We are excited to announce the return of the DEEPWAVE Filmfestival for the Protection of the Ocean! This all-evening event is for students, scientists, stakeholders of marine conservation, and the general public who are interested in getting an in-depth look into the ocean and its issues.

The festival focuses on creating a highly curated and connected experience, showcasing quality short films, inviting experts, and providing engaging experiences. An example of this is the endless darkness and extremely low temperatures of the film "ABOVE AND BELOW THE ICE". No one has ever spent the night in the Arctic is the premise of the MOSAiC expedition, one of the largest research expeditions of all time. Philipp Grieß brings unforgettable shots from above and below the ice in his film Directed by Philipp Griess.

In the last edition, "TERRA CENE", directed by Nono Ayuso and Rodrigo Inada, asks the question: What will be remembered in the future? With its noir aesthetic, the film weaves past, present, and future into a message to the universe.

A great impact was felt after showing "MY 25: THE OCEAN BETWEEN US", directed by Inka Creswell, which showcases that even if the untouched nature that their father enjoyed can no longer be brought back, the younger generation can write their own history: one of departure and restoration.

And a touching story about the beauty of the underwater world, as well as our past and above all our future with it were exhibited in the film "THE CORAL GUARDIAN", directed by David I. Dinçe. The surreal shots, which were produced entirely without animation, are a masterpiece of film art.

The catering for the evening was provided by a local zero-waste store, ensuring that guests were nourished in a sustainable manner.

Now, on to the next!

We are now preparing for the third edition of the festival and would love to have your submissions. We are looking for short-length movies and videos of all genres related to the ocean and its protection, including topics such as Climate Change and Noise Mitigation. If your movie stars interesting personas who live in a region accessible by train to Hamburg, we would love to invite them.

The festival will take place at the Lichtmess cinema on the 26th of May and there is no entrance fee or cost for catering.

Help us create another memorable evening by submitting your movie, sharing it with your peers, or suggesting filmmakers we should contact.

1. DEEPWAVE Filmfestival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional, educational, advertisement purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

2. It is the filmmaker´s responsibility to have all valid and correct copyright and licenses for their film.

3. All films must be in German or English, otherwise with English or German subtitles.

4. The films have a length of maximum 30 min.

5. The festival doesn`t offer screening fees.

Overall Rating
  • Although I myself wasn't able to attend the film festival the protagonist of my documentary took part in a plenary discussion after the film and really liked the festival:
    "I attented the DEEPWAVE film festival last year for a screening of a short documentary made by filmmaker and photographer Tom Vierus about a research project I led in the South Pacific, and together with several distinguished panelists participated in a discussion with the audience afterwards.
    It was a great experience, with a very interesting selection of movies, a highly interested audience that engaged in a well-informed discussion with the panelists, and particularly with a superb team organizing the event. Their energy and dedication to the ocean and to bringing this event to life truly shows, and I felt extremely well taken-care off both in the preparation and the event itself.
    A small but shining gem in the north of Germany. A big thank you to the organizers!"
    Keep up the great work!!

    March 2020
  • Julia Barnes

    Although I did not attend the festival in person, I was happy for the opportunity to share my film with the audience at Deepwave film festival. The organizers communication was great and I heard good things about the screening. Thanks for putting on a festival about important ocean issues!

    February 2020
  • Although we had an invitation from another nature film festival, we gladly decided to go to DEEPWAVE festival in Hamburg, a brilliant one-day festival focusing on ocean and ocean conservation issues.

    This year´s festival had a strong emphasis on films about the deep ocean and threats to coral habitats, with a strong scientific component.

    The organizers managed to gather an excellent scientific panel, with who the audience actively discussed the films and topics covered.

    Great moderation and organization including catering, and a good opportunity to meet people caring about the future of our oceans.

    Thank you to the organizers for inviting us to show our film DEEP TIME, we´ll definitely be back!

    January 2020
  • Faye Meijer

    Wonderfully organised by and for truly engaged people.

    October 2019