Kyle Robinson and Justin Archer of Trust Sustainability Films visited Hermanus this past weekend for the inaugural 40 Fathoms Film Festival, in light of World Oceans Day on the 8th of June. The festival brought filmmakers together from around the country and it proved highly beneficial for SST in terms of networking and gathering contacts. A vast array of ocean and conservation related films were shown, including two of our very own, ‘Counting on Crayfish and ‘Life on the Rocks’, both were very well received by the audience. Trust Sustainability films was also commended in the panel discussion on Saturday for educating at grassroots level, which is the type of interaction so desperately needed in South Africa.
Some of the other films screened looked at climate change, sustainable fishing, and sharks with a good balance between Southern African and international films. In attendance were some notable names in nature documentary filmmaking including Eleanor Yeld-Hutchings, Claudio Velasquez, Chris Mason, Lauren De Vos, Steven Benjamin, Colin Attwood and Pierre de Villiers among others.
The festival was very well organised by Meaghen McCord and we look forward to returning again next year.