The call of the sea

THE autumn edition of the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is a virtual event, with a series of dramatic, beautiful, lyrical and exciting new short films being shown online on 17th to 19th November.

The films, as always, are stories of seafaring adventure, carefree characters and fascinating marine life, often with a particular conservation, ecological or charitable objective.

Ocean Film Festival tour director Nell Teasdale says: “From rowing 4,000 miles across the Atlantic to surfing the spectacular cold-water waves of British Columbia, this inspirational collection of films is guaranteed to whet your appetite for an ocean adventure!”

Films start at 7.30pm, with audience members invited to explore the virtual foyer of the festival’s Backyard Theatre from 6.30pm, where they can download the tour magazine, enter the prize draw, take the Ocean Film Festival quiz and more. The show will be available for 48 hours afterwards as well.

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour originated in Australia, with the aim of inspiring people to explore, respect, enjoy and protect the world’s oceans. Working to promote the Marine Conservation Society, it has toured the UK and Ireland for the past six years, and this is the first virtual event. To find out more, watch the trailer and book tickets, visit www.oceanfilmfestival.co.uk.

Highlights of the autumn 2020 programme (pictured) include:

Ocean Valour – 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.

Bare Existence – 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.

Camel Finds Water – 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 it to its original glory and sailing it to find remote waves in British Columbia. But after 1,000 hours of work, will Camel be up to the challenge?