Oceanic Global Short Film Festival

Oceanic Global's London Hub is hosting a short film festival to highlight young filmmakers creating work in honor of the ocean!

This initiative is spearheaded by London Hub members Carlotta Bianchi and Elizabeth Aisher Crespi with the support of the London Hub.

The Festival

The Oceanic Global Short Film Festival aims to address some of the issues that came to light during the pandemic, ranging from financial uncertainty for freelancers in the creative industries, the demand for educational & environmental online content, as well as the dangerous increase in plastic driven by COVID-19. Inspiring positive behavioral change at all levels is required for us to live in balance with nature. In this digital age, filmmaking is a universal language that can create this bridge.

This project supports emerging filmmakers with an interest in sustainability – providing exposure through Oceanic Global and festival partners platforms and the opportunity to have their films assessed by a team of critically acclaimed directors and producers, Executive Directors of international charities and foundations.

Oceanic Global Short Film Festival partners include EarthX, Ocean Culture Life, Matte Projects, The Klosters Forum, and Convicts

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View press release HERE. As featured in: Screen Shot Magazine.



The festival is accepting films between 3 – 15 minutes in length related to one or more of the below 5 themes.

The Current State of the Ocean

The Beauty of the Ocean

Marine Plastic Pollution

Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean

Human Interaction with the Ocean

*Themes are provided as a source of inspiration, we are supportive of different forms of creative interpretations and representations, as long as they honor the ocean.




*Top Ten Juror Selected Films will be uploaded to Oceanic Global’s Website, IGTV, Facebook, and Youtube. Top 4 films with highest amassed engagement (views, likes, shares, comments, etc.) will be selected as winners of the Oceanic Global Short Film Festival. Top 4 winners will also have the opportunity to receive one-on-one feedback in a mentorship session with select judges (Martha Jeffries, Luke Davies, Sarah Michler, Brett Kincaid).


Expert Judges

Shari Sant Plummer (Award-Winning Producer; President & Founder, Code Blue Charitable Foundation)

Jennifer Hile (Emmy Award-Nominated Director; Head of Production, OceanX)

Martha Jeffries (Award-Winning Director & Producer)

Luke Davies (Award-Winning Director)

Jenny Nichols (Award-Winning Filmmaker)

Jake Witzenfeld (Award-Winning Director, Producer & Writer)

Line Hadsbjerg (Award-Winning Director & Producer; Co-Founder, Cleanwave)

Brett Kincaid (Emmy Award-Winning Director & Producer; Co-Founder, Matte Projects)

Maximilian Guen (Founder & Executive Director, Magna Carta; UNICEF USA)

Preston Thompson (Director & Screenwriter)

Barron Hanson (Co-Founder & General Manager, Convicts)





General Terms & Guidelines for Submissions:  

* The submission deadline is September 13, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT.

* Artists from around the world are invited to submit their original work to the OCEANIC GLOBAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, Artwork of all genres relating to the 5 themes will be considered.

* Submissions must be in English or with English subtitles and between 3 – 15 minutes long.

* The production can take place at any time. A premiere status is not necessary. 

* We request that submissions are submitted solely via the above form. Only one entry per individual is allowed.

* Please ensure your videos are hosted online via a shareable link such as vimeo or youtube – we will not review any DVDs or physical recordings.

* If your art is selected, then you will be asked to provide stills or clips; press materials; headshot and filmography of artist; and video trailer (if available). Please do not send in press materials until asked to do so by the festival.

* You must be the Director, Lead Producer, or a core team member of the film to submit it to the festival.

* All artwork submitted must be free from any legal disputes and the artist must have cleared all rights for music and exhibition. Any disputes that arise are solely the responsibility of the artist and not Oceanic Global.



I acknowledge and agree that to the best of my knowledge, I am duly authorized to submit this film to the Oceanic Global Short Film Festival and to grant permissions related to its use and distribution.

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If this film is accepted into the Oceanic Global Short Film Festival 2020, I grant Oceanic Global the non-exclusive right to right to show, distribute and market my film in its entirety as Oceanic Global sees fit, including but not limited to packaging and inclusion on Oceanic Global’s website, social media platforms, and YouTube channel. Exceptions and requests to opt out will be granted only by written request and must be made prior to acceptance into festival or when film obtains other distribution that would prohibit any aspect of this.

Oceanic Global does not take any copyright or ownership of my film.

Submitting a film to the Oceanic Global Short Film Festival constitutes an agreement by and between the filmmaker/representative, and/or applicable Parent/Guardian of a minor aged Filmmaker, and Oceanic Global. By submitting, I agree to all of these rules, terms and conditions. I acknowledge that no submission fee refunds are given once this application has been submitted. I also acknowledge that I will not receive any compensation for the use of my film by Oceanic Global in accordance with the rules, terms and conditions.

I understand and acknowledge that, if I am under 18 years of age, my parent or guardian must agree to the terms of this Filmmaker/Guardian/Representative Release on my behalf. As a Parent or Guardian of a minor filmmaker if applicable, I understand and acknowledge that I am agreeing to the terms of this Filmmaker/Guardian/Representative Release on behalf of my child or a child for whom I am a legally designated Guardian.