The 8th Annual World Whale Film Festival (WWFF) showcases films by powerful storytellers from around the world. Inspiring action for a better, bluer future, WWFF raises awareness about the ocean, marine wildlife conservation, Indigenous ecological knowledge, environmental stewardship, and solutions for the ocean and humankind—as our future is connected. This year, with the devastating fires that took place on Maui in August 2023, the 8th WWFF will add another category for climate change and natural disasters to showcase the impact of events like the Maui Fires on the natural world.

A Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) Fundraiser, the 8th Annual World Whale Film Festival (WWFF) in 2024, is a hybrid festival. The festival seeks passionate filmmakers to present their films on Maui, Hawai'i on JUNE 6, 2024 at OCEAN Organic Farm & Distillery and in our online film festival from JUNE 8 (World Ocean Day) - JULY 31, 2024.

WWFF takes place during World Ocean month, beginning June 6, and includes in-person and online events that:

- Increase global awareness
- Connect film viewers, filmmakers and organizations to further conservation action
- Raise funds for PWF’s mission to protect the ocean through science and advocacy and inspire environmental stewardship

The in-person events include the screening of official selections at OCEAN Organic Farm & Distillery on June 6, a vital PWF partner, and a VIP Cruise on June 7 with Filmmakers sponsored by PacWhale Eco-Adventures. Planning is lso underway for a potential cocktail hour for filmmakers and VIP guests on June 5.

The past 7 years have been a huge success and we look forward to your submissions!

We are seeking powerful storytelling about our ocean environment. Filmmakers of all backgrounds, ages 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, storytelling and technical excellence, message, artistic merit and overall impact. With each submission, you must include detailed information such as film overview, name of director, director's bio, director's email, director's photo, weblinks to affiliate environmental organizations, and film poster. These details must be shared directly to FilmFreeway and/or sent to Upon selection of your film, you will have two weeks, until April 15, 2024, to get us these required materials.

By entering WWFF 2024 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.

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  • mahmut taş

    It's a very nice festival. We are very happy to be there.

    July 2022