Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films launches 3rd year


Festival inspires with great films about our oceans

May 25, 2012

VANCOUVER - On June 8th and 9th, the Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films will open its doors at the Vancity Theatre to highlight 10 amazing films focused on the beauty of our oceans, and some of the threats to its health.  During 3 screenings, filmgoers will have the chance to see films from Canada, Ireland, Spain, and the United States.

"Whether viewed through a recreation or conservation lens, it's time to profile the natural capital that is our oceans," said David Labistour , CEO, Mountain Equipment Co-op. "To that end, we are proud to support the 3rd annual Festival of Ocean Films-support that we hope will establish the event as a much-anticipated fixture in the Lower Mainland. From the adrenaline experience of searching for the ultimate wave to the tranquility of viewing bears in the wild from calm waters, these films provide a glimpse into the wonders of our oceans."

In addition to raising interest and awareness of the ocean as a place for positive recreation, sustainable and responsible commerce, and a wilderness to be respected, the Festival is also raising funds for the conservation of our local oceans, with partial proceeds supporting regional charity Georgia Strait Alliance.

"We appreciate the opportunity to partner with The Festival as their efforts to raise awareness about the importance of the ocean to our lives are very much in line with our work in the Georgia Strait region," says Christianne Wilhelmson, Executive Director, Georgia Strait Alliance. "We hope people will be inspired by these films to become more engaged in protecting our waters because we need everyone to be a ‘Steward of the Strait'".

One Ocean Expeditions, a locally owned and operated Polar expedition cruise company and a presenting sponsor of the festival, is also generously donating a trip for two (cruise only) to transit Canada's iconic and historic Northwest Passage. This voyage aboard the M/V Akademik Ioffe will commence in Greenland and end in Kugluktuk, Nunavut.  Everyone who buys a ticket to a festival screening will be eligible for a free draw to win. 

"This film festival is unique and aligns with our founding principles, and efforts in marine education and conservation, so we are very proud to be a sponsor," says Aaron Lawton, Operations Director at One Ocean Expeditions. "Operating an expedition cruise ship in the Antarctic and High Arctic allows us to experience the many changes happening in that region firsthand and makes us even more appreciative of the ocean recreation opportunities around us and the conservation efforts being made locally and showcased in this festival."

Formed in 2009, The Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films (www.vfof.ca) aims to inspire and stimulate people to explore their relationship with the ocean by bringing together local and international filmmakers and presenters in a multimedia event and film competition.

Formed in 1990, Georgia Strait Alliance (www.georgiastrait.org) is the only citizens' group working to protect and restore the marine environment and promote the sustainability of Georgia Strait, its adjoining waters and communities, the place where 70% of British Columbians live, work and play.
Program available online. To purchase tickets, please visit www.vfof.ca.


For more information, please contact
Peter Alfred, Founder, Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films

Christianne Wilhelmson, Executive Director, Georgia Strait Alliance
604-633-0530 (o)
604-862-7579 (c)