The Beneath the Waves Film Festival is in its eighth year! This year we received an incredible number of submissions and are proud to announce a new group of inspiring and engaging films that showcase incredible stories about the biology and ecology of our oceans which will be added to our diverse and growing database.

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. So, whether you’re a student, a first-time filmmaker, or a professional, we want to see your perspective and what you are passionate about. So grab a camera and show us why you love the oceans! What do you want to show the world?

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.