The Ocean Film Festival, taking place at several different locations throughout the autumn, is a Film Festival that originated in Australia. They offer a program of around 9 films with a total running time of two hours. The common thread that unites these visually stunning films is the state of the world’s oceans.
Our water systems are in grave danger, but not enough research has been conducted to get a comprehensive idea of the damage that humans have done to them. We are just now beginning to scratch the surface of our impact on the largest ecosystems on our planet. The Ocean Film Festival will be screening films that tackle different aspects of the current crisis.
The state of Europe’s water systems is particularly alarming, with the North atlantic garbage patch being a notable example of an ecological disaster that Europe has done little to combat. European fish stocks have been destroyed over the last years, and the highly controversial Common Fisheries Policy has done nothing to impede the unrelenting pace at which we are destroying our oceans; critics argue that it has, at best, placated the economic interests of member states, and at worst actively facilitated the current ecological disaster, providing subsidies to the most damaging vessels until very recently. One of the main controversies is the inability or lack of desire for the parliament to ban deep sea trawling, the most damaging type of fishing, until 2016, despite a controversial vote with voting irregularities in late 2013 establishing common democratic will for a ban.
The Festival covers many of the myriad of topics that affect our waterways, and the films themselves are visually stunning and rich in content.
The Ocean film festival will be opening it’s autumn tour in Woluwe at Wolubilis, the local cultural center, on the 20th and 21st of October. If you can’t make it don’t worry, the festival will show it’s acclaimed films throughout Belgium in the coming months.