BLUE Festival Brings Ocean Films, Conservation to St. Pete

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 9:43am

St.Pete/Clearwater (Nov. 3, 2014) - Given St. Pete/Clearwater's reliance on healthy waterways, it's only fitting that the area welcomes the world's premiere ocean-focused event, BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit, to St. Petersburg this week.

BLUE, which runs through Sunday, features the likes of James Cameron and Jeremy Irons as they debut films associated with ocean exploration and conservation. Events from workshops, film screenings, lectures and parties, like the blue carpet awards gala, will be held at numerous venues around St. Pete and are open to the public.

Of particular interest will be a new Google product unveiling on Tuesday by Jenifer Austin, product manager for the Ocean in Google Earth and Maps, and Fabien Cousteau, grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

"This is a multifaceted event with tremendous growth potential," said David Downing, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater Interim Director said, "With such well-known names and a wide variety of activities our hope is that it will lead to increased exposure for the destination while highlighting the need to protect our lifeblood---our marine environment."

Individual event tickets start at $10, but visitors and locals alike are encouraged to experience the free activities surrounding the festival, including a life-sized 90-foot inflatable blue whale on display at Mahaffey Theater and a Kidz Film Fest at Muvico Sundial at 9 a.m. on Saturday. For a complete schedule of events, click here.

BLUE is slated to return in 2016 and 2018 as it alternates with the festival's international host, Monaco.