Film Festival celebrates marine life

The sixth annual Cayman Islands International Film Festival will take place on 30 January at the Harquail Theatre.

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Show off your underwater photography skills by submitting your work into the underwater photography competition.
Photo: Alex Mustard

The festival will come on the heels of the annual Induction Ceremony for the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, which will be held at Pedro St. James on 29 January. Beginning at 6pm with a cocktail reception, the festival will also feature a silent auction and a photography competition.

‘We expect a really good turn out, as usual, because the space can hold up to 300 people,’ said Trina Christian, executive director of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association.

‘It draws a really great cross-section of people in the watersports industry and people in the general community.’

The silent auction, which will take place before the festival’s commencement and during the intermission, is being held in support of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association’s marine conservation efforts.

Items to be auctioned include a variety of artwork and certificates.

Meanwhile, local underwater photographers are encouraged to submit their work to be judged during the festival by the attending scuba celebrities.

‘We’d like to see this competition a new addition that we continue each year,’ said Ms Christian.

‘We’ve already had some submissions and there’s some great hidden talent on this island.’

The list of presenters at the festival will include: Howard Rosenstein, whose scuba diving experience embraced intensive exploration of the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean Atolls; Geri Murphy, the world’s most published female underwater photo journalist; Casey Smith, the son of Larry Smith, who was named the World’s Greatest Divemaster; and Dr. Alexander Mustard, a prestigious marine biologist turned celebrated underwater photographer.

Pre-purchased tickets for the festival are CI$20 for adults and $15 for children under 12. Tickets at the door will be $25.

Contact CITA at 949-8522 for more information on the festival and photography competition or to purchase tickets.

Those wishing to attend the Induction Ceremony to the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame should contact the Ministry of Tourism at 244-1301 or [email protected] to purchase tickets for $50.

A package for both events is available for $65 per person.

The Best of Cayman Underwater photo competition will consist of two categories: photographs with strong eye contact, and photographs with no eye contact.

A maximum of five entries is allowed for each applicant.

To enter, the applicant must submit his or her photos in jpeg format to [email protected] on or before 23 January.

All photographs must have been taken in the Cayman Islands and be labelled according to the following format: photographer’s first name initial, photographer’s surname, IEC for images with eye contact or NEC for images with no eye contact, followed by the number of the image.

E.g. If Joe Diver wants to submit an image with strong eye contact, he labels it: JDiverIEC1.jpg.