The Blue Water Film Festival celebrates World Oceans Day, June 8th, in La Jolla. San Diego and will screen selected films at the LOT in La Jolla and stream virtually on the FILMOCRACY platform. The festival will run from June 4th - 8th, 2021.

The theme of the Blue Water Film Festival is about our “Big Blue Planet"; the festival's purpose is to encourage attendees to think broadly about how climate change affects planet Earth and deeply about the universal concerns and actions needed to bring us into balance. Roughly 50% of all film selections are non-US productions, helping to fulfill the festival mission of promoting cross-cultural understanding through film.
The Blue Water Int'l Film Festival is an opportunity to celebrate the United Nations World Oceans Day and to bring attention to our beautiful blue planet. Come and join us on June 8th for World Oceans Day.

THE FILMS: The 2021 Blue Water Film Festival will present a selection of films from around the globe by both US and International filmmakers. Films will be curated from leading environmental film festivals around the globe, with a few surprises thrown in.

CONVERSATIONS: Social Impact is just the beginning. Making our festival unique we’ll bring guests from film, media, politics, and art worlds to celebrate, discuss and debate the films’ issues surrounding our blue planet and what’s at stake.

WALKING FESTIVAL DISTRICT: Meet the filmmakers, attend special events, cocktail parties, artist showcases, and live music at the festival. Check out the great local shops and restaurants. Enjoy La Jolla amazing beaches and relaxed charm.

SAN DIEGO EXPERIENCE: Although most of the festival will take place in downtown in La Jolla, there will be plenty of opportunities to explore San Diego coastlines and natural beauty. La Jolla is the perfect location for our single-day festival, with its amazing beaches, sunsets, spectacular chefs, unique shops, and a highly influential community.

International Jury Competition – 25 films will be selected from worldwide entries and screened at 2021 Blue Water Film Festival film showcase. Jury members will select winning film for jury prize (TBA) and presentation at Finalist Showcase program on Tuesday, June 8th.

International Jury Competition – 27 films will be selected from festival's worldwide entries and screened in the 2021 Blue Water Film Festival short film showcase. Jury members will select the winning film for a free prize (TBA ) and presentation at the Feature Film Finalist showcase program on Tuesday, June 8th.
We accept either fiction or non-fiction animated, feature, or documentary films. Our festival's programming is a social impact festival exploring sustainability, climate change, with a particular focus on the ocean and water -- so please keep that in mind before submitting.

Eligible if your feature film was completed after September 15, 2020 English language, or with English subtitles 40 minutes or more in length (firm) for feature length. Short films 10 minutes or less (firm).
Your film must not be in breach of any copyright, including music or sound contained in your entry. An announcement of selected 25 films for competition showcase will be made on May 1, 2021.

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