our audience choice
The top films of our 2019 festival were:
*SDUFEX Board members are ineligible for any cash prizes; these were donated to a charity of their choice.
Audience Favorites 2020
The Manta Listener
Disconnect to reconnect! Our world is dominated by technology and noise. It's easy to get lost sometimes and people struggle more and more to find true happieness. Thiago Mendonca, a passionate diver and divemaster has one very simple advice to find meaning in life. Follow him on his unique journey and let him tell you what it takes to really re-connect with nature.
Riding to Extinction
Since 2012 Nuno Sá uses video as a tool for the promotion of environmental awareness. He has since then worked regularly as a camera operator or director of photography for many of the biggest international television channels such as BBC, National Geographic Channel, NHK-Japan, ORF, ART, ZDF etc… that has allowed him to live extreme experiences in the 5 continents of the world. Such as spending a month in a remote area of the Colombian jungle diving with humpback whales, diving with sharks in the Bahamas, Whale sharks in Kenya, with orcas and humpback whales in the icy waters of Norway, with Southern Right Whales in Argentina or some of the world's most remote Islands such as Malpelo, Selvagens Islands or Desertas Islands. He was part of the team of underwater cinematographers that produced one of the most iconic series about marine life ever produced worldwide, the BBC series - Blue Planet 2, having been awarded in 2018 with a BAFTA award as well as a Panda award for your participation in this series. This short conservation movie was made with the sponsorship of the Lisbon Oceanarium and Oceano Azul Foundation to create marine awareness regarding the huge decline in the worlds largest seahorse population - in the South of Portugal. It was the most watched promotional video on Youtube in Portugal during the month of August 2019.
Evan Sherman is the owner of Seasick Productions, a licensed and insured travel agency that specializes in group tours, international aquatic expeditions and underwater imaging. Based out of Orange County, California, Seasick Productions provides turnkey dive packages and custom adventure itineraries around the world. For some, the sea beckons. At times soft and meek, and at other times, deafening and relentless. The allure of escape, of discovery, of exploration, cannot be ignored. The ocean speaks to those who listen. But what if it was us who initiated the calling?