Water's Rising Tides of Change – ONTARIO150 FILM CHALLENGE AWARDS NIGHT

  • Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema 506 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON, M5S 1Y3 Canada

Best Film: Sea of Life
Canadian Premiere | CANADA | 2016 | 85 min
Runner-up: In Season
CANADA | 2016 | 9.5 min
Honourable Mention: Conserving Water in Urban Areas
World Premiere | CANADA | 2016 | 3 min

Emcee: Michael Charbon
Guest Speakers: Julia Barnes (filmmaker) and Sydney Boniface (filmmaker)
Co-presenter: Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival

Best Film: Sea of Life
Canadian Premiere | CANADA | 2016 | 85 min

Filmmaker: Julia Barnes

Who will be the heroes the world needs to save its oceans? Are committed activists and scientists enough?

Winner of the Best Film in the Ontario150 Film Challenge for Emerging Ontario Filmmakers, Sea of Life follows filmmaker Julia Barnes on an underwater adventure to discover the truth about the biggest threats facing the ocean and ultimately ourselves. Inspired by the late Rob Stewart’s film Revolution, the young filmmaker finds herself on an epic journey around the world to save the water ecosystems we depend on for survival, as we come closer to causing “a mass extinction in the oceans.”

Sea of Life leads audiences through the beautiful world of coral reefs into the heart of the environmental movement, meeting passionate scientists, activists and explorers, who reveal an opportunity rise in the face of this challenge, to become the heroes the world needs.

In Season
CANADA | 2016 | 9.5 min

Filmmaker: Sydney Boniface

In this Runner-up in the Ontario 150 Film Challenge for Emerging Ontario Filmmakers, surfers along Lake Ontario face freezing temperatures during Toronto winters, pursuing the sport with a passion that knows no seasons. This obscure, tightly knit community of surfers thrives on a nomadic lifestyle, chasing waves and getting stoked.

Conserving Water in Urban Areas
World Premiere | CANADA | 2016 | 3 min

Filmmaker: Brent & Tammy Foster, Foster Visuals

This Honourable Mention in the Ontario 150 Film Challenge for Ontario Filmmakers about Ontario Waterways (Certificate) examines an Urban Green Infrastructure Project at the Lower Thames Conservation Authority office, in Chatham, Ontario, designed to collect, filter and slowly release roof and parking lot runoff water.