40Fathoms Film Festival

a cinematic celebration of our Blue Planet

40Fathoms Film Festival takes place in June each year in celebration of World Oceans Day. Showcasing films submitted by scientists, conservationists & filmmakers from around the world 40Fathoms raises awareness of the issues facing the oceans today, while providing people with the knowledge & tools to make a tangible difference to conservation.

40Fathoms Film Festival is held in the seaside town of Hermanus, South Africa - globally recognized as the land-based Whale Watching Capital of the World. Films are screened in the Whale House Museum in the town centre.

40Fathoms Film Festival is a South African Shark Conservancy event. Join us for this cinematic celebration our Blue Planet.


For filmmakers

Submission deadline for 2015: May 22 at 12h00 GMT+2

40Fathoms Film Festival accepts submissions from amateur and professional filmmakers. Young filmmakers are encouraged to submit films for consideration by the selection committee. Short & feature-length films are screened during the festival.

Film categories include: Science, Conservation, Education & Awareness and Exploration. The only strict entry guideline is that films must have a marine focus and have been produced after 2012.

There is no submission fee for filmmakers.

download submission guidelines

2015 programme

40fathoms film festival is proud to screen multi award-winning films from around the world.

we proudly bring you the african premiere of many of these productions.

view the final programme.

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