The BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit is coming to Monterey September 24-30th. Featuring international films, conservation talks by the best minds in ocean exploration, scientists, manned submersibles, a film industry conference, free community events, parties and more, there is something for every age and every price range.
As the main component of the festival, BLUE will feature screenings of over 100 films throughout four theatres in Monterey: The Museum of Monterey, the Golden State Theatre, the Del Monte Theater and the Cinemark XD Cannery Row. These films represent 20 countries, 6 continents and were selected from the over 365 films submitted. Tickets to individual film blocks are available at the door or online at http://blueoceanfilmfest.inticketing.com/events and cost $15 for adults and $8 for children. Family passes are also available for $40. Family passes enable two children and two adults to see an unlimited number of films on any one day Wednesday through Sunday.
The Conservation Summit side of the event involves world renowned speakers such as Dr. Sylvia Earle, the Cousteau’s, HSH Prince Albert of Monaco, Don Walsh and Bob Ballard. Lectures are scheduled throughout the week and can be attended with the purchase of certain passes or for $25 each online.
Also attending this year’s BLUE will be four manned submersibles and numerous photos from well-known underwater photographers, which will be on display throughout the festival.
Opening Night and the 2012 BLUE Wrap party, featuring a fashion show entitled 50 Shades of BLUE, will cap BLUE festivities and offer the community additional ways to take part in BLUE through the purchase of individual event tickets.
BLUE is a one-of-a-kind film industry and community event bringing together films, filmmakers and leaders in ocean research and conservation. BLUE’s mission is to leverage the power of film to help protect the ocean and the life within. Started in 2009 in Georgia, BLUE moved to Monterey in 2010 and has returned this year for its bi-annual event.
A full schedule of events can be viewed at http://www.blueoceanfilmfestival.org/schedule.htm . Passes for the event can be purchased at https://www.blueoceanfilmfestival.org/tickets/ and tickets for individual films, panels and events can be purchased at http://blueoceanfilmfest.inticketing.com/events .