The Pacific Whale Foundation has a straightforward mission: “to protect the ocean through science and advocacy, and to inspire environmental stewardship.” So, with that in mind, it’s no surprise that on June 8, World Ocean Day, the Foundation will be celebrating by presenting the Sixth Annual World Whale Film Festival on Maui.
World Ocean Day is designated as a time to take some form of action to protect our shared oceans and climate. And that’s exactly what the World Whale Film Festival is all about. The festival is a collection of films created by visual storytellers from around the world. The one thing these filmmakers and their creations have in common is a powerful connection to the ocean with an emphasis on wildlife conservation and environmental stewardship.
This year’s festival can be experienced three ways. First, there is general admission to the in-person event on June 8 at Ocean Vodka Organic Farm & Distillery in Kula. You bring your own lawn chair and they provide the food and drinks to enjoy during the films.
There is also a VIP package available for June 8 and 9. On the day of the Festival, you get all the same food, drink and films, but as a VIP, they provide your seating, a swag bag and a shot at a raffle. And on June 9, VIPs will take a two-hour cocktail cruise out of Ma’alaea Harbor with the filmmakers. Cruise includes pupu, drinks and hopefully plans for saving the oceans.
The final way to enjoy this year’s film festival is to purchase an online-only package. This gives access to all the films delivered to your favorite device from June 8 to June 30. Those purchasing General or VIP packages will also get online access for the same 23-day period.
For more information on the World Whale Film Festival or to purchase tickets go to pacificwhale.org/filmfest