Cinema for salty souls

The Ocean Film Festival Australia will inspire and enthrall, touring the country with a message of conservation. 

Photography by Ocean Film Festival Australia

13 February 2017


Australian audiences will be able to immerse themselves in the wonders of the ocean without getting their feet wet this March as the Ocean Film Festival Australia hits cinemas across the country.

The festival, which features seven of the world’s most captivating ocean-themed short films, (six Australian Cinematic Premiers) will light up silver screens in 20 towns and cities.

Designed to mesmerise and enthrall, the Ocean Film Festival Australia showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface.  The films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, sailors, rowers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue.

The films feature captivating cinematography, complete with awe-inspiring underwater scenes and fast-paced wave sequences that have been captured from unbelievable vantage points. Mesmerising images of schooling fish, colourful coral gardens and jellyfish blooms are complemented with up-close footage of curious marine creatures such as seals, dolphins, turtles and whales.


Incredible journeys and brilliant cinematography will appeal to all those with salt in their veins.

Take a journey from New Zealand to Patagonia via Antarctica with a ragtag crew of sailors, probe a foreign world where man is no longer the dominant force, track the survival of humpback whales in New Zealand with some salty old seadogs and battle the temperamental North Atlantic winds to surf the frigid shores of Iceland.  Together we will take a deep breath and explore the hidden world of Europe’s largest wreck and take on one of the toughest ocean endurance challenges on the planet with four unexpected world record holders.

Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival Australia is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home.

The Ocean Film Festival Australia will tour the country in March. Tickets are on sale now.

TOWNSVILLE: 1 March – Riverway Arts Centre
CAIRNS: 2,3,4 March – CoCA Centre of Contemporary Arts
BYRON BAY: 7 & 8 March – Byron Theatre
GOLD COAST: 9 March – The Arts Centre Gold Coast
NOOSA: 10 March – The J
PROSERPINE: 11 March – Proserpine Entertainment Centre NEW LOCATION
BRISBANE: 10 & 11 April – Brisbane Powerhouse

SYDNEY CITY: 10 & 11 March – Seymour Centre NEW VENUE
SYDNEY EAST: 13 March – Randwick Ritz
SYDNEY NORTH: 14 & 15 March – Hayden Orpheum
WOLLONGONG: 23 March – Uni Movies, University Hall
NEWCASTLE: 23 March – Tower Cinemas
AVOCA BEACH: 24 March – Avoca Beach Picture Theatre

CANBERRA: 24 & 25 March – National Film & Sound Archives

PERTH: 14-17 March – State Theatre Centre of WA
BROOME: 18 March Sun Pictures
MARGARET RIVER: 20 March – Arts Margaret River NEW LOCATION

ADELAIDE: 22 March – The Capri Cinema

HOBART: 18 March – Farrall Centre, The Friends School

MELBOURNE CROWN: 28 March – Crown Melbourne
MELBOURNE ASTOR: 29 March – The Astor Theatre
WARRNAMBOOL: 30 March – Capitol Theatre NEW LOCATION

GEELONG: 31 March – Village Cinemas NEW LOCATION

DARWIN: 28 June – Deckchair Cinema

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