Grab your snorkel, slide on your flippers and don your wetsuit – the Ocean Film Festival is touring every state and territory in Australia. Throughout March and April the tour will be showcasing a selection of stunning marine movies, many of them filmed in our own stunning waters.


Often our lives can seem a touch terrestrial, despite living on a planet whose surface is 71% water. The Ocean Film Festival is out to inspire us with the unbridled power of the sea, with stories from a selection of humans who’ve dedicated their life to it.

“These films are made by surfers, divers, sailors, and swimmers who feel compelled to share their connection to the water with us.”

Festival director, Jemima Robinson

From big wave surfing in Hawaii to freediving Rowley’s Reef in Western Australia, the festival is guaranteed to satisfy your adrenaline cravings and test your breath-holds. But there’ll also be a conservation focus, as we know, the ocean is under serious threat from pollution and climate change. Jennie Gilbert from the Cairns Turtle Rehab Centre features in a 10 minute film that’s sure to highlight the challenges we face.

Green Turtle Swimming on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia, ocean film festival

Proceeds from select Festival events will go to the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS), the Project AWARE Foundation and Sea Shepherd Australia.


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Freediving-Tiger-Sharks-01, ocean film festival, one breath

Tour Dates


Byron Bay: 6 & 7 March – Byron Theatre

Sydney East: 6 March – Randwick Ritz

Sydney Seymour: 9-10 March – Seymour Centre

Sydney North: 13-15 March – Hayden Orpheum, Cremorne

Wollongong: 16 March – University Hall, University of Wollongong

Forster Tuncurry: 21 March – Great Lakes Cinemas

Newcastle: 22 March – Tower Cinemas

Avoca Beach: 23 March – Avoca Beach Picture Theatre

Coffs Harbour: 28 April – Jetty Theatre


Cairns: 1-3 March – Centre of Contemporary Arts

Townsville: 7 & 8 March – Riverway Arts Centre

Gold Coast: 8 March – The Arts Centre Gold Coast

Noosa: 9 March – The J

Brisbane: 16-18 April – Brisbane Powerhouse


Canberra: 2-3 March – National Film & Sound Archives


Adelaide: 17 March – The Capri Cinema


Darwin: 10 July – Deckchair Cinema

Alice Springs: 13 July – Araluen Arts Centre


Melbourne Crown: 20 March – Crown Melbourne

Melbourne Astor: 21 March – The Astor Theatre

Warrnambool: 22 March – Lighthouse Theatre

Geelong: 23 March – Village Cinemas

Rosebud: 24 March – Peninsula Cinema


Launceston: 16 March – Tramsheds

Hobart: 17 March – Farrall Centre, The Friends School


Geraldton: 10 March – Queenspark Theatre

Margaret River: 12 March – Margaret River Cultural Centre

Perth: 13-16 March – The State Theatre Centre of WA

Broome: 17 March – Sun Pictures