In addition to our flagship event that is held in March of every year, a series of mini-festivals are held over the course of the year in the United States and internationally. These events are usually smaller in scale (anywhere from 20-200 people) and are hosted by or in conjunction with another organization, university, or group. In addition to those films screened at the flagship event, the mini-festivals create screening opportunities for newly submitted and archived Beneath the Waves films.
Specific dates and locations of 2013 mini-festivals will be announced shortly.
In 2012, we hosted free mini-screenings to over 1,000 people in the following locations:
-Miami Museum of Science, Florida, USA; COSEE Florida/National Science Foundation (December 2012)
-The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA; “Science as Storytelling” Festival (November 2012)
-University of Iceland/Reykjavik City Hostel; Reykjavik, Iceland (November 2012)
-Ocean Night with Humboldt Baykeeper and Surfrider Foundation; Humboldt County, California, USA (October 2012)
-Pangeaseed U.S. West Coast Tour Migration: San Diego, California; Costa Mesa, California; Los Angeles, California; San Francisco, California; Portland, Oregon; Seattle; Washington, USA (July-August 2012)
-Shark Defenders; Saipan, Micronesia, Indonesia (July 2012)
-Old Dominion University/Naro Theater, Norfolk, Virginia, USA (March-April 2012)
We are always interested in broadening our reach, especially reaching out to public audiences from around the world. If you are passionate about the ocean and marine conservation issues, we can provide a platform for you to engage discussions in your community. Thus, all Beneath the Waves films are available for screening in a “mini-festival” style. If you are interested in becoming a local host, please read the criteria below and fill out the form and send back to us. We look forward to hearing from you!
What we expect from you:
1) Team of committed personnel to serve as regional Beneath the Waves representatives (generally 2-4 people).
Necessary team duties include the following*
Principal organizer to coordinate and oversee the logistics of the event
Handling of all digital media and films (organization, screening at event, audio/visual skills)
Promotion and advertising of the event
Distribution and collection of Beneath the Waves surveys
*these roles are not necessarily mutually exclusive, but it is easiest with 2-4 people.
2) A host location/venue that has agreed to screen the films for free to the public. Venues can vary in size (local theatres, coffee shops, galleries, universities, cinemas etc.).
3) We expect you to choose a small collection of Beneath the Waves films based on your anticipated audience and relevant marine issues in your region.
4) Access to a printer for printing promotional and survey materials.
5) Collaboration with local non-profit, scientist, or conservationist to answer questions and discuss local marine conservation or science topics (this is not necessary, but strongly encouraged)
6) Documentation of the audience size, demographic distribution, and photos that you will send to us.
7) Distribution of the Beneath the Waves survey to all audience members. We also want you to compile the results and send back to the main Beneath the Waves team.
What we will provide:
1) Access to a database of films for screening
2) Beneath the Waves literature and logo to be distributed at each event
3) Beneath the Waves poster to be used for advertising
4) Survey to be distributed to audience
5) Contact information for filmmakers
6) Press release materials
Please fill out the form below and send back to the festival directors:
Beneath the Waves Film Festival-mini-fest-form