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May 04, 2011

Final Results of the Blue Ocean Film Festival in Southern Mexico.

Inspires Ocean Enthusiasts in Mexico

On March 15th, WiLDCOAST launched the Blue Ocean Film Festival in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero. This first stop on the tour was a great success. In Acapulco over 350 people atended and wattched beautiful videos about whale sharks, coral reefs, and sea turtles and heard our conservation message.

The film festival and book tour had a threefold objective:  to entertain, educate, and to inspire people of all ages to take action to protect and conserve our fragile ocean ecosystems and its inhabitants. 

The event made Televisa’s national news broadcast in Mexico and was reported on by television, radio and print media in Guerrero. Throughout the week as we toured the Guerrero coastline and made tour stops in Zihuatanejo, Troncones and Saladita, we consistently heard that people wanted to be involved in enviromental conservation to improve the communities and coastline.

Longtime WiLDCOAST supporters Cat Slatinsky and Kristy Murphy of Siren Surf Adventures were our hosts in the picturesque surfing communities of Troncones and Saladita 

Then, the first week of April, WiLDCOAST launched the Blue Ocean Film Festival and the Wild Sea book tour in the Cape Region of Baja California Sur with stops in Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo,  La Paz, Cabo Pulmo, Todos Santos, Los Barriles, Zacatitos, Vinorama.

We held additional events in Magdalena Bay and visited the fishing villages of Puerto San Carlos and Puerto Adolfo Lopez Mateos.

In Los Cabos, with the amazing support of Graciela Tiburcio Pintos, Program Coordinator of Sea Turtle Protection of the City of Los Cabos, and Cinemex, we organized a morning screening of the festival, where around 300 students from various elementary and junior high schools attended.  

In La Paz, gallery owner Lucia Frausto allowed us to screen the films at her “Galerias Galerias,” a beautiful space renovated with recycled materials that show respect for nature, creativity, and the love of the arts and the community. Ms. Frausto also sponsored a very delicious buffet for all the attendees, courtesy of Café Corazon. 

As part of the festival, Francisco Merino, an artist of the region, presented a beautiful sculpture called "The aura of Baja California." This amazing piece made entirely from reclaimed trash towered over six feet high and became an instant conversation starter on the garbage generated in the peninsula and the threat it poses. 

In Cabo Pulmo, the film festival was held for three days as part of the environmental education activities during the town’s Easter celebrations. About 200 people attended the festival to watch ocean related movies in the back of the restaurant “La Palapa.”

In Bahia Magdalena, WiLDCOAST in collaboration with the organization Vigilantes de Bahia Magdalena (VBM) and Pacific Environmental Group Entrepreneurs (or Grupo Ambientalista Emprendedores del Pacifico) took the festival to CETMAR of San Carlos and Puerto Adolfo Lopez Mateos.

The festival was presented in Mexico City on Monday May 2 at the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Mexico City and in June it will be presented at the State Center for the Arts in Ensenada, Baja California.

In total, 21 tour events were attended by over 1,000 people attended the various events and were delighted with the films and the inspirational stories of Serge Dedina and his years of experience fighting to preserve the Baja California Peninsula.

Special thanks for all the support of our host and partners, especially the Blue Ocean Film Festival, International Community Foundation and Code Blue Foundation.

Unfortunately, unsustainable mega-tourism projects now threaten coastal wildlife habitats  throughout Mexico including the coral reef of Cabo Pulmo.

WiLDCOAST has been on the front lines of the battle to preserve Cabo Pulmo, but there is much, much more to do. Take Action!

We need your help to save Cabo Pulmo. Please give generously and help save this magnificent coral reef.