At the Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films, we are dedicated to protecting our environment for the next generations by raising interest and awareness of the ocean not only as a place for positive recreation, but also as a place of sustainable and responsible commerce, and a wilderness to be respected.

As the host of the festival, the net proceeds will be used to assist our mission to protect and restore the marine environment and promote the sustainability of the Georgia Strait, its adjoining waters, and communities.

At the Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films, we are dedicated to the issues, personalities and the sports of our oceans. Our goal is to present a broad-based experience that will raise awareness of our relationship with the ocean while leaving our audience both educated and excited.

Net proceeds from the festival will continue to assist Georgia Strait Alliance in its mission to protect and restore the marine environment and promote the sustainability of the Georgia Strait, its adjoining water and communities.

The VFOF 2019 Program:

Raven People Rising (30min)

Raven People Rising is a film chronicling the efforts of Indigenous people to chart a sustainable and just course through the troubled waters of the Great Bear Sea. In this 30 minute film, set in one of the Earth’s last tracts of intact temperate rainforest, meet elders, youth, and tribal leaders who describe a mixed inheritance: on the one hand, the incredible violence of residential schools and cultural erasure, and on the other, an unbroken lineage of ancestral teachings that powerfully connect people to place.

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Pacific Herring: Little Fish – Big Problem (8min)

Pacific Herring need our help if we are to save the salmon, killer whales and other marine species in the Salish Sea. This film explains why we need to stop the commercial herring roe seine fishery in the last remaining spawning area on the B.C. coast.

Return of the Humpbacks (12min)

The first humpback whale in a century swam into Howe Sound in 2008. Since then humpback visits have increased in the last few years. See one man’s journey of remarkable encounters with three humpback whales. But more than this, the movie is about his own pursuit to know these whales as individuals.

Fish First (20min)

Travel to Dillingham, Alaska, to experience the buzz of 50 million salmon returning to spawn in the most productive fishery in the world, providing us with a powerful springboard for an action-oriented conversation on how to collectively protect wild salmon here in the Salish Sea.

For the Love of Salmon (8min)

Keely Weget-Whitney steps into the frigid and fast-moving waters of the Fraser River with one goal in mind: make people care. Join the 25-year-old member of the Stl’atl’imx First Nation as she embarks on a 60 kilometre swim to bring awareness to the depleting number of wild salmon and its impacts on her culture and the environment.

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Brad Roberts
Brad grew up at the family cottage on Lake Simcoe using both powerboats and sailboats. A veteran journalist with large national daily newspapers, outdoor interest magazines, and syndicated television shows, Brad has entertained and educated readers for over 25 years with his unique family-inclusive perspective. His favorite pastime is teaching others to use their boats to access the freedom and beauty of a Life Afloat. Brad, his wife, and their three daughters have traveled and boated all over North America and the Caribbean, but choose to keep their "floating home" on the fresh waters of Central Ontario.