Facebook page or email: information@capri.org.au

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Why? In this festival of nine short and medium-length films you will meet the characters and creatures of the environment that give us life in the ocean.
When: 7.00 pm - 10.00 pm,17 March, 2018
Where: The Capri Theatre, 141 Goodwood Road, Goodwood S.A. 5034
Cost: $24.50 - $32.86 - Email: information@capri.org.au
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