Sunscreen Film Fest Teams Up with Winter the Dolphin

Aug 20, 2013, 12:00 ET from Sunscreen Film Festival

Sunscreen partners with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for a Marine Science Film Camp.

TAMPA BAY, Fla., Aug. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kids, dolphins, sea turtles, otters, marine science and movies.  The Sunscreen Film Festival, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Chart 411 are partnering up to bring all these elements together in a 6 week film camp.

The Sunscreen Film Festival will host a documentary film camp over the course of 6 Saturdays starting this October for young filmmakers at the CMA. The camp will focus on marine science issues and film.  Students will learn about topics affecting marine life and ecosystems along the gulf coast region.  The students will create documentaries to share their experiences.

The CMA is of course most well-known for its resident film star Winter the Dolphin.  The subject of the film Dolphin Tale and the upcoming Dolphin Tale 2, Winter has become an internationally recognized symbol for marine life rescue and rehabilitation.  She has also become an inspirational figure for kids and adults alike.

With the CMA as a backdrop for the film camp, students will learn about marine science topics, interact with animals and resources at the aquarium, learn from guest lecturers, and through hands on training, create impactful documentaries using their own talents and visions to bring pressing topics to life.

Additional partner Chart 411 is a non-profit organization supporting issues and events pertaining to the Gulf of Mexico and its adjacent waters. Their mission is to preserve and protect the history, culture, ecology and economy of the Gulf of Mexico.

Sunscreen Executive Director Tony Armer commented, "this was a natural partnership building on our current film camps, film institute and community outreach, it's really exciting stuff for Sunscreen, the CMA, Chart 411 and the community".

CMA Executive Director David Yates had this to say, "I admire what Sunscreen has done over the years and by merging the art of film and marine science the CMA is helping to create even more positive education and outreach for marine issues, as well as providing opportunities for underserved segments of the community".

A reception and public screening of the four short documentaries produced at the camp will be held on December 7th, 2013.  Location TBD.

Sunscreen is one of only 23 festivals sponsored by the AMPAS for 2013.

About The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences:
Founded in 1927 by 36 of the most influential men and women in the motion picture industry at the time, the Academy is an honorary membership organization whose ranks now include more than 6,000 artists and professionals.

About Sunscreen Film Festival:
The Sunscreen Film Festival is a FL 501(c)3 non-profit. The festival's mission is to encourage the creation, production, economic viability and exhibition of film in Florida through its educational programs and public screenings, increasing awareness and support of filmmaking as a cultural and economic asset. For more information,

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