Please enable JavaScript to use this site.
Details

About the Blue Water Film Festival

Founded by Greg Reitman, Blue Water Film Festival mission is to encourage attendees to think broadly about how climate change affects planet Earth and think deeply about the universal concerns and actions needed to bring us into balance. 50% of all film selections are non-US productions, helping to fulfill the festival mission of promoting cross-cultural understanding through film. The festival profiles a variety of events including film premieres and screenings, educational panels, high-level networking, social gatherings, and culminates with the Blue Water Awards Show.

 

About the Blue Water Institute

The year round Blue Water Institute's purpose is to innovate for water and ocean based solutions and to develop the next set of enevironemntal filmmakers for industry change.

Blue Water Film Institute is a non-proft organization committed to the preservation of the planet and the need to nurture the next generation of environmental filmmakers. The Institute is driven by its environmental programs that discover, innovate and suppprt the next generation of environmental filmmakers from all over the world.

Film Schedule
Thu, Mar 21, 2024
05:30 PM
CODE ROSE
In the open sea, a flamingo lands on an aircraft carrier. To keep the runway clear and get the planes to take off, the military have to get rid of it. But the flamingo and its congeners return relentlessly to put pink on the grey war machine.
05:30 PM
PLSTC
Welcome to the world of PLSTC, an undersea dystopia that submerges you in the disturbing reality of plastic pollution in our oceans. Through a series of graphically confronting AI-generated and hand-composited images of ocean creatures...
05:30 PM
R E S I L I E N C E
Today, all eyes are on deep seas. What are their secrets? What ressources do they contain? At the center of the debate on their exploitation: the resilience of these vulnerable and little-known ecosystems...
05:30 PM
SLAVES TO WATER
In the south of Madagascar, the village of Belemboké has no running water, no taps and no school. To access liveable amounts of water, 3 kids have to travel excruciating distances and make their way underground to the bowels of the Earth... everyday.
05:30 PM
WHALE NATION
A humpback whale is beached on a remote shore. During the fight to save its life, scientists discover the story of these extraordinary creatures, with unknown territories and a barely known society.
06:00 PM
A DISAPPEARING FOREST (On Demand)
Grant Downie, a generational sea urchin diver, has spent his life working in the kelp forests of California. In recent years, he has struggled to keep his long-standing career in urchin diving alive as the disappearing kelp forests have forced him...
06:00 PM
AGRICULTURE IS OVER! (On Demand)
A farm closes its doors and as the last animals leave, the weight of the past reappears.
06:00 PM
AXINOS (On Demand)
A little girl tries to protect her sand turtles from the danger that the summer has!
06:00 PM
BELLE RIVER (On Demand)
2019. Spring flooding in Mississippi hits record highs. In Louisiana, the residents of Pierre-Part are preparing for the worst. Barring an unexpected turn of events, local authorities will soon be forced to open the floodgates of the Morganza...
06:00 PM
CANARY (On Demand)
Witness the extraordinary life of Dr. Lonnie Thompson, an explorer who went where no scientist had gone before and transformed our idea of what is possible. Daring to seek Earth's history contained in glaciers atop the tallest mountains in the...
06:00 PM
CIRCLES (On Demand)
On the Yamal Peninsula in the far north of Siberia, a family of the Nenets people lives from reindeer herding. But their traditional nomadic lifestyle is threatened by the thawing of the permafrost and the extraction of fossil fuels...
06:00 PM
CODE ROSE (On Demand)
