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Inaugural Wave Film Festival Announced
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, January 13, 2020 @ 12:00 AM (EST)

New divers and aspiring underwater photographers and cinematographers, there’s an exciting new event to add to your February calendars: Wave Film Fest. The festival, which will be held at Columbia College Chicago—and make use of its high-quality cinema facilities—aims not just to screen the inspiring work of underwater filmmakers, but also provide a platform for enlightning presentations and discussions centered around film, photography, and ocean sustainability. The winners of the DPG/Wetpixel Masters Underwater Imaging Competition will also be showcased at the festival.

Film screenings, panels and breakout sessions are from 10am till 6pm on Saturday, February 29. Admission to the festival is free, while there’s also a fundraising after-party (7–11pm) that has a modest cover fee.

See the press release below for more details.


Start your decade off with something exciting and inspiring. Join us for the inaugural Wave Film Fest. 

Wave Film Fest is a newly created event intended to bring the Midwest community together for a celebration of the world’s waters. The Wave Film Fest will take you below the water in this film festival on February 29 from 10am – 6 pm. The Columbia College Chicago, The Department of Cinema and Television Arts at Columbia College Chicago, and Microcosm Project are sponsoring the event and providing a 260-seat, state-of-the-art theatre and accompanying rooms.

This event is free to the public to attend with no admission fee required for the film festival. The event will be filled with screenings, panel discussions with filmmakers, roundtables with filmmakers, breakout sessions, and a keynote presentation. Conservation and education related informational tables will add additional underwater content. Afterward, a public fundraising party for all attendees will be held to support the festival. The cover fee to the party helps pay for the food, drinks, and festival costs.

Michele Hoffman Trotter, Michael Caplan, Lynn Funkhouser, Jennifer Idol, Alex Rose, and Cheryl Wickstrom created Wave Film Fest and serve as the first advisory board members. This event is created from their experiences as filmmakers, photographers, and educators.

Join us at Columbia College Chicago for a day and evening of collaboration, education, and celebration as we share stories and explore ways to best love and protect our world's aquatic resources. Start a Wave of Change with us and help create a bluer, more sustainable future.

Event Date

Saturday, February 29, 2020


Columbia College of Chicago
Film Row Cinema
1104 South Wabash
Chicago, IL 60605



We’d like to thank Doc Your World, Columbia College Chicago, and their Cinema and Television Arts department.



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