Monterey, CA — BLUE Ocean Film Festival announced its 2010 award winning films at the BLUE Carpet Awards held at the Golden State Theater in Monterey. The award ceremony also honored great leaders in ocean conservation and hosted many generations of marine stewardship.
The Best of Festival award went to “Bag It!” by Reel Thing. The film follows a self-proclaimed “average guy” who undertakes a global pilgrimage to explore the plastic in our world and to understand its impact on the health of our bodies and our world. The film also debunks the idea of disposable, single-use plastic.
Last year’s Best of Festival was presented to The Cove, which went on to win the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2010. Performance Freediving International was on hand for this year’s ceremony, as well as at a Q&A session with Kirk Krack and Mandy-Rae Cruickshank after a festival screening of Bob Talbot’s freediving classic “OceanMen”, which was shown in the IMAX theater to a sold out crowd.
Disneynature’s epic documentary “OCEANS,” narrated by Pierce Brosnan, walked away with Best Original Music Score and Best Theatrical film, offering a never-before-seen look at astounding creatures beneath the sea.
PFI progeny, Kaila Marine Krack networks at BLUE, winning over Jean Michel Cousteau and his son, Fabien.
At the BLUE Carpet Awards Ceremony, the BLUE Ocean Film Festival also introduced two prestigious awards for outstanding accomplishments in environmental stewardship:
- The “Making Waves Award” honors those, who, in the words of the West Point Cadet Maxim, “risk more than others think is safe, care more than others think is wise, dream more than others think is practical, and expect more that others think is possible.” This year, Jean-Michel Cousteau, son Fabien Cousteau and daughter Celine Cousteau were honored with a special tribute to patriarch and pioneering ocean adventurer Jacques Yves Cousteau.
- The “Sylvia Earle Award” for outstanding ocean advocacy was presented to Dr. Carl Safina for his accomplishments in the areas of conservation policy and environmental stewardship.
Other festival-winning films presented at the BLUE Carpet Awards included: