Lighthouse Theatre to host Ocean Film Festival World Tour

Ocean-lovers are being offered a chance to reignite their passion on March 22 when the city becomes home to glimpses of life both above and below the water’s surface.

Warrnambool’s Lighthouse Theatre will screen the 2018 Ocean Film Festival World Tour as part of the national circuit screening 42 times in 26 cities across Australia.

Warrnambool was chosen as one of six venues in Victoria to screen the water films.

Festival director Jemima Robinson said this year's program featured talented Australians both in front of and behind the camera.

“These films are made by surfers, divers, sailors and swimmers who feel compelled to share their connection to the water with us.

“Through two hours of deep-water spear-fishing, big-wave riding, cross-ocean rowing and sailing a hobby yacht from England to Auckland, we realise that this love we have for the ocean, as Australians, is a global and fundamentally human emotion.”

Films within the two-hour screening are the works of film-makers from both Australia and all over the globe.

“This year’s entries included two Victorian filmmakers,” she said.

Ms Robinson said the pleasure of viewing the films was often tainted with the pain of reality.

“We know that most people leave this event wanting to quit work and hit the water,” she said.

“Which is why every year our audience numbers continue to swell.”

Proceeds from the event support the Australian Marine Conservation Society, the Project AWARE Foundation and Sea Shepherd Australia.

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