The inaugural Blue Water Film Festival will celebrate World Ocean Day, June 8th, on the prestigious Martha’s Vineyard at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center.

The theme of the Blue Water Film Festival is about our “Blue Planet”; the festival’s purpose is to encourage attendees to think broadly (about how climate change affects planet Earth) and deeply (about the universal concerns and actions needed to bring us into balance). About 50% of all film selections are non-US productions, helping to fulfill the festival mission of promoting cross-cultural understanding through film.

The Blue Water Film Festival is an opportunity to celebrate the United Nations World Ocean Day and to bring attention to our beautiful blue planet. Come and join us on June 8th World Ocean Day.

THE FILMS: The 2020 Blue Water Film Festival will present a selection of films from around the globe by both US and International filmmakers. Films will be curated from leading environmental film festivals around the globe, with a few surprises thrown in.

CONVERSATIONS: Social Impact is just the beginning. Making our festival unique we’ll bring guests from film, media, politics, and art worlds to celebrate, discuss and debate the films’ issues surrounding our blue planet and what’s at stake.

THE ISLAND EXPERIENCE: Although most of the festival will take place in the village of Vineyard Haven, there will be plenty of opportunities to explore our other Island towns and natural beauty. Martha’s Vineyard is the perfect location for our single-day festival, with its amazing beaches, sunsets, spectacular chefs, unique shops, and a highly influential community.

Short Film Competition – 10 films will be selected from worldwide entries and screened at 2020 Blue Water Film Festival film showcase. Jury members will select a winning film for the jury prize.

(TBA) and presentation at the Finalist Showcase program on Monday, June 8th.

Free Nikon camera for Winning Best Film — jury competition


Short Film Jury Competition – 10 films will be selected from the festival’s worldwide entries and screened in the 2020 Blue Water Film Festival short film showcase. Jury members will select the winning film for a free Nikon Camera and presentation at the Film Finalist showcase.

We accept either fiction or non-fiction, animated, feature, or documentary films. Our festival’s programming is a social impact festival exploring sustainability, climate change, with a particular focus on the ocean and water — so please keep that in mind before submitting.

Eligible if your feature film was completed after September 15, 2019 
English language, or with English subtitles 
40 minutes or more in length (firm)

Your film must not be in breach of any copyright, including music or sound contained in your entry

An announcement of selected films for competition showcase will be made by 10 May 2020



The Festival: Check back in May 2020 for our Program.