The Blue Ocean film festival is taking place this week in St. Petersburg, running through the weekend. It celebrates the best films about the ocean in 2014.
The festival features 160 finalists, movies such as Gisela Kaufman’s “Shark Girl”, Angela Sun’s “Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch”and John Bowermaster’s “Wild Antarctica 3D." Academy Award winner James Cameron will have a special screening of his film, “James Cameron's Deep Sea Challenge 3D."
On Saturday, the centerpiece BLUE Carpet event will take place at the Mahaffey Theater, where the winners in each category will be announced Saturday night. The contest includes entries from 45 different countries and the judges come from 65 different countries.
This is St. Petersburg's first time hosting the week-long event filled with award-winning films, panel discussions and educational forums.