Australian audiences will be able to immerse themselves in the wonders of the ocean without getting their feet wet this March.

The Ocean Film Festival Australia hits cinemas across the country this March and features 11 of the world’s most captivating ocean-themed short films. 

This festival will light up silver screens in 12 Australian towns and cities, including two Brisbane screenings at The University of Queensland.

Designed to mesmerise and enthral, the Ocean Film Festival Australia showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface. The films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue.

The films feature captivating cinematography, complete with awe-inspiring underwater scenes and fast-paced wave sequences that have been captured from unbelievable vantage points. Mesmerising images of schooling fish, colourful coral gardens and jellyfish blooms are complemented with up-close footage of curious marine creatures such as seals, dolphins, whale sharks and eels.

Heart-stopping shots of surfers riding wild waves and adrenalin-inducing scenes of divers swimming with white sharks will leave audiences on the edges of their seats. Viewers will gasp for breath as they follow world champion free diver Guillaume Néry deep below the surface on his quest to be at one with water.

The films in the Ocean Film Festival encourage viewers to dive head first into ocean culture: audiences are invited to share in Pascale Honore’s joy as she rediscovers surfing (with the help of a roll of duct-tape) years after a car accident left her paralysed; they are lured into the waters off Hawaii as spear-fisher Kimi Werner dances on the line between predator and prey; and the are invited to discover the harsh realities of life for female free-divers in South Korea, as an 82-year-old veteran diver imparts the wisdom she’s gathered during her life at the water’s edge.

Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival Australia is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home.

Brisbane ocean lovers have already dived in to ticket sales for this event, with organisers deciding to add a second screening for Brisbane as interest grows.

Tickets are on sale now for Brisbane sessions, to find out more about the Ocean Film Festival visit the event guide.