Beneath the Waves Film Festival

Friday, October 11, 2013
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)
Gleason Performing Arts Center Gleason Performing Arts Center
Event Type
Community Event
Philip Gravinese
Tri Beta

 The aim of the Beneath the Waves Film Festival is to engage and excite the public about the importance and broader impacts of scientific research related to ocean and coastal communities. The organization is run completely by students seeking advanced degrees in the marine sciences, all whom share the common goal of promoting inspiring films via an engaging communication and outreach platform that serves to educate general audiences about the importance of marine related issues. Currently the Beneath the Waves Film Festival is in its fourth year of production and has showcased the short films from hundreds of student, amateur, and professional filmmakers worldwide.

 The first showing (Oct. 10th) will be geared to an adult audience. The format for the night will include a pre-viewing reception (6–7 pm), during which undergraduate and graduate students from Biological Sciences will showcase their research in poster format to the public. The audience will then move into the auditorium where we will show a suite of films (7–8 pm) from the Beneath the Waves Festival, including three films made by Florida Tech graduate students that were included in the premiere of the 2013 festival at the 42nd Annual Benthic Ecology Meeting in Savannah, GA. Following the film presentation, we will have a panel discussion (8–8:45 pm), which will include scientists from Florida Tech who will field questions from the audience. The panelists will be selected based on expertise that match the films we will show.

The format for the October 11th showing will be adjusted to engage a younger audience.  Rather than a pre-viewing poster session, we will invite undergraduate and graduate students from Biological Sciences to showcase demonstrations, short activities, and/or specimens pertaining to their research. A panel discussion will again follow, but this panel will include environmental educators from the community as well as scientists from Florida Tech. The main goal of the second showing will be to use the event as a springboard for a filmmaking competition for students (under the age of 18). Students will be challenged to make their own marine-based films (< 5 min) about an environmental topic of their interest. Students will submit their films in December for the “Junior Beneath the Waves Festival”. We will host the film festival competition early in the spring semester to showcase their work. During the spring festival viewers and a panel of judges will vote for their favorite films.  Prizes will be given to the winning films.


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