14th Annual Gray's Reef Film Festival
February 2-5, 2017, The Trustees and Tybee Post Theaters, Savannah, GA
Our Community, Our Ocean

Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary and Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation present the 14th annual Gray’s Reef Film Festival February 2-5, 2017. 

 Last year 1,700 attendees and sponsors contributed over $25,000 in support of our ocean and Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. This year we have expanded the festival and expect to exceed both of those numbers.  

The 2017 festival will, once again, feature an exciting film lineup to inspire ocean stewardship and conservation, including two full nights of 3D films.  We also anticipate a larger Founder’s Party which, will again be held at 24e on Thursday, February 2.  If the techno-gods are with us, guests will be amazed and delighted by the virtual reality experience we have planned for them.   

Friday and Saturday nights will both feature 3D explorations of the underwater world. Saturday will feature the awards for the Emerging Filmmakers and be capped by a celebratory After Party for sponsors, filmmakers, and attendees at 45 Bistro where all will enjoy a delightful selection of lite bites and sweet treats.   

Sunday brings another new addition—a matinee at the Tybee Post Theater featuring films from the San Francisco International Ocean Film

Festival. Tybee Island has a strong connection to the ocean and it’s a great spot for the Gray’s Reef Film Festival wrap up, including a wrap party at the North Beach Bar & 

Images from the Gray's Reef Film Festival 2016

Grill. Recognizing that some Chatham County students have never seen the ocean, we have decided to substantially expand on last year’s children’s program. This year we will en able more than 500 students from Savannah, and over 120 from Tybee Island, to experience the beauty and wonder of our oceans!

Current sponsors include Peeples Industries, Connect Savannah, 24e, Visit Savannah, Thrive Catering, South Magazine, 45 Bistro, North Beach Bar & Grill, Savannah Magazine, and some of Savannah’s leading citizens. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, contact  Vicki Weeks, [email protected]

Gray's Reef Film Festival Schedule 2017

6pm Thursday, February 2, Founder's Party, 24e. 

As a kickoff for the film festival, we will we preview the weekend's feature films and celebrate our ocean with hundreds of our closest friends! Thrive Catering again will generously provide delicious creations and beer and wine will be supplied by Savannah Distributing Co. This educational and entertaining evening is the annual celebration of the founder's of Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.  

7pm Friday, February 3, Trustees Theater - 3D Night #1 

                          Galapagos 3D                                                                                           Life of the Reef 3D

3pm, Saturday, February 4, SCAD Museum of Art Theater - Emerging Filmmakers Session 


Through our student film competition, we hope to provide an opportunity for local students to use their knowledge and skills to address important issues regarding our ocean and freshwater environments. Filmmakers and filmmaking teams are encouraged to demonstrate their creativity and filmmaking skills for a panel of judges, including professional filmmakers, ocean conservationists, and educators. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded at the evening session at the Trustees Theater.

7pm, Saturday, February 4, Trustees Theater - 3D Night #2

                           Wonders of the Arctic 3D                                                                     Secret Ocean 3D      



9:00pm Meet Kevin McCarey, Emmy Award-Winning Filmmaker, Trustees Theater 

Kevin will share exciting stories as he is awarded the Gray's Reef Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award! Read more about him at www.kevinmccarey.com

9:30pm After Party, 45 Bistro

We will celebrate the festival at the Foundation after-party at 45 Bistro in the Marshall House on Broughton Street in Historic Downtown Savannah.  Tickets $25; features lite bites and sweet treats!  Cash bar.

3pm, Sunday, February 5, Tybee Post Theater 

Tybee Island has a strong connection to the ocean so it is a great partnership for the Gray’s Reef Film Festival to bring films to the Tybee Post Theater. Continuing to engage Tybee Island after a strong turnout at our summer film series, we will be screening a variety of wonderful films from the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival.

4:30pm, Sunday, February 5, Wrap Party, North Beach Bar and Grill 

We will celebrate the film festival in style out on Tybee as Kathryn Williams will host the official Wrap Party at the North Beach Bar & Grill. Kathryn plans to feature Lionfish wraps and apps to help us revisit attention on the importance of managing this invasive species. 



Cathy J. Sakas                Mrs. Robert O. Levitt   


Maggie and Bill Rousseau          Sarah Fangman & Greg McFall          
Jamie Arkins