In the open sea, a flamingo lands on an aircraft carrier. To keep the runway clear and get the planes to take off, the military have to get rid of it. But the flamingo and its congeners return relentlessly to put pink on the grey war machine.
06:00 PM
CONNECTION (On Demand)
What impact does one human being have on the future of Earth?
06:00 PM
CREATURES OF THE KALEIDOSCOPE (On Demand)
Exploring one of nature's most magical creatures, the cuttlefish. Discover how they use their colour changing and shape shifting abilities to survive and thrive in the open ocean.
06:00 PM
DISAPPEARING JEWELS (On Demand)
Remembering the filmmaker's grandfather who was a blind man and walking weather forecast, Will Kim interviews ocean experts and brings his perspective on the impact of climate change and ocean warming.
06:00 PM
DOWN TO THE LAST DROP (On Demand)
The last wild rivers of the Alps are in danger, and in Tyrol in particular, hydroelectric power is on the verge of total expansion. Filmmaker Harry Putz explores the unspoiled high alpine Platzertal valley, which is to be dammed into a reservoir...
06:00 PM
D O W N W I N D (On Demand)
Hiroshima. Nagasaki. Mercury, Nevada? The latter was the site for the testing of 928 large-scale nuclear weapons from 1951 to 1992. Martin Sheen narrates this harrowing exposé of the United States' disregard for everyone living… downwind.
06:00 PM
DROWNING FISH (On Demand)
Drowning Fish is a short documentary about one of the last few fishermen in Lake Qarun in Fayoum, Egypt. Samir, a 67-year-old fisherman, lives in Shakshouk village where the entire community depends on fishing as a key source of income...
06:00 PM
EYES ON THE SEAFLOOR (On Demand)
You can't protect what you can't see. 'Eyes on the Seafloor' will take you on a journey below the surface of the ocean with Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE) to explore and document never before seen areas...
06:00 PM
FOREIGNER (On Demand)
An alien looking for life on other planets arrive on earth now made of wastelands. He descends into a large cave in the underworld. He discovers prehistoric animals brought back to life thanks to genetic experiments of a now extinct human...
06:00 PM
GREAT OCEAN LOVE (On Demand)
Great Ocean Love is part documentary, part road-trippin’ surf flick that follows Belinda Baggs, Linley Hurrell, and Lilly Pollard on a journey of discovery along the Great Ocean Road...
06:00 PM
INBETWEENING BEINGS (On Demand)
Inbetweening Beings connects animation and ecology. With projected installation, outdoor stop-motion, and found materials, humans are invited and implicated into nature.
06:00 PM
INSIDE GREENPEACE (On Demand)
The five-part documentary series " Inside Greenpeace" accompanies the activists for a year on their mission to save our planet, following them on a global journey to gain exclusive insights. The film team not only accompanies the crew of the...
06:00 PM
JOY (On Demand)
In the extreme South-West of Uganda is the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. A wild ecosystem drawn by the orography of three sleeping giants, the Muhavura, Gahinga and Sabinyo volcanoes, which mark the border between Uganda, Rwanda and...
06:00 PM
NÁTTÚRUBÖND (On Demand)
Náttúrubönd is a poetic inquiry in our changing relationship with nature, explored through the bond of four people with the Icelandic landscape.
06:00 PM
OLDER THAN TREES (On Demand)
James Lea grew up dreaming of sharks; enigmatic monsters of the deep. In his first few years as a field biologist he fell in love with silky sharks in the Red Sea, where he got to interact with them and learn their individual personalities...
06:00 PM
PLSTC (On Demand)
Welcome to the world of PLSTC, an undersea dystopia that submerges you in the disturbing reality of plastic pollution in our oceans. Through a series of graphically confronting AI-generated and hand-composited images of ocean creatures...
