The goal of the Oceans Film festival is to educate and inspire individuals about ocean and coastal issues that are ongoing in the world around us and to promote responsible ocean governance and the stewardship and sustainable use of coastal and ocean resources in Canada.
The origin of the Halifax Oceans Film Festival was serendipitous. A Course Director of the annual Ocean Governance Training Program, organized by the International Ocean Institute at Dalhousie University, had for a long period of time extolled the virtues of a film festival to further one of IOI-Canada’s goals, namely, raising the level of the public’s understanding of the oceans. In 2010 this oft repeated mantra fortuitously coincided with the 30th anniversary of the Training Program and the presence of an Intern at IOI-Canada who was particularly interested in “film”. The rest, as they say, is history. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Natural History Museum partnered IOI-Canada in the first year. In subsequent years the partner organizations have increased in number to include the Ecology Action Centre, Coastal CURA, the Marine Affairs Program (Dalhousie University), the World Wildlife Fund and the Canadian Wildlife Federation. We anticipate an exciting future.