The annual World Whale Film Festival promotes visual storytellers from around the world that are passionate about our ocean and tell powerful stories about our ocean, wildlife conservation, and environmental stewardship.

Our 6th Annual World Whale Film Festival (WWFF 2022) is a hybrid festival and seeks passionate filmmakers to present their films at Ocean Vodka Distillery on Maui, Hawai'i on June 8, 2022 - World Ocean Day - as well as in our online film festival from June 8- 30th.
The past 5 years have been a huge success, with sold-out venues in 2019- 2021!

Funding for World Whale Film Festival provided by Hawai'i Tourism Authority through the Community Enrichment Fund.

We are seeking powerful storytelling about our ocean environment. Filmmakers of all backgrounds and skill levels are highly encouraged to participate.

Pacific Whale Foundation supports ethical visual storytelling that accurately represents various cultures, ecosystems, and wildlife. Filmmakers must guarantee that the welfare of all marine wildlife and the marine environment was respected and remained undisturbed during filming, as well that they abided by all federal, state and regional regulations on location.

Entries will be considered based on originality, technical excellence, message, artistic merit and overall impact. With each submission, we ask that you please include detailed information such as film overview, name of director, a short bio, director's email, and film poster. These details can be sent to

By entering WWFF 2022 filmmakers acknowledge that the visual content submitted is their own creative work, and does not, to their knowledge infringe on the rights of any other person and/or business.