Ocean Film Festival Australia

MOVIES

MOVIES FOR THE NEXT OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL AUSTRALIAN TOUR WILL BE ANNOUNCED EARLY 2015

IMMERSION – EXCLUSIVE FESTIVAL EDIT

Australia  |  7 mins

Produced by: Tim Bonython

Focus: Surfing

This exclusive tour edit of the multi-award winning surf documentary Immersion will have your heart racing and palms sweating. Discover the science behind what makes the perfect wave as you witness some of surfing’s greatest talents take on monster swells at Shipstern’s Bluff, about 30km off Tasmania’s south coast.

VARIABLES WITH KIMI WERNER

USA  |  5 mins

Focus: Ocean culture and exploration

Kimi Werner grew up in tropical surroundings in Maui, Hawaii’s second-largest island. This film follows Kimi’s journey as she strives to find her place in the ecosystem, treading the fine line between predator and prey and eventually discovering balance in an unlikely place.

THE TRIP – AUSTRALIAN PREMIER

Italy  |  15 mins

Produced by: Manfred Bortoli

Focus: Ocean documentary

Featuring sublime underwater footage, this award-winning film documents a 500-year-long ocean adventure. Paying tribute to the planet’s diverse marine ecosystems, The Trip demonstrates how all of the world’s oceans are linked, and highlights the global consequences local actions have on our seas.

HAENYEO: WOMEN OF THE SEA – AUSTRALIAN PREMIER

USA  |  12 mins

Produced/Directed by: Kevin Sawicki, Alex Igidbashian, Daye Jeong

Focus: Ocean culture

For centuries, Haenyeo, or female free-divers, have collected seafood off Jeju Island, in South Korea, without the use of scuba equipment. This film documents the triumphs, trials and harsh realities of everyday life for this brave group of women.

AND THEN WE SWAM – AUSTRALIAN PREMIER

UK  |  38 mins

Produced/Directed by: Ben Finney

Focus: Ocean rowing and exploration

In May 2010, two friends set off to row across the Indian Ocean in a secondhand boat. Having zero rowing experience, they signed up for an organised race - only to find that a lack of entrants meant that there would be no support boat. After 116 gruelling days at sea, the duo was within 8km of the finishing line when disaster struck.

DUCT TAPE SURFING

Australia  |  5 mins

Produced by: Mark Tipple

Focus: Ocean sport and culture

Eighteen years ago, a car accident left Pascale Honore paralysed from the waist down. Fascinated by the ocean, Pascale dreamed of being able to surf. With the help of a roll of duct tape and with the support her sons’ friend Tyron Swan, a big wave surfer and professional diver, Pascale’s dream eventually became a reality. Share in her joy.

WATER

Netherlands  |  8 mins

Focus: Freediving

Follow world champion free-diver Guillaume Néry deep below the water’s surface as he transforms the sport of free-dining into an art. Now a world-record holder, Guillaume reaches depths of more than 100m and can stay below the surface for more than seven minutes at a time. His forays into the big blue will leave you breathless.

HYDROPOLIS

Bali  |  3 mins

Produced by: Olivier Van den Broeck & Greet Meulepas

Focus: Ocean documentary

Filmed on a sandy seafloor off the coast Bali, in Indonesia, this award-winning film features mesmerising footage of a feather hydroid colony. Informative and captivating, this visually rich film provides insights into the species that inhabit and depend upon the hydroid.

THE GIANT AND THE FISHERMAN – AUSTRALIAN PREMIER

Italy  |  15 mins

Produced by: Manfred Bortoli

Focus: Ocean culture and marine life

Discover the incredible friendship that develops between two beings linked by the sea: whale sharks and fishermen. Rather than hunting them for their fins, the fishermen believe the sharks are a symbol of good luck. This film tells the remarkable tale of the unlikely friendship that exists between these two competing predators.

People Under the Sea – AUSTRALIAN PREMIER

France  |  26 mins

Produced by: Via Decouvertes

Focus: Ocean art and diving

By placing 400 statues on a seabed in the Caribbean Sea, off the coast of Mexico, artist Jason Taylor was able to combine his two lifelong passions: scuba diving and sculpture. This film captures his journey as he transforms the seafloor into a huge underwater museum for visitors to explore while diving, or admire from the surface with a mask.

RIDERS TO THE SEA – AUSTRALIAN PREMIER

Ireland  |  6 mins

Focus: Surfing, humour

A surfing duel breaks out between a male and female surfer off Ireland’s west coast. This quirky short is filled with breaking waves and racing hearts as the pair compete for their place in the surf.

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