2016 Ocean Film Festival

Thank you for joining us at the 13th Annual Gray's Reef Ocean Film Festival!

January 29-30, 2016, The Trustees and Lucas Theaters, Savannah, GA

Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary and Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation presented the 13th annual Gray’s Reef Ocean Film Festival January 29-30, 2016 in historic downtown Savannah. The event featured an exciting lineup as we used film to combine art, education, and enjoyment to inspire ocean stewardship and conservation in our community as well as interest in Gray’s Reef. The total attendance was 1,700 for the weekend, including many visitors from the surrounding area. The survey results and feedback have been overwhelmingly glowing!

Opening night was a near sell out as Gray’s Reef hosted its first-ever 3D Night with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean 3D, followed by Humpback Whales 3D, directed by two-time Academy Award nominee Greg MacGillivray. Ed Lyman was featured in Humpback Whales 3D and spoke to the eager crowd after the screenings about rescuing whales from fishing gear. 820 attendees filled the theater for Friday's 3D evening, the highest ever single evening attendance for our event!

Over 300 students from local elementary schools were able to enjoy children’s ocean films on Friday and Saturday due to generous sponsors. Following that, for the first time, emerging filmmaker award winners were international, with gold and silver winning short films submitted by universities in Italy and Greece, respectively. The Guy Harvey and military appreciation sessions brought in new audiences to experience the films and learn about Gray’s Reef, and we are looking for ways to draw larger audiences to afternoon session. To wrap up the festival, we presented two incredible National Geographic films and GRNMS Superintendent Sarah Fangman presented a Lifetime Achievement award to Emmy-winning cinematographers Paul and Grace Atkins. Finally, the wrap party on stage closed out the festival in style with great food, enthusiasm, and fun!!

Thank you to our generous sponsors who helped make this event possible! Please support the organizations listed at the bottom of this page.


7pm Friday, January 29, Trustees Theater - 3D Ocean Exploration Evening!

Secret Ocean 3D Humpback Whales 3D

8:45PM Meet Ed Lyman, Humpback Whale Rescuer

Ed is the Large Whale Entanglement Response Coordinator for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. He will provide amazing stories, photos, and insights into Humpback Whales and how his team rescues these magnificent creatures from fishing gear and other debris!

Saturday, January 30, Lucas Theatre - A whole day of oceanic fun!

9:30am Children's program (free for kids!) with a marine critter touch tank from Tybee Island Marine Science Center!

Lost and Found Journey to the South Pacific

11:30am Emerging Filmmakers Competition

2pm Guy Harvey Session

Extreme Red Bull Extreme Kiteboarding

The Oceanic White Tip Shark Aliens from the Deep: Lionfish

3:30pm Community appreciation of our Military, featuring adrenaline and ocean-healing films

SUDS in Action Extreme Red Bull Windsurfers

The Current The Crystal Labyrinth

7:00pm National Geographic Night

Gyre: Creating Art from a Plastic Ocean and The Secret Life of Predators

8:45pm Meet Paul & Grace Atkins, Emmy Award-Winning Cinematographers!

Paul and Grace will share exciting stories and present a highlight reel of their career experiences as renowned underwater videographers! Read more about them at www.paulatkins.com

9:30pm Wrap Party on Stage!

We will close out the festival with a celebratory Wrap Party on stage that will bring the house down! Help us celebrate the film festival on stage Saturday night after an inspirational Gray’s Reef Ocean Film Festival! Join our staff, volunteers, and VIPs for hors d’oeuvres, sweet treats, and a cash bar. Max capacity is 150 people on stage, so donate early to avoid missing out!