Blue On Tour Ocean Film Festival

The Oregon Coast Aquarium will showcase a collection of award-winning films during the Blue on Tour Ocean Film Festival.

Friday, August 1st, 6:30pm - 8:30pm at the Oregon Coast Aquarium
Saturday, August 2nd, 9:30am - 5:30pm at the Newport Performing Arts Center
Ticket required for admission.

Program Description

The Aquarium organized the festival in partnership with Westwind Stewardship Group (WSG) in hopes that viewers will, in the words of Aquarium President/CEO Carrie Lewis, “Walk away feeling renewed, optimistic and connected to the ocean.”

The Festival’s compilation of cinematography, discussion panels and lectures are designed to change the way guests think about their relationship with the ocean.

The event will be followed by a beach clean-up effort hosted by the Newport Chapter of the SurfRider Foundation on Sunday, August 3 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. People interested in participating should meet at the Moolack Beach Parking Area with water to stay hydrated, reusable gloves and sturdy footwear. Surfrider will provide participants with refreshments, information and bags to use for the clean-up.

Admission for the entire festival is $25. Tickets are available online here or by calling (541) 867-3474 x5401 between 9:00a.m. and 6:00p.m.

Program Timeline:

Friday - Evening - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Appetizers and refreshments prepared by FishPeople Seafood
  • Introduction to films
  • Viewing of Oregon Coast Aquarium facility

Saturday - Full Day
- 9:30am - 5:30pm
  • Films
  • Lunch
  • Films
  • Discussion Panel
  • Films
  • Door Prizes

Sunday - Morning
  • Beach Clean-up

Registration Information:

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available online here or by calling (541) 867-3474 x5401 between 9:00a.m. and 6:00p.m.  You may also purchase tickets at the Oregon Coast Aquarium admissions desk during regular business hours.

About The Films

Sushi the Global Catch” – Trace the origins of sushi in Japan to its status today as a cuisine that has spawned a lucrative worldwide industry. The explosive demand for sushi has brought with it problems, as fish stocks have steadily depleted, sushi threatens the balance of the ocean’s ecosystems. Blue Ocean Film Festival finalist: ISSUES

Red Gold” – Documenting the growing unrest among native, commercial and sport fishermen, Red Gold is a portrait of a unique way of life that won’t survive if the salmon don’t return with Bristol Bay’s tide. Blue Ocean Film Festival winner Land-Sea Connection Award. Also has eleven other awards from festivals around the world including the Culture Award from the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival.

Andrea, Queen of Mantas” – tells the remarkable story of thirty-year-old Andrea Marshall who gave up everything for a life in Mozambique observing the largest popuation of manta rays in the world. From dramatic feeding frenzies, remarkable courtship behavior to the discovery of a giant new species, Andrea’s findings are set to rock the world of marine biology.

Oceans at the Tipping Point” – The Ocean Health Index provides data on ocean health and a way to measure its progress. Scientists work to develop a baseline of data, honing in on ten ways humans use the ocean. Blue Ocean Film Festival finalist: INNOVATION MARINE EARTH SCIENCES

Shark Riddle” – A co-production between Sisbro Studios and The Save Our Seas Foundation, was announced as a finalist for Best Children’s Program at the BLUE Ocean Film Festival. Winner of Best Children's Film Worldwide, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. winner of Best Children's Film, Worldwide, International Wildlife Film Festival

The Majestic Plastic Bag” – A Heal The Bay Production, an exploration into the life cycle of an illustrious creature, this short film follows the plastic bag on a mighty journey to its home, the Pacific Ocean.

The Krill Is Gone” – by Deep Green Films (Children’s Programming); this animated short features ocean creatures who tell us why burning fossil fuels impacts their – and our - fragile underwater ecosystems. Blue Ocean Film Festival winner Best Children’s Programming.
A Beach Project” – A poetic and lighthearted approach to the story of our littered beaches. In seven hours, trash was collected in Palm Beach, Florida and Tulum, Mexico. The sea of trash is coupled with pleasant imagery and rhyming narration. Blue Ocean Film Festival finalist: PSA