Are you an underwater filmmaker?

At the eighth Annual International Underwater Film Festival this November, short films from local talent will be shown. The Cayman Islands Tourism Association says it invites local videographers to submit their entry for consideration by the Underwater Film Festival committee. 

Submissions of the short videos/films will be accepted from 1 July until 1 September. The selected film/films will be announced in October and will be shown at the International Underwater Film Festival on Thursday, November 8, 2012. 

Every year, underwater films are shown to an audience of about 200 attendees. In recent years, many of the films presented have been by inductees to the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame – induction will take place on Wednesday, 7 November – as well as other renowned underwater film makers.  

This year, the association says it would like to add a local flavour to the festival and invites local filmmakers – professional or amateur – to submit entries for the opportunity to screen their short underwater film at this event. 

The Divers Alert Network is teaming up with the association as the presenting sponsor of the 2012 International Underwater Film Festival. Proceeds from this event go toward the tourism association’s marine conservation initiatives and efforts to promote diver safety. 

Guidelines for local underwater short-film submission 

Videographers must be a Cayman resident 

Submissions should be less than 5-minutes  

Films must be of underwater subjects 

Footage should be taken in Cayman 

Submissions will be done online via the Official Entry Form at the Cayman Islands Tourism Association website where the videographer will enter a YouTube link for their submission in the appropriate field on the form 

Submissions are accepted from 1 July until 5pm on 1 September  

The film(s) selected for screening at the eighth Annual International Underwater Film Festival will be chosen not later than 8am on 1 October. 

The selected film/s will receive two complementary tickets to the event, be listed in the programme and the filmmaker will be invited to introduce their film to the audience on the night of the International Underwater Film Festival. 

For more details, call 949-8522. 

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Will you get up close and personal with the locals for your film? – Photo: Submitted