Beneath the Waves is excited to announce our 2017 call for submissions!

Now in it’s eighth year, the success of the Beneath the Waves Film Festival stems primarily from the amazing ocean stories we’ve been able to share. So if you have a story to tell about a marine or aquatic topic, we want to hear from you! Films shown by Beneath the Waves are by anyone and for everyone. Whether you’re a first-time filmmaker or a professional, we want to see the ocean from your perspective!

Our 2017  film submission period opened September 15, 2016 and will run until January 15, 2017. We look for original films with a strong narrative about an ocean topic and are generally less than 10 minutes. For the full details about the film criteria and submission process, please download our call for submissions form below.



All correspondence and questions regarding film submissions can be made by emailing us at

Underwater Videographer

Filmmaker Resources:

Please feel free to download the documents below to help with common questions and issues surrounding submitting a film to a film festival.