Môr at the Ocean Film Festival UK in Venue Cymru

Posted by John & Ocean Film Festival UK on 22nd Nov 2021

Môr at the Ocean Film Festival UK in Venue Cymru

What a fantastic night at Venue Cymru with Môr being the main local sponsor.

The Ocean Film Festival UK delivered the goods again, with films including those listed below.

Thank you to everyone that came for a chat and we hope whoever won some of our prizes, (including a free SUP lesson and swimming tow float), gets a little bit of enjoyment from them. 

We hope the films encouraged you to try some new challenges, we were particularly impressed by the paddle boarder completing the crazy Race to Alaska challenge in 14 days straight. Also inspired by the single use- plastic free challenge from two girls from Australia, kayaking down the West Coast of Alaska with home made dehydrated food parcels, wrapped in Newspaper! No message was stronger than the pleas from two older gentlemen, one, a fisherman from Indonesia and the other a scientist from Russia, to urge us to take more responsibility for our actions as they both battled to protect areas they deeply loved. Some tear jerking moments.

CHANGING TIDES

2,000km, 3 months, 2 kayaks – and zero single-use plastic. With giant icebergs, abundant wildlife and serious arm-power, university friends Lucy and Mathilde tackle an ambitious kayaking trip along the Inside Passage, down the coast of Alaska and Canada. With all of their 500 meals stored in paper, Changing Tides joins the duo on a journey of adventure, challenge, friendship and a deep love of the world’s oceans.

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FROM KURILS WITH LOVE

A scrappy Russian marine biologist called Vladimir stows away on a boat filled with adventure junkies (and a world-renowned cybersecurity expert) to reach one of the last paradises on Earth – the volcanic Kuril Islands, between Russia and Japan. From this dramatically beautiful and inaccessible chain of islands, From Kurils With Love introduces us to a true warrior for the planet on an intimate journey of visual bliss… and sea lion chaos.

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VOICE ABOVE WATER

Wayan is a 90-year-old Balinese fisherman who can no longer fish because of the amount of plastic pollution in the ocean. In a change of pace, Wayan instead uses his fishing boat and net to pull rubbish from the water, in the hope of one day being able to fish again. Voice Above Water is a glimpse into how one person is using his resources to make a difference, and a reminder that we can all accomplish something much greater than ourselves.

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MATADOR

Skimboarding is a sport that starts and ends on the beach, with skim-boarders running to meet an incoming wave and riding it back to shore – performing impressive tricks along the way! With an epic soundtrack plus spectacular underwater and ariel shots, Matador stars professional skim-boarder Austin Keen in action among the crystalline blue waters and white sand beaches of Mexico. Wow factor guaranteed.

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YARROW

London-based monochrone photographer David Yarrow steps ashore in South Georgia to capture the mind-blowing wildlife scenes of this remote and inhospitable island, only reachable by an 80-hour boat journey. But with hundreds of thousands of penguins and seals, surrounded by a cathedral of mountain peaks and hanging glaciers, this spectacle of nature is a sensory overload and it’s hard to know where to start…

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THE SEA TO ME | KATE HAMSIKOVA

Kate Hamsikova is a freediver and swimming instructor whose connection with the sea grew thanks to her friendship with a solitary wild dolphin called Dusty. Over the last 15 years Kate has become an experienced freediver, diving in many of the world’s great oceans and sharing her passion for the sea with others – but here she tells her story from closer to home, on her beloved west coast of Ireland.

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RACE TO ALASKA

The Race to Alaska is a boating race that pushes contestants to the edge of endurance, tackling 750 miles of dangerous waters, from Washington to Alaska, with no motors and no outside support. Those who take on the challenge are varied in their experience and motivations, but all share the same determination. Jumping to get perspectives from boat to boat, Race to Alaska is bracing, immersive, wonderfully congenial and a tribute to the spirit of adventure.