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BLUE Needs You!

Volunteer positions now open for the August 24-29, 2010 BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit

The inaugural BLUE Ocean Film Festival

debuted last year in Savannah, Georgia with a  splash, introducing the Oscar-winning film "The Cove" and many others to the public. Now, BLUE has made Monterey its permanent home. BLUE combines award-winning films, photography, conservation outreach and policy discussion in an engaging and entertaining forum. Along with film screenings and events, the festival also hosts an international industry conference for veteran and emerging filmmakers, photographers, scientists and media distributors.


The BLUE Ocean Film Festival is planned to occur every other year in Monterey, alternating with its well-known wildlife film festival counterpart Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.


This year, the opening night of BLUE will feature Disneynature's Jean-Francois Camilleri hosting an exclusive screening of Disneynature's new film "Oceans".  The entire festival will honor the 100th birthday of Jacques Cousteau and his family's continued commitment to the oceans.


Other 2010 BLUE festivities will include:

  • Screenings of more than 60 award winning ocean films
  • Filmmaker "Behind the Scenes" and "Making Of" discussions
  • Workshops for filmmakers, film distributors and other industry representatives
  • Photography exhibits from premier underwater photographers, with a special show of David Doubilet's work
  • Key notes and conservation seminars
  • Film industry exhibitors
  • Social events, family activities and educational hands-on exhibits
  • Blue On Tour (A global traveling film festival now in development)


Festival venues

The host hotel for the film festival is the Portola Plaza Hotel, and film screenings and activities will take place at the Monterey Conference Center, the Golden State Theater, Osio Theaters, The Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Cannery Row Imax, the Pacific Grove Theater and other venues.


About the Non-Profit BLUE Film Festival

BLUE is a 501c3 organization with a mission to "leverage the power of film and visual media to help protect the oceans the life within."        

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is the festival's presenting sponsor because BLUE's mission of inspiring ocean conservation through film experiences complements the Aquarium's perfectly, and films can take people places far beyond the Aquarium.


Other major sponsors of BLUE include the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Disneynature and Code Blue Foundation, while its Global Advisory Board includes Jean-Michel Cousteau, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Dr. Greg Stone of Conservation International and representatives from NOAA, National Geographic Society, Discovery Networks, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, Wildscreen and other notable organizations.


BLUE Needs You

As a 501c3, all revenues from BLUE go to support the organization's mission, and volunteers are welcome and vital for a well-run festival. Opportunities to volunteer include:


BLUE Benefits You Too

When you volunteer, you'll have the opportunity to network with legends in the filmmaking and photography industries, make new friends and learn more about the environmental media industry.  Plus volunteers who commit to a minimum of 24 hours between Aug. 20th- Sept. 3rd will earn 1 Sea Otter festival passes that allows access to all screenings and conservation seminars plus a very cool BLUE T-Shirt and festival bag with goodies.  Join our team of fun, media-savvy & ocean-loving people as we work together to create an outstanding Festival in 2010. 




Apply to Volunteer Here!


To sign up, simply provide us with the following information and we will get back to you promptly. Or apply online at





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