"Harnessing the power of film and storytelling to raise awareness for the world’s oceans."

The 2015 World Oceans Day Hawai‘i film festival presented in partnership with the Doris Duke Theater is a one-week, high-profile film festival featuring an exclusive selection of ocean-themed films, keynote speakers and panel discussions.

The themes for the film festival are:
· People & The Sea
· Ocean Environmental Issues
· Marine Sciences & Wildlife
· Ocean Exploration
· Ocean Sports

World Oceans Day Hawai‘i is a non-profit event presented by PangeaSeed and the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Doris Duke Theater to celebrate World Oceans Day (June 8). World Oceans Day Hawai‘i is a platform that connects local marine conservationists, film-makers, scientists and ocean enthusiasts to share their knowledge and passion with the aim to inspire a new generation of ocean stewards. Under the maxim, Celebrate · Learn · Sustain, we invite the general public to see the marine world with fresh eyes.

1.1 Your submission must be your original work.

1.2. Your submission must relate to one of the following themes: People & The Sea, Ocean Environmental Issues, Marine Sciences & Wildlife, Ocean Exploration, Ocean Sports

1.3. World Oceans Day Hawaii is an international event and encourages non-English language films be submitted. English subtitles of the narration must be included for foreign language film submissions.

1.4. World Oceans Day Hawaii accepts films completed after June 8, 2012. To request a date exception, contact us at info@worldoceansdayhawaii.org.

1.5. All submissions are required to have all watermarks, time-codes and channel bugs removed. Screening masters with any of these will NOT be screened and their allocated time will be given to another film.

1.5. World Oceans Day Hawaii reserves the right to disqualify submissions which do not meet all of the festival's requirements or are received after the deadline.


By submitting your film to World Oceans Day Hawaii, you assume the responsibility for obtaining appropriate clearances for all media featured in the film (images and music).

(a) You, the entrant, certify that the film being entered into the festival has obtained all the appropriate clearances to screen the film publicly.

(b) You, the entrant, certify that you are not involved in any type of current or pending litigation related to media featured in the film being entered in the festival.

(c) You, the entrant, and all persons associated with the submitted film indemnify and hold harmless World Oceans Day Hawaii, its parent organization, affiliates and any respective directors, employees, volunteers or other representatives against any claim resulting from screening your film at World Oceans Day Hawaii or any other festival event. World Oceans Day Hawaii cannot be held accountable for any copyright infringements resulting from public screenings or printed promotional materials submitted to World Oceans Day Hawaii.

We require all entrants to provide World Oceans Day Hawaii with the following items prior to the deadline:

(a) A broadcast quality screening master for public showing.
(b) 3 high-resolution (300dpi) images to be used in printed and online promotional materials.
(c) A trailer no longer than 2 minutes used for promotional purposes.

4.1. The entrant of an accepted film is responsible for all shipping charges, insurance and customs fees required to provide the World Oceans Day Hawaii with all required items (see above).

4.2. The entrant must arrange for return shipping, insurance and customs fees and provide a pre-addressed label with the return/forwarding destination in order for us to return hard drives or other mediums used to supply the screening master.