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The BLUE Ocean Film Festival 2010

Mark your calendars! The 2nd Annual BLUE Ocean Film Festival will be held in Monterey, CA August 25-29th.

2010 marks the relocation of the film festival to its permanent home in Monterey Bay – an area heralded for world class diving in kelp forests, an abundance of marine research & policy institues, and the iconic Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Filmmakers are encouraged to submit their films for consideration in 19 different categories; new categories for 2010 include: –Dot Docs & New Media, –Spanish Language Film, –Featuring Monterey Bay, -National Marine Sanctuary Short, Original Music Score.

The call for submissions opened last week; to be eligible for a discounted “early bird” application fee submit your film by February 15th, 2010. The regular deadline for film submissions is March 15th, 2010.

Blue Ocean Film Festival promo from Jim Carswell on Vimeo

BLUE Ambassador Fabien Cousteau will host other ocean advocates at this year’s event. Winners from last year’s innaugural festival included:

Best of Festival Winner 2009
The Cove, Oceanic Preservation Society

Best of Festival Finalists 2009
Call of the Killer Whale, Ocean Futures Society
Saving Luna,
Mountainside Film
Terra Antarctica,
Oceans 8
The Great Tide,
BBC Natural History Unit
Wild Ocean,
Giant Screen Films

For more information and to download your application go to the BLUE website.

Francesca Koe
Francesca Koe
An active ocean advocate, VP of U.S. Freediving, a multi-agency dive instructor, PFI Safety Supervisor and AIDA judge, Francesca also serves as the Editor-At-Large here at You can usually find Francesca diving in the kelp, hanging out at the Farallones with sharky friends, or trying to improve upon her own PB's.