06:00 PM
PROTECTING THE RIVER KRUPA (On Demand)
With Western Europe’s waterways clogged by thousands of dams, Balkan countries are rallying to protect the continent’s last free-flowing rivers—before it’s too late. In Croatia's popular tourist region of Dalmatia, The Nature Conservancy and ...
06:00 PM
RELENTLESS (On Demand)
A Deadly Invader Destroying People’s Lives... Tenacious Scientists Determined To Defeat It.
06:00 PM
R E S I L I E N C E (On Demand)
Today, all eyes are on deep seas. What are their secrets? What ressources do they contain? At the center of the debate on their exploitation: the resilience of these vulnerable and little-known ecosystems...
06:00 PM
SEASICK (On Demand)
Saving a unique harbour in New Zealand from environmental collapse using ancient indigenous knowledge.
06:00 PM
SEND KELP! (On Demand)
A bootstrapping seaweed nerd takes on climate change and global food insecurity armed with nothing but determination when she sets-up her own kelp farm.
06:00 PM
SINGLE-USE PLANET (On Demand)
A search for the true headwaters of plastic entering the ocean finds more than it bargained for.
06:00 PM
SLAVES TO WATER (On Demand)
In the south of Madagascar, the village of Belemboké has no running water, no taps and no school. To access liveable amounts of water, 3 kids have to travel excruciating distances and make their way underground to the bowels of the Earth... everyday.
06:00 PM
SWIM TUFF (On Demand)
Ben Tuff found recovery from alcohol and mental illness in 2012. He is a record-holding ultramarathon swimmer who has created the movie “Swim Tuff” with Producer, Matt Corliss. Over ten years ago, Ben gave up the bottle and taught himself to swim...
06:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH THE WHALE: A DANCE OF GRIEF (On Demand)
In the aftermath of her newborn baby's sudden death, orca mother Tahlequah carries her daughter's body across the Salish Sea in the incredible true story that captivated the world.
06:00 PM
THE HERRING PEOPLE (On Demand)
A group of volunteers struggle to mimic nature in two compromised estuaries to help save endangered pacific herring populations near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia only to discover much greater forces are destroying herring populations...
06:00 PM
TREASURE OF THE CARIBBEAN (On Demand)
In 2013, a Guatemalan fisherman made a stunning discovery: a massive, uncharted coral reef, seemingly untouched by the bleaching that has decimated other reefs across the Caribbean. To protect what may be a rare “super reef,” scientists...
06:00 PM
WHALES OF THE HIGH DESERT (On Demand)
Whales of the High Desert explores the story of James Wickham; an Englishman who was reported to have brought whales to Great Salt Lake in the 1870's...
06:00 PM
WILD HOPE: THE BIG OYSTER (On Demand)
New York Harbor was once a haven of incredible underwater biodiversity—until centuries of pollution turned it into a cesspool. Today, an alliance of architects, restaurateurs, scientists, and high school students is working to restore the harbor...
Fri, Mar 22, 2024
11:00 AM
WHALES OF THE HIGH DESERT
Whales of the High Desert explores the story of James Wickham; an Englishman who was reported to have brought whales to Great Salt Lake in the 1870's...
11:40 AM
HERRING PEOPLE
A group of volunteers struggle to mimic nature in two compromised estuaries to help save endangered pacific herring near Squamish and Vancouver British Columbia only to discover much greater forces are destroying herring populations.
12:00 PM
CANARY
Witness the extraordinary life of Dr. Lonnie Thompson, an explorer who went where no scientist had gone before and transformed our idea of what is possible. Daring to seek Earth's history contained in glaciers atop the tallest mountains in the...
01:45 PM
SINGLE-USE PLANET
A search for the true headwaters of plastic entering the ocean finds more than it bargained for.


