"Bad Neighbors."  Shows marine creatures such as dolphins and monk seals doing all the things we
do to their homes — the ocean — to our home, from over-fishing to polluting.
The take-home Message is:
Would we want this to happen to our home? Then why do we do it to theirs?

This public service announcement was created by Malama Hawai'i, with funding from the Hawai'i
Tourism Authority, support from the state Division of Aquatic Resources and The Nature Conservancy,
and generous pro-bono work for the International Year of the Reef Hawai'i campaign.


“Once Upon a Tide” A live action and animated tale about a time when the people were under a
spell, that made them forget about the ocean. Told through the unique voice of Academy-Award
winner Linda Hunt, this mystical fairy tale inspires us to recognize the importance of ocean
conservation.” Made by the Center for Health and the Global Environment, at Harvard Medical School,
the mission of the Center is to help people understand that our health, and that of our children,
depends on the health of the environment, and that we must do everything we can to protect it.

Down The Barrel !!!-
Steven B. Lawrence
a 93 minute surf documentary that features Slater, Machado, Parko and Kalani Robb and was shot
mostly in Tahiti and Hawaii.  The water dp is Mike Prickett.
This film is just too great to Describe...


“The Wayfinders of Polynesia,” starring Nainoa Thompson of the Polynesian Voyaging Society,
documents the travels of the voyaging canoe Hokule’a a replica of the ancient vessels that explored
the Pacific. “Something happened when they launched that canoe,” says Nainoa, “and I’m not
adequate to add it all up, but something very powerful happen -ed and it was not only the ability to
have dreams, but all of a sudden there was a symbol that demanded that you ought to be proud.” The
crew uses the ancient methods of celestial navigation and by understanding the direction, size, speed,
and distance between waves to find the islands in a vast sea. The film was made by Andrew Gregg
and Wade Davis, an Explorer-In-Residence with National Geographic, who began filming in 2004 in
Hanalei Bay, and followed the story to Polynesia.

The Society for Conservation Biology sponsored the International Marine Conservation
Conference in Washington DC.
On Opening Night the Smithsonian  Institution will be hosting a social event to announce a
new exhibition called the Ocean Hall.The IMCC steering committee would like to show  
marine conservation oriented film at the event as well. We would like to propose that this
be a joint event
between the Hawaii Ocean Film Festival and the IMCC where the film we choose is one of
the films that wins an award at the Hawaii Ocean Film Festival.
2009 Winning Films
Due to computer issues, all data was
lost. but were working on it !


"Between the Tides,"
judged tops in the marine resources-feature length category. In this 42-
minute independently produced documentary, Colorado natives Tyler Quintano and Nick Manning
explore the plight of 10,000 refugees who once lived on the island of Lohachara in the Bay of Bengal.
In December 2006 researchers from Jadavpur University in Calcutta reported that Lohachara had
vanished beneath the waves, the victim of rising sea levels caused by global warming.
"Between the Tides" asks sobering questions: Where have Lohachara's displaced residents
relocated? How are those regions dealing with the situation economically, socially and politically? Is
this an isolated incident, or is it a warning for other coastal areas worldwide?

Selected films from opening night included:

“Navigators of the Future” a project in development that documents the travels of the voyaging
canoe Hokule’a, a replica of an ancient vessel that recently sailed from Oahu to Palmyra Atoll to train
new crew members, navigators and captains for the 2013 Worldwide voyage.

The festival was lucky to have navigator Malia and crew man Keala Kai to explain to the audience the
ancient methods of celestial navigation and by under- standing the direction, size, speed, and
distance between waves to find the tiny islands in a vast sea.

The Audience favorite was the Student film
“White Shark Café,” which explains how the Great
Whites were feared and revered by native peoples all over the world, but have only been researched
for the last 50 years.

“Sexy Sharks,” was a winning short film from Germany, and the PBS supported film on the ancient
methods of marine life preservation
“Fishing Pono” a project in development by a local filmmaker.

Each year the festival presents the top ten films selected for opening night, which includes holding
space for local young film Makers to showcase their work. This year the winning student short film
was by Gabriel Abrams, and the featured local filmmaker was Brady Cushway.  Brady presented his
short film “Respect,” which shares the notion that the ocean can be a very dangerous place – if you
don’t show respect, and edited a montage of a kayak trip down the Na Pali coast, shot by the teens
who attended the Waipa Foundations’ summer program.