The inaugural Ocean Film Festival in Asia – the Hong Kong-San Francisco Ocean Film Festival – kicks off today, Friday 9 March. The various events held throughout this two week long festival are presented by the Ocean Recovery Alliance (ORA), whose projects and initiatives are all funded to improve the ocean environment. The ORA is a registered non-profit organization in Hong Kong and California, established to bring new technologies, innovations, creativity, and collaborations to solve issues that face the health of the ocean today. The Hong Kong-San Francisco Ocean Film Festival will help increase the awareness in Asia about the importance of maintaining a healthy ocean ecosystem.
The film festival launch is being held in concurrence with San Francisco, with a 9:00am brunch showing at Oolaa. Tonight, there will also be an opening film held at 8:00pm at Hong Kong University. Tickets for this evening’s film and many others throughout the festival can be bought on the Ocean Recovery Alliance website.
You should definitely check out Tomorrow’s Ocean, a free event (although registration is required), that’s taking place at the Fringe Club on Saturday 10 March from 4-6pm, and features a number of ocean experts talking in a short interactive and engaging seminar on a variety of ocean issues. Ticket prices for other happenings range from $60-110 and take place at a variety of locations including Ben’s Back Beach Bar in Shek O, Oolaa in Sheung Wan, Hemmingway’s in Discovery Bay, and the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in Causeway Bay until 22 March. The films presented during these times are from around the world, are a variety of lengths, and focus on a diverse set of topics related to the ocean.
Thank you to the Ocean Recovery Alliance for all you do to help our oceans!
The Hong Kong-San Francisco Ocean Festival runs from 9-22 March; see here for more details.