Film Screening in Your Community



For this community challenge, you will organize an ocean-themed film screening in your community followed by a discussion with relevant experts.

We are lucky to have had a number of incredible ocean themed documentaries produced in the past few years. These movies can teach us, inspire us and challenge us to take action for our oceans.  And they're effective! After watching Blue Planet II, director general of the BBC, Tony Hall, announced that the BBC will be banning single-use plastics by 2020. You can help share these stories!      


Here is what you need to do:

In order to show a public film screening, you need to have the screening rights. Ocean Wise has paid the screening costs for Into the Gyre and Sonic Sea through the Ocean Matters Film Forum. You can easily get screening rights to show Albatross.


  1. Decide on a movie: 

 Into the Gyre

Sonic Sea 


2. Decide on a date, time and location to screen the movie. Try to book the location at least two months in advance. The room must have a screen or projector and be large enough for at least 50 people. For the discussion, ensure you have WIFI access (if experts are conference calling) and a microphone.


3a. Fill out this form to connect with Ruth Sharpe, Ocean Wise's Public Programs Manager. Ruth will send you the movie link and will help you find one or two experts to speak after the movie either via video conference or in-person. 

3b. Ensure you have a discussion moderator (this could be you!). Come up with a couple seed questions to ask your guest speakers. After this, you can take questions from the audience.


3c. Contact the Albatross film makers at [email protected] They will send you a link to the movie. NOTE: Your event must be free (donations ok) to show this film.

4. Set up a webpage so people can register for the event, such as EventBrite.

5. Use the Communications Plan Template to develop a communications strategy. Contact the Ocean Bridge Communication Coordinator to connect you with local media outlets.

    6. Market your event! Invite friends, family and members of the community to attend. Spread the word through social media, and community meetings, or in person. Be sure to mention adult content if applicable ( Albatross is recommended for age 12 and above)


      1. Ensure all your technical equipment is working
      2. Welcome attendees, say a Territorial Acknowledgement, introduce yourself/Ocean Bridge and introduce the movie
      3. Watch the movie. If applicable, facilitate the follow-up discussion with ocean experts (For an in depth look on how to host a panel discussion, see the How to Host a Panel Discussion Challenge)
      4. Be active on social media using our hashtags #OceanBridge #LeadersToday and tag @OceanWise @leaderstoday and @SocDevSoc on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.


      1. Share your experience! Tag your service on our Ocean Service Activities map. Take photos and share them on our community space gallery, write a blog or post about the your experience on the discussion board.

      Ready to take it to the next level?

      Host a film screening in conjunction with with a panel discussionshoreline cleanup or other community event

      Want to do something a little simpler?

      Host a film screening and discussion with your family and friends

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