Festival celebrates beauty and power of ocean

The event showcases more than two hours of footage
The event showcases more than two hours of footage

The Ocean Film Festival world tour takes in Brighton Corn Exchange on September 14.

Tour coordinator Hilary O’Connor said: “Audiences will be able to immerse themselves in the wonders of the ocean without getting their feet wet as the Ocean Film Festival World Tour returns to theatres after a highly-successful first tour in 2014.

“The festival, which originates in Australia, will feature a brand-new selection of the world’s most captivating ocean-themed short films and will be shown in 24 towns and cities across the UK.

“Designed to mesmerise and enthral, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour 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, 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.

“Heart-stopping shots of big wave surfing and adrenalin-inducing scenes of divers swimming with white sharks will leave audiences on the edges of their seats. The films also encourage viewers to dive head first into ocean culture as the festival is filled with touching interviews and insightful narrations from the characters whose lives are inspired by the ocean.”

“Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home. 2015 highlights include Devocean. South African-born Bruno spent the majority of his life in or on the water.

“However in 1998 a tragic event left him a paraplegic. In an instant he plunged from carefree surf guide, sailor, scuba diver and traveller to the depths of despair.

“A chance wave and the restorative powers of the ocean showed Bruno a new path in life, one that would be rich, full, diverse and salty.

“Devocean is an inspirational story of life’s lessons as taught by the sea.”

Another highlight will be Oceanminded.

“The film follows champion freediver Hanli Prinsloo along the coast of South Africa and Mozambique. Her underwater journey takes her into the realm of the ocean’s most feared predator – the shark.”

Visit www.oceanfilmfestival.co.uk to find out more.

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