The Stage is Set For the 2012 “Beneath the Waves Film Festival”

The Beneath the Waves Film Festival is a unique, inspiring, and educational event in which scientists, professional filmmakers, students, and advocates can come together to share their passion for the oceans through film. Now in its third year, the goal of the student-run Festival is to and stimulates science communication while promoting sustainable usage of natural marine resources.

The Festival will take place from March 21-24, 2012 in Norfolk, Virginia – in conjunction with the 41st Benthic Ecology Meeting, hosted by Old Dominion University. In Summer and Fall 2012, the Festival will go on tour for a series of mini-festivals throughout the country, a new development that will facilitate screenings for more submissions.

The organizers of the Festival are currently seeking original films less than 10 minutes in length that highlight ocean/marine/aquatic themes or issues. The festival, while driven by science and research, caters to all levels of experience and backgrounds. Films with a conservation message or that feature scientific research are preferred, but not required.

By giving people a chance to get their stuff out there, it creates a network for their own research/film making efforts, while also inspiring others to do the same,” says founder and ACESP doctoral student Austin Gallagher.

The deadline for submissions is February 24, 2012. There is no cost for submitting an entry to the Film Festival. For more information on submitting a film, please visit their website.

Austin Gallagher

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