By SDCN Editor
San Diego, CA–The 2022 Blue Water Film Festival, presented by the Blue Water Institute, has revealed the honorees and film line-up for its third annual event—taking place June 2 through June 5, organizers said.
Jane Goodall will receive the festival’s Global Citizen Award, which is presented to an industry leader whose contributions to innovations in marine science and entertainment have changed the industry, and the world, for the better. The award will be presented in person and online on June 4, at the festival’s filmmakers’ brunch at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Diego.
The festival will open on June 2 with the world premiere of Mike Libecki’s “Inside Antarctica,” a special presentation by Dell Technologies. It will also debut two National Geographic documentaries: “Fire Of Love and The Territory,” and San Diego’s Freedom Boat Club will present a special outdoor screening of “Whale Wisdom.” The event will close with a screening of “Last of the Right Whales,” followed by a Q&A with director Nadine Pequeneza, attending in person.
Held each year in celebration of United Nations World Oceans Day, this year Blue Water Film Festival will screen eighteen feature films, fifteen short films, and two animated films—35 in all—with one world premiere, 12 US premieres, and 22 California premieres.
The full slate is as follows:
• Against The Current Director: Tod Hardin
• Archipelago New York – An Island City Director: Thomas Halaczinsky
• Aquariums: The Dark Hobby Director: Paula Fouce
• Fire Of Love Director: Sara Dosa
• Hell Or High Seas Director: Glenn Holsten
• Heroes Of The Sea Directors: York Hovest, Katrin Eigendorf, Sabine Streich
• Last Of The Right Whales Director: Nadine Pequeneza
• Shadow Weavers Director: Erica Nguyen
• Soul Of The Ocean Director: Howard Wesley Hall
• The Cost Of Free Water (La Goutte De Trop) Director: Jérémie Battaglia
• The Last Tourist Director: Tyson Sadler
• The Power of Activism Director: Steve Pasvolsky
• The Territory Director: Alex Pritz
• The Witness Is A Whale Directors: Nick Dean, Cheryl Dean
• Whale Wisdom Director: Rick Rosenthal
• Whetū Mārama – Bright Star Directors: Toby Mills, Aileen O’Sullivan
• Why On Earth Director: Katie Cleary
• 2100 Director: Fabrizio Antonioli
• A Flyfishing Refugee Director: Brian Kelley
• After Ice Director: Kieran Baxter
• An Alaskan Flight Director: Brian Kelley
• Aquateam: Sea Adventure Director: Massimo Montigiani
• A River Reborn Director: Ben Kalina
• Cause A Sea Change: Save Sharks Producer: NOAA Ocean Today
• Drifting North: The Arctic Pulse Directors: Lianna Nixon, Amy Lauren
• Ghost Ponds Director: Amanda Sosnowski
• Heal The River Director: Paulina Sobczak
• Hope In The Water Directors: Jake Weinberger, Nicolas Quintairos
• Inside Antarctica Director: Mike Libecki
• Song Of The Sea (El Canto Del Mar) Director: Kat Reynolds
• The Fish & The Flame Director: David Hutchinson
• The Oyster Farmer Director: Kika Tuff
• Tuna Tales Directors: Pepe Brix, Rui Pedro Lamy
• Wastewater: A Tale Of Two Cities Director: Sarah Franke
• We Are Like Waves Director: Jordyn Romero
The majority of films will screen in person at the La Paloma Theater in Encinitas, the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park, and the Media Arts Center San Diego in El Cajon; and will stream virtually at Blue Water+.
Each year, the festival is honored to welcome a slate of highly qualified judges to evaluate the films in each category.
Feature Film Jurors
Laura Kutnick – Producer, Wolfgang Knöpfler – Producer, Mark Benjamin – Underwater Photographer
Short Film Jurors
Louie Psihoyos – Filmmaker, Underwater Photographer, Karl Bardosh – Professor, New York University, Jean Thoren – Publisher, Animation Magazine
Passes for the 2022 Blue Water Film Festival can be purchased now at www.bluewatwerfilmfestival.org.