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.