Local talent on display at underwater film festival

Ocean enthusiasts will gather at Camana Bay on Wednesday for the ninth annual underwater film festival.

Short films by local videographers will be played alongside award winning international offerings at the event.

“From Bullets to Bubbles,” a feature on the “emotional and psychological rebirth” of a group of injured soldiers through SCUBA diving, is expected to be one of the highlights.

A montage of short works by local filmmakers including Michael Maes, Tony Mark and Frans de Becker will open the festival.

A biography of fisherman, artist and SCUBA diver Guy Harvey is also part of the lineup, along with “Silver Rush,” a feature by Cayman dive operator Jason Washington.

The festival closes with the documentary “we are water” featuring videography from extreme explorer Jill Heinerth.

The winners of the Underwater Photo Competition will be announced during the intermission. The top three photos in each of five categories will be printed on canvas and displayed at an after party at Abacus.

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association describes the event as a “once-a-year video celebration of the landscape, flora, fauna and experiences to be had under the waves.”

“Every year, the underwater film festival lineup shows a diverse mix of underwater videography, films and documentaries,” the organization said in a statement.

Tickets cost $25 and are available at CITA’s offices and selected dive centers as well as online at www.cita.ky. The evening starts with a lobster lotto at 6:30 p.m.