Every year, for the past 8 years, the Cayman Islands Tourism Association (CITA), has hosted its International Underwater Film Festival, in conjunction with its Underwater Photography Competition. The festival will be held in November of this year and submissions will be accepted between July 1 and October 29. This year, the International Underwater Film Festival coincides with the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame (ISDHF). The film festival is an evening where a variety of underwater films new and old, artistic and scientific, are shown. Some of the ISDHF inductees are invited to show a film. This is especially unique for the audience, as these ‘celebrity’ scuba divers are able to both introduce and answer questions about their film. This year, Divers Alert Network (DAN) is the presenting sponsor for the event and part of the proceeds of the Underwater Film Festival will go to support diver safety and training as well as local environmental efforts. (Courtesy CITA website)
CITA screened the following films, as part of the 2011 festival:
Howard and Michele Hall, best known for their IMAX films, will present ‘Underwater Imax Film Production.’ Howard and Michele are award winning natural history filmmakers and have Directed and Produced several IMAX feature films, including Into the Deep, Island of Sharks and Deep Sea 3D. (Courtesy CITA website) You can view more of their work here.
World-renowned French diver, photographer, author and painter Andre Laban brings his trademark underwater painting and bald head to the big screen. He’s developed early underwater camera’s, won an Oscar for Best Documentary and now presents his Palme d’Or winning film ‘Iris and Oniris.’ (Courtesy CITA website)
Alan Power has spent one and a half years total bottom time diving The Wreck of the President Coolidge. With 40 years knowledge and experience the man they call ‘Mr President’ presents his film ‘Wreck of the President Coolidge.’ (Courtesy CITA website)
This year, the festival will include 1 to 2 short films from local (Cayman) filmmakers. For more information on how to enter your film into the festival, check out the festival’s website.
We will update you as soon as we learn of the local films selected for the festival. In the meantime, Happy Festivalling!!