Miami Science Museum will host the inaugural Miami Underwater Festival, in partnership with the Festival Mondiale de l’Image Sous-Marines (World Festival of Underwater Images), from France, sponsored by Everest Capital. The Festival will highlight a selection of prize-winning films from the 37th Festival Mondiale de l’Image Sous-Marines, showcasing the very best artistic, photographic and cinematographic productions related to the underwater world. Marko and Shelly Dimitrijevic, founders of the Miami Underwater Festival, have worked diligently to bring the best of the original Festival to South Florida audiences.
Christophe Pierron, one of the organizers of the original Festival Mondiale, will be present to open the Festival on Friday, May 27th, at 6:30 p.m., with a VIP Opening Cocktail event and a screening of short films (screenings will begin at 8:30 p.m.), including: Swiss director, Jose’ Lachat’s Ma Forteresse (My Fortress),Drole D’Histoire (Strange Story), and Insatiable; Les Fenetres de la Vie (Windows on Life) by Belgian director Danny Van Belle; and the first installment of the Franco-German Adventure Ocean Quest series, Great White Sharks of Guadalupe by Christian Petron.
Friday attendees will also be the first to experience Miami Science Museum’s newest hands-on exhibit: Stingray Sea Lab, officially opening to the public during the festival. Visitors will get to touch live stingrays at this new 3,000-gallon touch tank then discover what is found in Miami’s amazing and diverse sea grass beds.
On Saturday, May 28th, the Miami Underwater Festival continues at 10:30 am with a special French-language program co-hosted by the Alliance Francaise of Miami, featuring Rene Heuzey’s Le Mystere des Requins Baleines (The White Shark Mystery) and Naissance d’une Ile (Birth of an Island) by Bertrand Boyer. The afternoon kicks off with a lecture led by Florida International University’s Dr. Mike Heithaus and underwater specialist Ila Porcher and a roster of more family-friendly films. The Festival will come to a close Saturday evening with signature screenings, including: Free Fall by BlueNery from France; The Pier from Italy by Daniele Iop; O Mar Das Cies by Spanish filmmakers Jose Irisarri and Manuel Uhia; and Equator, Rivers of the Sun by Satoshi Okabe from Japan.
During the Festival, Miami Science Museum will also host programs that will better acquaint families with the wonders of the sea.
Coral Morphologic will present a series of vibrant and artistic ‘natural history’ films that document the minute invertebrate life of Florida’s reefs.
National Park Ranger and photographer, Thomas Strom’s Biscayne’s Underwater Secrets, a photo exhibit of the hidden natural beauty living in Biscayne National Park, will be on display.
Florida Marine Aquarium Association will be hosting “touch tanks” showcasing local sea life.
From hands-on science activities and family-friendly presentations on marine life and research, to live aquarium displays to explore, the Festival will be enjoyed by people of all ages. If you are a marine professional, an enthusiast or just curious about the oceans that surround us, the Festival is the underwater “happening” that should not be missed.
Miami Underwater Festival activities and screenings are included with Miami Science Museum admission (Adults: $14.95, Seniors: $10.95, Students with ID and Children: $10.95, Children Under 3: Free). Festival only tickets per screening time: Adults: $8.00, Children: $5.00, Children Under 3: Free. Festival only tickets include admission to screenings, activities in the lobby and Stingray Sea Lab exhibit. Tickets can be purchased at the door.