Hello, ocean lovers! After kicking off on the 21st of this March in Germany, the 2015 International Ocean Film Tour keeps going: it will be on in Germany and Northern Europe until late in May while reaching Switzerland, Austria, Italy and France at the same time. This year’s edition perpetuates the previous edition’s basic idea, i.e. it brings together for the public a roughly three-hour show featuring a handful of award-winning, much admired movies from 2014 dealing with the sea and the activities that pertain to it. This selection of six documentaries and short films are already acclaimed by professionals and specialized audiences for their uniqueness and beauty: you might want to have a go and discover them!

Once again this year, organizers won’t miss the opportunity to remind the public that we can’t enjoy the ocean for long without protecting it: that is why Surfrider Foundation Europe will be taking part in Ocean Film Tour screenings along with other partners, through stalls and activities. Following recent developments, for example in France and the Netherlands, one of the main themes addressed will be the threat posed to the oceans by plastic bags, with the Ban the Bag campaign. Thus volunteers from local Surfrider chapters (six of them this year : North Germany, Vienna, Gothenburg, Holland, Paris andGironde) will be attending many stops on the tour, carrying out general awareness-raising and thematic activities. They will also be glad to answer your questions and tell you about Surfrider and how you can take action for the ocean everyday : go check them out !