BLUE is an enlightening and entertaining 7-Day summit showcasing the world’s finest ocean films and award winning marine photography along with a filmmakers marketplace, science and conservation seminars, international policy discussions and a robust ocean media industry conference.
This year, for the first time BLUE was hosted in the Tampa Bay Area from November 3- 9. The festival kicked off with Grand Community cleanup all over Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties and an evening showing in the Park of the “The Island President”. Later in the week, former president of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed was honored with the Mission Blue Rolex award from Dr. Sylvia Earle for his distinguished work advocating for carbon abatement in the face of sea level.
The highlight for many were the evening film viewings and Q & Panels which included “James Cameron’s DeepSea Challenge 3D”, Fabien Cousteau’s “MISSION 31”, Jon Bowermater’s “Antarctica 3D: On The Edge”, “MISSION BLUE” Presentation of the Sylvia Earle Award, and the special screening of Jeremy Irons’ “Trashed”.
There was local student competition category as well. Youth film makers Madison Lucier with Shark Angels and Preston Buchanan with Canterbury SCUBA Crew placed in the top three with their film entries.
Looking forward, next year BLUE will be hosted in Monaco from Nov 7- 9 and will return to the city of Saint Petersburg in November of 2016. Florida residents, educators, conservationists, filmmakers and the like look forward to the growth of this awesome event.