21 September 2016

Annual Ocean Film Festival makes waves this autumn

Man in a kayak in a scene from the film 'Kayaking the Aleutians'

Kayaking the Aleutians

 by Ocean Film Festival

With oceans covering more than 70% of the Earth's surface, it makes sense that there is an annual festival dedicated to films about them. As part of its UK tour, the Ocean Film Festival will be making two stops in Wales: 6 October at Llandudno's Venue Cymru and 7 October at Porthcawl's Grand Pavilion.   

Over two hours, you can kick back and be absorbed by dramatic tales of the big blue. You'll see and hear the stories of those who live, work and play amongst the ocean, as well as rarely seen footage from under the surface. The night will be made up of a series of at least six short films, each with its own unique take on the words of the waves.   

If you're heading to the festival in Porthcawl, arrive an hour or two early and take in the coastal scenery with a walk along the front. Rest Bay, one of the beaches, has a long stretch of golden sand up to the sea, perfect for a brisk autumn stroll. Or, if you're going to Llandudno, there's the pretty Happy Valley park to wander around, or the vast promenade that sits between the two Ormes cliffs. Here's a snapshot of two of the films you can expect to see:   

Kayaking the Aleutians

Justine Curgenven and Sarah Outen wanted to be the first to paddle 2,500 kilometres along the Aleutian chain of islands in Alaska, one of the greatest technical sea kayak expeditions in the world. Alone for 101 days in extremely rough weather conditions, the two women were swept away to face rough seas and wildlife. This film tells their tale.

The Right

Ryan Hippwood, an Australian surfer, battles one of the world's most dangerous and unpredictable waves: The Right. It nearly took his life in 2012, but he still wanted to return, joined by a handful of others, to take on this beast once more.