Live From Antibes: World Festival of Underwater Images
By Jason Heller, October 30, 2008 @ 03:00 AM (EST)
Welcome to our 2008 coverage of he 35th World Festival of Underwater Images, commonly referred tio simply as the "Antibes Festival". Hit by heavy rain storms, Antibes–Juan-les-Pins was awaiting the opening ceremonyof the annual prestegious underwater photo & film festival.
We will continue to update our coverage each day live from the French Riviera. You can access all of the coverage by checking back on this main page periodically throughout the week. As each day goes live, we will link it below.
After two years the Festival returned to the Palais des Congres, to the heart of Juan-les-Pins. The location is excellent – friendly Cote d’Azure streets and the Mediterranean Sea make up the surroundings of the Festival – about the underwater world – adjacent to the underwater world.
Featuring 89 films, and a much larger number of still images, and photo montages, the Antibes Festival is considered the world's capital of underwater images. With an impetus of film created by professional film makers and independent film makers the world over, the organizers have created a unique event, a not-to-be-missed truly international festival. Almost all the new films about the underwater world start the film festival circuit here – this is a prestigeous beginning to a big festival circle.
After the opening ceremonies, three films opened the festival: Murmures Avec Les Baleines by Eskenazi Henri, Yamato Yukimi, Aledo Pedro and Minassian Levon (Association Whale Whisperes – France); Superfish by Rosenthal Richard (Wild Logic – US) and La Montagne Aux Requins by Möltgen Rolf J. (WDR – Germany).
The films are running in three movie theaters: Sally Merry Ferrer, Salle Spondylia and Salle Spondylus from 9.30 to 22.00. Between the film blocks several special events will take place, including a special presentation from Amos Nachoum on Thursday evening about the world of big animals photography, and the Forum for the Ocean will have a roundtable on Friday morning about the ocean and the climate change.
The still images are displayed in the main building of the Palais, as you may see from this short sequence: you can go mad: there are so many great underwater images from around the world.
Of course, if you are in Antibes and reading this - pay a visit to the DivePhotoGuide booth – you will be warmly welcomed!
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Stephen was born in Hong Kong and studied in N.America. Though with a couple of master's degrees, he has become full time marine photojournalist since 1997. Now worldwide capturing images with wife, Takako Uno. Works have...