World Whale Film Festival

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The 2nd Annual World Whale Film Festival will promote visual storytellers who are passionate about whales, dolphins and our oceans. Our mission is to tell powerful stories that inspire ocean and wildlife conservation around the world.

This is one of the main events as part of the Maui Whale Festival and will take place on Friday, February 16 at the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel.

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Share your story and be part of the celebration! Last year’s event was a huge success, with 10 feature films and over 200 attendees.

Submit your video, film or multi-media presentation by November 1, 2017.

World Whale Film Festival Guidelines


Filmmakers from around the world of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. We are looking for powerful storytelling about whales, dolphins and other marine life in their natural ocean environment.  

Films should be no longer than 15 minutes in duration.  


Pacific Whale Foundation supports ethical visual storytelling that accurately represents cultures, ecosystems and wildlife. The welfare of all marine wildlife and the environment must be respected and remain undisturbed. Federal, state and regional regulations must be followed and applicable permits must be valid at time of filming for material to be considered. 


Acceptable formats include video, film, multi-media presentations, photography, illustrations and other moving images. You can send digital files in .mov or .mp4 format for entries under 10 minutes in length.

Rights & Permissions:

By entering the World Whale Film Festival, you acknowledge that the content you submit is your own creative work and does not infringing upon the rights of any other person or entity. You will retain copyright of any submitted work and may continue to use it in any manner you choose. You agree that the work may be used for promotional purposes on Pacific Whale Foundation media platforms, including but not limited to websites, social media sites and printed materials. 

Selection Process:

Entries will be considered for selection based on originality, message, technical excellence, artistic merit, and overall impact. The story behind your work may play a part in the selection process, so please include a brief summary about each submission. Final selections will be announced by January 1, 2018. Selected participants will be invited to present their work at the 2nd Annual World Whale Film Festival at on Friday, February 16, 2018.

Send your entries by November 1, 2017 to

Or mail to:

Attn: World Whale Film Festival
Pacific Whale Foundation
300 Ma'alaea Rd, Ste 211
Wailuku, HI 96793


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The 1st Annual World Whale Film Festival premiered Saturday, February 11 at the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel, showcasing multi-media works by local artists and advocates. The standing room only audience was inspired by the amazing stories and passionate presentations. Mahalo to all our participants!

Photography slideshow presented by David Fleetham

“One Voice” by Chris Cilfone

“Tonga with Whales Underwater” by Philip Thurston

“Pachamama” by Karim Iliya

“Surfing Be Cause” by Torsten Durkan

“Ocean” by Nick Wood
“Migration Towards Prosperity” by Selket Guzman

“Arabian Sea Humpback Whales” by Robert Baldwin

“False Killer Whales” by Pacific Whale Foundation’s Research Team


World Whale Film Festival is sponsored by Pacific Whale Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization supported by members, sponsors, supporters and PacWhale Eco-Adventure guests.