OCEAN 'BEST OF' FILMS
A collection of crowd favourites from the last 5 years of the Ocean Film Festival World Tour!
KAYAKING THE ALEUTIANS
Filmmaker: Justine Curgenven
British explorers Justine Curgenven and Sarah Outen set out to paddle the Aleutian chain of islands in Alaska. Alone for 101 days and at the mercy of one of the windiest, roughest places on earth, the duo are swept away from land by unknown currents, pounded by rough seas and approached by bears. On this epic journey, they gain a rare insight into themselves, the rich wildlife and this harsh yet beautiful landscape.
Filmmaker: Elli Thor Magnusson
The Icelandic landscape is breath-taking but also harsh and unforgiving for the tiny surfing community that inhabits the island. Follow Heiðar Logi Elíasson, Iceland’s first and only professional surfer, on his journey through Iceland’s magnificent terrain, depicting the turbulent relationship between an Icelandic surfer and the North Atlantic wind.
Filmmaker: Emil Sergel
Oceanminded follows champion freediver Hanli Prinsloo along the coast of South Africa and Mozambique. Her underwater journey takes her into the realm of Blacktip Reef Sharks, Blue
Sharks, Dolphins and Mako Sharks. You will be in awe as these often feared creatures are portrayed in a very different light, one of beauty and respect. It's an adventure full of risks
and passions - in one breath!
STAY WITH US
The search for extra-terrestrial life has always fascinated humans, as we look to the darkness above and imagine what sort of alien beings share our universe. Stay With Us suggests that maybe we’ve been looking in the wrong place – and introduces creatures far stranger than those we can dream up for sci-fi films…
Filmmaker: Tim Kemple, Camp4Collective
Sun, sea and sand typically come to mind when you think about surfing, but this is not your typical surf film. Landlocked ocean-lover Dan Schetter lives on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan where, in winter, strong winds across the water create deadly currents, icebergs and… waves. Known for being the crazy guy with an icy beard who catches waves in January, this is Dan’s story.
TOUCHED BY THE OCEAN
Filmmaker: Laura Rožkalne-Ozola & Sandijs Semjonovs
30 minutes (subtitled)
Latvian friends Karlis and Gints have no rowing experience, a second-hand rowing boat and a grand plan: to become the first team ever to row across the South Atlantic Ocean, from Namibia to Brazil. Touched by the Ocean joins them on a raucous 6,000km journey of adventure, dedication and friendship.
2020 OCEAN TOUR FILMS
A collection of the most recent 2020 Ocean Film Festival films. The film programme will be available 'On Demand' soon
Filmmaker: Aspect Media
Lifelong friends Tom Rainey and Lawrence Walters set out from Manhatten, New York, to row 4,000 miles across the North Atlantic to Salcombe in Devon. Battling 80ft waves, brutal sleep deprivation, jellyfish, sharks and some unpleasant fungus, the young Brits spend a gruelling 93 days at sea, breaking two world records and raising over £130,000 for the Brain Tumour Charity in memory of Tom’s dad.
CAMEL FINDS WATER
Filmmaker: Ian Durkin
Sometimes the biggest dreams have the humblest origins. When surfer Trevor Gordon discovers the remains of a tiny dilapidated boat in a landlocked field, he dreams of restoring her to her original glory and sailing her to find remote waves in British Columbia. But after 1,000 hours of work, will Camel be up to the challenge?
Filmmaker: Trygve Heide
While recovering from a horrific BASE-jumping accident, Lisa Beasley rediscovers her childhood love of diving and the ocean, using Cape Town’s tidal pools to heal both mentally and physically. But when these unique spaces become under threat, Lisa embarks on a journey to protect the marine life that is flourishing there.
A CORNER OF THE EARTH
Filmmaker: Spencer Frost, Frost Films
Struggling with the harsh realities of competitive surfing, pro surfer Fraser Dovell goes in search of wild waves in the breathtakingly beautiful and treacherously remote Arctic. With extreme elements, the magnificent northern lights and plenty of close calls, this is a stunning cinematic celebration of a brutal northern winter, and Fraser reaches a new appreciation of what it means to be a surfer.
Filmmaker: Max Lowe
Polar Bears International (PBI) is a team of scientists dedicated to protecting polar bears and their habitat. In Bare Existence, a documentary film crew spends seven days with the PBI team as they research and live alongside these magnificent yet endangered creatures, known as the Kings of the Arctic, in the remote Canadian province of Manitoba.
SWIMMING WITH GENTLE GIANTS
Filmmaker: Stefan Andrews
Over the past two decades, wildlife photographer Scott Portelli has devoted himself to documenting and capturing the behaviour of humpback whales in the South Pacific. From competitive ‘heat runs’ where up to 20 males chase a female to mate, to curious calves experiencing their world for the first time, this film exposes both heart racing moments and the affectionate nature of these wild and wonderful creatures.
Filmmaker: Arthur Neumeier
Not all surfers have access to the sea. In landlocked Johannesburg, Thabo Mouti and Mokete Mokete swoop the streets to collect plastic and paper for recycling. Big wave surfer and ocean activist Frank Solomon joins them to find about more about their gruelling and dangerous work, in a tale of new friendships, shared experiences and common interests between people who are worlds apart.