4th edition of Dunkirk World Sea Film Festival

from May 15 to 17, 2014

at the Pôle Marine

After more than 35 years of expertise in the organization of documentary film festivals, The Guilde draws on its experience to organize a major maritime film event in Dunkirk, with an international dimension.

” It is for us the opportunity to widen the promotion of documentary movies and thus get involved in fields much larger than just the adventure one.  This festival welcomes realizations related to marine ecology and exploration, adventures and water sports, as well as seafaring occupations.

“While the ocean draws increasing attention with actual environmental issues (melting ice, rising water levels, climate refugees, great patches…) it also sheds lights on many human issues affecting our continents (economical, political, cultural…) But there needs to be a better understanding of these major issues involved.

It is true that oceans today are a unique space on our planet, a field in which humankind still has much to learn (fauna and flora, chemistry, geography, geo-biological exchanges…). Therefore, oceans are treasure troves for innovation and discovery fields.

We do hope that the Ecrans de la Mer will allow you a better understanding of this ocean of mystery.” The Guilde

The aim of the festival is to create a film competition with an international dimension. The Festival’s jury is composed of personalities involved in the cinema industry, Seafarer activities, sports and environmental issues. 5 prizes (4 awards are supported by the Dunkirk metropolitan area and 1 award by the Grand Port of Dunkirk) to reward the best documentaries:

  • Jean Bart – Festival Grand Price (cash prize of € 1,800);
  • The best sea-related environmental issues and marine exploration film award (cash prize of € 300 and also sponsored by Ushuaïa TV*);
  • The best film about seafarer activities award (cash prize of € 1,500 by the “Grand Port” of Dunkirk);
  • The best adventures and water sports film award (cash prize of € 300);
  • Youth jury of Dunkirk metropolitan area award (cash prize of € 300).

* Subject to obtain the distribution rights granted by the production of the winning film.

For younger audiences : films specifically produced for young and school audiences will be listed in the programme.

We hope to see you at this great event held in Dunkerque, a city located on the North Sea shores, and at the crossroads of Europe so we can celebrate the ocean in all its myriad forms.


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