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Ocean Film Festival dives into the UK this autumn

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Plunge into a night of ocean adventure as the Ocean Film Festival World Tour brings a new collection of captivating ocean-themed films to venues around the UK this autumn.

Now in its tenth year, the Ocean Film Festival is a cinematic celebration of the planet’s oceans, starring mind-boggling marine creatures, thrilling watersports, and highlighting the profound impact of a lifestyle connected to the ocean.

“We started the Ocean Film Festival World Tour with big dreams, not only to inspire the world to explore and enjoy our oceans, but also to protect and respect them,” says festival founder Jemima Robinson.

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Still from the film Storm Chasers from the Ocean Film Festival

“With a passion for film and all things ocean, I wanted the Ocean Film Festival World Tour to become an avenue for bringing people together to celebrate Mother Nature. We have done this through sharing unique stories from independent filmmakers from around the globe, and now set our sights towards the next ten years.”

The Ocean Film Festival originated in Australia, and in its first ten years has been shown in 14 countries, showcased films from 89 independent filmmakers, and donated over £21,000 to ocean charities. The 2023 UK tour is presented by the Marine Conservation Society and by PADI, the world’s largest diver organisation.

PADI is excited to partner with the Ocean Film Festival again in 2023, to showcase adventures beneath the waves that are often closer to home than people might realise!” says Rachel Croft, marketing manager at PADI. “As the largest diving organisation in the world, we have a bold mission to create a billion Torchbearers to explore and protect the ocean. PADI is mobilising its global community in solution-based initiatives geared towards a more-sustainable future for all. We invite attendees of the UK Ocean Film Festival to join PADI to become a Torchbearer and drive positive ocean change.”

The inspirational short films are introduced by a compère, and each screening will see a free prize giveaway to win ocean-related goodies.

Film highlights include:

BROKEN BREATH

Broken Breath follows Italian freediving champion Mike Maric, who was at the top of his sport when a tragic accident left his world shattered. Mike went from being able to hold his breath for over five minutes, to being unable to hold it for ten seconds. From swimming with dolphins to self-discovery, this film shares a journey of how the ocean can be an opportunity to find rebirth.

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Still from Broken Breath

BLUETITS

When Sian Richardson went for a cold-water dip in Pembrokeshire in 2014, she never dreamt she’d inspire an international movement. Sian went on to form the beloved swimming group Bluetits, which now has around 100,000 participants worldwide. A journey of self-discovery and joie de vivre, Bluetits is a heartwarming celebration of chilly older women and the community that brings them together.

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Still from Bluetits

THE CUSTODIANS

Meet the Scots who are restoring their local waters, one seagrass bed at a time. Commercial overfishing and bottom trawling have turned Scotland’s once-thriving west coast waters into sparse, lifeless deserts. The Custodians follows the work of four locals who are reclaiming their natural coastlines, restoring wildlife, creating sustainable industries and showing us how we can work with, not against, our ocean.

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Still from The Custodians
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Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editorial Director Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. nearly 40-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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