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 Picks 2019
Greenland ICE II - Arctic Ice Diving in 4K
this impressive land and underwater footage was captured during a winter tour at East Greenland. Diving in the freezing cold waters of the arctic ocean is a challenge for the divers, the support team above water and of course the equipment. The ice and weather conditions changed daily. At the beginning we had packice, a few days later the winds brought icebergs. After a week hundreds of icebergs right next each other were stranded in a bay. This was my third trip to Greenland. These trips brought me the most impressive and unfortgetable moments. A big thank you to the tour operator NORTHERN-EXPLORERS.COM for supporting my ideas and dive spot wishes! You are the best! Please share how amazing mother nature is! Shot in 4K on the Panasonic GH5 Music by Tony Anderson, The Way Home, licensed via Musicbed Enjoy! Please Like - Share & Comment! Video Copyright © by Alexander Benedik/globaldivemedia.com For more videos please visit my website globaldivemedia.com #scuba #greenland #arctic
The Magic Shores
The Magic Shores This is the film I made about diving at La Jolla Shores. It was selected for 2019’s San Diego Undersea Film Festival. This is my first submission ever to a film festival. I was super excited for its selection. La Jolla Shores is a special place that intrigued me and changed the course of my life. I am so happy to finally share the story on a big screen. Here is a shout out to those who helped my diving, photography, and film: Nick and Cheryl: I would not have the courage to submit this film to SDUFEX without your encouragement. Nick sacrificed his time and has been giving me critics since day 1. SDUFEX and the fellow board members: thanks for giving me the opportunity. Janet: When I needed a ‘dive buddy’ for the film, Janet sacrificed her time to help. Joon: thanks for the voice over. Although I eventually used my own, I am thankful for your effort. Ed: thank you for teaching me scuba diving. Michella and Howard: who gave me so much inspiration when I sat in Boston Sea Rover’s film festival on a Saturday night in 2005. Kathy: brought me to La Jolla Shores for my first dive on a hot Memorial Day afternoon – I was almost drowned by the big waves, but Kathy patiently dragged me out of water - twice. Power Scuba: where I met so many friends and made so many dives. If you are a newbie and can’t live without diving, this is the place to go. David: introduced me the best camera (in my opinion) to shoot at the shores. Other friends: divers or not, thanks for shared experiences and a passion to nature, ocean, and adventure. My parents: who have been forced to watch the films I shoot. Many who I may forget. If so, remind me and forgive me. The film was ranked #1 by audience among all submissions. Thank you for your support. Sorry I wrote a speech as if I am winning an Oscar. I am super excited but at the same time I am nervous because the next film will be more difficult.
Rolling in the Deep - Episode #14 - Dauin
The 'Rolling in the Deep' series takes us to Dauin Philippines! This beautiful destination has a little bit for everyone. In this episode, we discovers some of the small critters that can be found here. I hope you enjoy the short film. Please comment on what you like, and certainly feel free to share. I hope you enjoy it! All Underwater Video Copyright © Dustin Adamson/Oceanshutter.com. All Rights Reserved Like OceanShutter on Facebook - facebook.com/oceanshutter Subscribe to us on Youtube - youtube.com/channel/UCjY86pGF7j4R_p_UkVHRQuQ See our photography on Instagram - instagram.com/oceanshutter
Behind the Mask
Closest I get – Fallen in love with a Grey Seal
+++ Fallen in love with a Grey Seal +++ There is mighty power in a little girl’s dream … and magic hiding in the cold waters of the north. We filmed this in the rough climate of the UK in a great family-style team effort. Conditions were demanding and most of us not prepared for the 12°C water temperature. A lot of lessons learned and friends made. Special thanks to Greg Lecoeur UW Photography who was leading the way and BERESA for the great support of this adventure. Also a big hug to Macer Racer for the second camera and Warren Bird for keeping the girl warm ... and of course to our little star Mina and her father Sascha Fischer for being just the way they are. --- Idea, Camera, Edit: Florian Fischer Client: Beresa (https://www.beresa.de/) Supported by: Boot Düsseldorf (https://www.boot.de) Nauticam ( http://www.nauticam.com ) OMS (https://omsdive.com/) HECS aquatic ( http://www.hecsaquatic.com ) Keldan Lights ( http://www.keldanlights.com )
The Polar Portal
Despite advances in heated undergarments and SCUBA gear, polar diving still necessitates a pinch of crazy. It’s that cold! Even so, the underwater wildlife within frigid glacial fjords and polar regions far outweigh every numbed toe and icy free-flow. Few can imagine the overwhelming bliss felt diving next to an iceberg, below dive-bombing penguins, or even eye to eye with an Antarctic giant isopod. These exceptional polar inhabitants face a tragic irony: subzero seas are devastatingly warming, faster than any other region on Earth. May this film warm your heart enough to help keep our ocean planet cool. "The Polar Portal", a film by Caitlyn Webster Featuring: James Hyde, Paul North, Ella Potts, and Caitlyn Webster Music by: Eric Wehrmeister, "Crescent Moon" Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers, "Underwater" Videography by: Eric Wehrmeister, James Hyde, Erin McFadden, and Caitlyn Webster Special thanks to: Ernesto Tugbo, Eferen Mauricio, 'Sexy Rexy', Rowell, Shaun Powell, and Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic. Locations: Greenland, Iceland, USA (Alaska), Chile (Patagonia), Canada, Norway (Svalbard), Falkland Islands/ Islas Malvinas, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, and the Western Antarctic Peninsula.