World Whale Film Festival

The 2nd Annual World Whale Film Festival promotes 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 took place on Friday, February 16 from 6-9pm at the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel. Admission was FREE of charge.

Feature film BLUE is a documentary charting the drastic decline in the health of our oceans. With more than half of all marine life lost and the expansion of the industrialization of the seas, the film sets out the challenges we are facing and the opportunities for positive change. 

Filmed on location in Australia, Hawaii, the South Pacific, the Philippines and Indonesia BLUE changes the way we think about our liquid world and inspires the audience to action.

Short films included:

Souls of the Vermilion Sea


The Islands and the Whales


Plastic Ocean


Secret Whales


Migration Towards Prosperity




Enter your film in the 2019 World Whale Film Festival

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. 

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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.