The Pacific Whale Foundation, a global non-profit marine conservation organization, presents the 6and Annual World Whale Film Festival to celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8, 2022.
Funding for this event is provided by Hawaii‘i Tourism Authority through the Community Enrichment Fund.
The WWFF kicks off with an in-person event on June 8 at Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery in backcountry Maui with dinner, drinks and a screening of the official selections.
General event tickets are $135 and VIP tickets are $225; both include food, drink, and access to online screenings. The VIP level offers a variety of additional benefits, including a private cruise with WWFF filmmakers aboard a PacWhale Eco-Adventures ship on June 9, a coveted PWF loot bag, raffle opportunities and more. . Moviegoers and environmentalists around the world can also stream the films online at their leisure for just $20 per ticket from June 8-30.
Launched six years ago by the late PWF founder Greg Kaufman and PWF documentary filmmaker Selket Kaufman as a platform for emerging and seasoned filmmakers aligned with the organization’s mission to protect the ocean through science and advocacy and to inspire environmental stewardship, WWFF invokes the power of storytelling to promote awareness of environmental stories around the world.
Since its inception, the festival has stayed true to its roots by emphasizing films that deal with ocean and wildlife conservation, environmental stewardship, indigenous ecological knowledge and other relevant themes. that raise awareness of the major threats that affect nature and humanity.
Over the years, WWFF has earned a reputation for excellence among nature and conservation-themed festivals around the world.
At WWFF 2020, weeks before the global pandemic was to end life, Kaufman debuted the PWF biopic A voice for the whales — a labor of love honoring Greg’s legacy and his life’s work — where he received not one but two standing ovations. The documentary went on to win the prestigious Excellence Award in the Best Short Film Competition and was recognized as an Official Selection of the 2020 Made in Hawaii Film Festival, Toronto Documentary Short Film Festival and others.
In 2021, the pandemic catalyzed WWFF organizers to augment the in-person event with an online component. This necessary shift has provided an even greater opportunity for growth as the definition of community has broadened to include audiences around the world who support PWF’s mission.
The hybrid festival is now fully embraced, this year’s WWFF promises even greater impact with the premiere of PWF filmmaker Kaufman’s most recent work, the documentary Ocean Guardians. Hot on the heels of the success of A Voice for Whales, Ocean Guardians is the first in a series designed to tell the full story of PWF while examining major threats to marine life.
The 20-minute film documents the journey of humpback whales as they migrate between Alaska and Hawai’i and PWF’s efforts to save them from extinction. In the face of emerging threats, the organization employs research, education and conservation methods in a race against time to restore and maintain the delicate balance between man and marine life. Ocean Guardians will accompany a carefully selected slate of films that align with the organization’s mission and inspire action for a brighter, bluer future.
For more information on the World Whale Film Festival or to purchase tickets for the event in person or online, visit www.pacificwhale.org/filmfest/