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Blue Water Film Festival

Founded in 2020, the Blue Water Film Festival (BWFF) celebrates UN – World Oceans Day, every June 8th and promotes San Diego, California as a hub for marine science, naval exploration and an epicenter for environmental story-telling. BWFF’s year round screening, panels, and events help to cultivate a burgeoning family based, environmental and military community in San Diego and around the world.  BWFF was founded by Greg Reitman to bridge the world of environmental activism and storytelling. It profiles a variety of events including film premieres and screenings, educational panels, high-level networking, social gatherings, and culminates with the Blue Water Awards Show. 

Mission

The mission of the Blue Water Film Festival is to encourage attendees to think broadly about how climate change affects planet Earth and think deeply about the universal concerns and actions needed to bring us into balance. 50% of all film selections are non-US productions, helping to fulfill the festival mission of promoting cross-cultural understanding through film.

BWFF showcases independent film—long, short, narrative and documentary—and animated film and introduces a unique and diverse content focused on environmental storytelling to our audiences. The festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives to enlighten audiences, educate, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers, and present inspired entertainment for the sole purpose of the environment.

Save the dates for the 4th Annual Blue Water Film Festival: June 8-11, 2023.

BWFF awards in-kind prizes to filmmakers in goods worth over $50,000 since its inception with the special laptop prize provided by Dell Technology, and NVIDIA Technology plus editing, lens, soundgear, scuba gear by FILMIC Pro,  Lectrosonics, Luma Touch, & Scuba Pro.

BWFF also presents numerous other awards, including the Eco Hero Award, the Global Citizen Award as well as Best Vision and Best Produced, and more!

Location

Set in San Diego and surrounding areas, BWFF’s Annual festival coincides with World Oceans Day and connects an audience of environmental activists, active & retired military, marine science educators, prospective financiers, distributors and eco lovers with rising focus on the next generation of environmental stars in the film industry. San Diego, rated one of the top 20 cities in the USA, attracts an affluent community of ocean lovers, located adjacent to the Pacific Ocean with easy access to airports, train & trolley stations.

Attendance

BWFF attracts an in-person audience of approximately 5,000 filmmakers, journalists, financial executives, movie lovers, celebrities and North County residents, along with an international virtual streaming audience of film enthusiasts from around the world.

Past Festival Highlights
  • 1. Show Dr.Sylvia Earle video
  • 2. 2020 BWFF trailer
  • 3. Show Valerie Taylor Video
  • 4. 2021 BWFF Trailer
  • 5. Show Dr Jane Goodall Video
  • 6. 2022 BWFF Trailer

Blue Water Film Festival

Founded in 2020, the Blue Water Film Festival (BWFF) celebrates UN – World Water Day, every March 22nd and promotes San Diego, California as a hub for marine science, naval exploration and an epicenter for environmental storytelling. BWFF’s year round screening, panels, and events help to cultivate a burgeoning family-based, environmental and military community in San Diego and around the world.  BWFF was founded by Greg Reitman to bridge the world of environmental activism and storytelling. It profiles a variety of events including film premieres and screenings, educational panels, high-level networking, social gatherings, and culminates with the Blue Water Awards Show.

Mission

The mission of the Blue Water Film Festival is to encourage attendees to think broadly about how climate change affects planet Earth and think deeply about the universal concerns and actions needed to bring us into balance. 50% of all film selections are non-US productions, helping to fulfill the festival mission of promoting cross-cultural understanding through film.

BWFF showcases independent film—long, short, narrative and documentary—and animated film and introduces a unique and diverse content focused on environmental storytelling to our audiences. The festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives to enlighten audiences, educate, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers, and present inspired entertainment for the sole purpose of the environment.

Save the dates for the 5th Annual Blue Water Film Festival: March 21-24, 2024.

BWFF awards in-kind prizes to filmmakers in goods worth over $50,000 since its inception with the special laptop prize provided by Dell Technology plus editing, lens, sound gear by FILMIC Pro,  Lectrosonics, Luma Touch, and others.

BWFF also presents numerous other awards, including the Eco Hero Award, the Global Citizen Award as well as Best Vision and Best Produced and more!

Location

Set in La Jolla and surrounding areas, BWFF’s annual festival coincides with World Water Day and connects an audience of environmental activists, active & retired military, marine science educators, prospective financiers, distributors and eco lovers with rising focus on the next generation of environmental stars in the film industry. San Diego, rated one of the top 20 cities in the USA, attracts an affluent community of ocean lovers, located adjacent to the Pacific Ocean with easy access to airports, train & trolley stations.

Attendance

BWFF attracts an in-person audience of approximately 5,000 filmmakers, journalists, financial executives, movie lovers, celebrities and San Diego residents, along with an international virtual streaming audience of film enthusiasts from around the world.

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