On Monday, October 14th, BLUE Ocean Film Festival, an international film festival, conservation summit and film/media industry conference celebrated with community leaders as it made its move to Tampa Bay official. The festival is bringing its multi-faceted event to the Bay Area next year (Nov. 3-9, 2014), planting its headquarters in downtown St. Petersburg and presenting festival activities throughout Tampa Bay.
Documentary filmmaker, ocean explorer and BLUE board member, Fabien Cousteau along with Debbie Kinder, CEO and executive director of BLUE will welcome Tampa Bay as home to the film festival, which has been reconized as the premier forum for ocean flimmakers and scientists.
Peter Betzer, President & CEO of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership, worked tirelessly in collaboration with USF St. Petersburg Vice Chancellor Helen Levine to bring the festival to St. Petersburg. "The support of the entire Tampa Bay community has been outstanding,” said Betzer. The Duckwall Foundation, the City of St. Petersburg and the Convention and Visitors Bureau of St. Pete-Clearwater, among many others, have joined the Partnership in offering their tremendous support.
BLUE Ocean Film Festival attracts more than 20,000 attendees during the eight-day festival and recognizes leaders and legends in ocean conservation and film including past honorees: James Cameron, Captain Don Walsh, Sylvia Earle, Jean-Michel Cousteau and others. At the heart of BLUE Ocean Film Festival is an international film competition that screens more than 100 ocean films in more than 20 different award categories. A conservation summit and film/media industry conference held during the festival draws leaders and luminaries from the marine conservation, film and art disciplines. Film screenings and conservation events are open to the public, along with memorable social events that provide an intimate environment for networking with filmmakers and scientists. The festival has rapidly grown to now alternate between oceanfront cities in the United States and international venues each year. Monaco has been named the location for Blue Ocean Film Festival in 2015 and 2017 www.blueoceanfilmfestival.com