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World Underwater Film Festival

World Underwater Film Festival. © Uwe Schmolke / FSISMWorld Underwater Film Festival © Uwe Schmolke / FSISM

From October 30 to November 3, 2013, the World Underwater Film Festival joins forces with IMPAC3 in Marseille. By enabling spectators to experience the beauty beneath the surface, it encourages them to own up to their environmental responsibilities.

Each Fall since 1973, the world’s greatest (sub)marine photographers and directors gather in Marseille. This year, the festival comes right after IMPAC3. And for its 40th birthday, it expects around 100 exhibitors, 140 films, 450 competing photos, and more than 10,000 visitors.

The festival’s atmosphere will be both festive and educational. For instance, in addition to the jury choosing the “palme d’or”, high-school students from across France will cast their ballot to choose the best aquatic film of the year for youth.

On the morning of Friday, Nov. 1st Oct. 21, the festival’s Ocean Forum hosts several IMPAC3 participants: Sandra Bessudo (Columbian Presidential Agency for International Cooperation), Philippe Vallette (Nausicaa National Sea Center), Christophe Lefebvre (French Committee of IUCN) and a representative of MedPAN, together with circumnavigator Jimmy Cornell and with closing words by Jean-Michel Cousteau. The same day, in the afternoon, two other forums will be another forum is dedicated to archeology, with presentations on recent explorations in Lebanese MPAs and new marine technologies and innovation.

The photo exhibition Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas by Renaud Dupuy de la Grandrive and Mathieu Foulquié will also be displayed at the festival after IMPAC3.

…And during three days amazing films will be screened.

Discover the festival’s photos and videos at www.underwater-festival.com

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