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August 03, 2011

WiLDCOAST Launched the Blue Ocean Film Festival and Wild Sea Book Tour in Mexico

Blue Ocean Film Festival
People viewing conservation movies in Guerrero, Mexico.

This past spring, WiLDCOAST was in Acapulco to inaugurate the Mexico-wide Blue Ocean Film Festival. 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 coastal and marine ecosystems.

This first stop on the tour was a great success. In Acapulco over 350 people attended and watched beautiful videos about whale sharks, coral reefs, and sea turtles and heard our conservation message.

The event made Televisa’s national news broadcast in Mexico and was reported on by television, radio and print media in the state of 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 environmental conservation to improve their communities and coastline.

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

Then, the first week of April, WiLDCOAST carried out the Blue Ocean Film Festival and the Wild Sea book tour in the Cape Region of Baja California Sur and then in Magdalena Bay, visiting 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. As part of the festival, artist Francisco Merino, presented an amazing piece made entirely from reclaimed trash. The festival was also held in Cabo Pulmo.

WiLDCOAST thanks so many organizations that collaborated to make the festival possible, organization like Vigilantes de Bahia Magdalena (VBM) and Pacific Environmental Group Entrepreneurs between many others.

The festival was also presented in Mexico City at the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Mexico City and at the State Center for the Arts in Ensenada, Baja California.

In total, 25 tour events were attended by over 1,300 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, the International Community Foundation and Code Blue Foundation.