02:00 PM
RELENTLESS
A Deadly Invader Destroying People’s Lives... Tenacious Scientists Determined To Defeat It.
03:00 PM
FOR EVERYTHING THERE WAS A SEASON (On Demand)
A changing climate alters the fragile balance of survival for both wildlife and people in the Greater Yellowstone region. Visualized as the story of each of the four seasons, we’ll show you how a changing world is impacting nature and humans...
04:00 PM
PLASTICSPHERE
The documentary follows a group of Latin American environmentalists and scientists on their risky expedition through the second largest reef in the world. Its objective is to investigate and document the alarming plastic and microplastic pollution...
04:00 PM
A DISAPPEARING FOREST
Grant Downie, a generational sea urchin diver, has spent his life working in the kelp forests of California. In recent years, he has struggled to keep his long-standing career in urchin diving alive as the disappearing kelp forests have forced him...
04:15 PM
The Future of Our Ocean
Moderated by Serge Dedina, Ph.D.
04:30 PM
INSIDE GREENPEACE
The five-part documentary series " Inside Greenpeace" accompanies the activists for a year on their mission to save our planet, following them on a global journey to gain exclusive insights. The film team not only accompanies the crew of the...
06:00 PM
ORCA - BLACK & WHITE GOLD
When a truth-seeking investigative journalist uncovers the illicit Russian orca trade to a billion dollar market in China, fearless activists issue a call to action. The international outcry forces the Kremlin to free over 100 wild-caught orcas...
Sat, Mar 23, 2024
11:00 AM
MUNKIANA: A FIELD JOURNAL
In recent years, the waters of Baja California Sur have witnessed an unprecedented phenomenon. Tens of thousands of Munk's devil rays (Mobula munkiana) have arrived to form aggregations several kilometers wide. Encounters over 12 months of field...
11:30 AM
CONNECTION
What impact does one human being have on the future of Earth?
12:00 PM
SPIRIT OF DISCOVERY
Walter Munk, referred to as the “Einstein of the Oceans” by the New York Times, has advocated daring exploration, without fear of failure, throughout his 80 year career. His work on wave predictions in World War II led to the first successful...
12:00 PM
SEASICK
Saving a unique harbour in New Zealand from environmental collapse using ancient indigenous knowledge.
02:00 PM
D O W N W I N D
Hiroshima. Nagasaki. Mercury, Nevada? The latter was the site for the testing of 928 large-scale nuclear weapons from 1951 to 1992. Martin Sheen narrates this harrowing exposé of the United States' disregard for everyone living… downwind.
02:30 PM
AXINOS
A little girl tries to protect her sand turtles from the danger that the summer has!
03:00 PM
FOREIGNER
An alien looking for life on other planets arrive on earth now made of wastelands. He descends into a large cave in the underworld. He discovers prehistoric animals brought back to life thanks to genetic experiments of a now extinct human...
04:00 PM
IN THE WHALE
IN THE WHALE is an award-winning feature-length film about arguably the greatest fish story ever told, though this one is true. It's the account of a man who survived to tell the tale of being swallowed by a whale, and what happened after being...
04:00 PM
NÁTTÚRUBÖND
Náttúrubönd is a poetic inquiry in our changing relationship with nature, explored through the bond of four people with the Icelandic landscape.
04:00 PM
THE FUTURE OF EXPLORATION BOOK TALK by TERRI GARCIA & CHRIS RAINER
Terri Garcia and Chris Rainier present their book "The Future of Exploration". Ticket includes a copy of the book and one glass of wine at the reception.
06:30 PM
PLASTICSPHERE
The documentary follows a group of Latin American environmentalists and scientists on their risky expedition through the second largest reef in the world. Its objective is to investigate and document the alarming plastic and microplastic pollution...
Sun, Mar 24, 2024
12:00 PM
ORCA - BLACK & WHITE GOLD
When a truth-seeking investigative journalist uncovers the illicit Russian orca trade to a billion dollar market in China, fearless activists issue a call to action. The international outcry forces the Kremlin to free over 100 wild-caught orcas...
02:00 PM
DISAPPEARING JEWELS
Remembering the filmmaker's grandfather who was a blind man and walking weather forecast, Will Kim interviews ocean experts and brings his perspective on the impact of climate change and ocean warming.
02:45 PM
SWIM TUFF
Ben Tuff found recovery from alcohol and mental illness in 2012. He is a record-holding ultramarathon swimmer who has created the movie “Swim Tuff” with Producer, Matt Corliss. Over ten years ago, Ben gave up the bottle and taught himself to swim...
03:45 PM
TREASURE OF THE CARIBBEAN
In 2013, a Guatemalan fisherman made a stunning discovery: a massive, uncharted coral reef, seemingly untouched by the bleaching that has decimated other reefs across the Caribbean. To protect what may be a rare “super reef,” scientists...
04:00 PM
BLUE WATER AWARDS
The Blue Water Awards honors films, individuals and pioneers for environmental justice work and global issues.
General Terms

All items are non-refundable, all sales are final.

Refund Policy

All items are non-refundable under any circumstances.