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Best Emerging Filmmaker

 Every two years ocean leaders, filmmakers, photographers, scientists, explorers, entertainment executives – and the general public– gather in Tampa Bay/ St. Petersburg, FL at BLUE to honor the best in ocean filmmaking, to learn more about the issues facing our oceans, and to collaborate on improving the future of our oceans and humanity. 

In 2016 "A Fish Full of Dollars" was the winner of the Best Emerging Filmmaker category, competing against a number of first-class filmmakers from around the world, including Renee Godfrey of the BBC, Skyler Thomas from White Shark Video, David E. Shaw of Black Point Group (winner of the Making Waves Award in 2016), Diving with Heroes, Snappa Films and Freedom Media.

WCFF Laurel 2017
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Official Selection

The mission of WCFF is to inform, engage and inspire audiences about the need for and importance of the protection of global biodiversity.

They do this through an annual film festival and biodiversity conference in New York and through educational outreach programs on college campuses.  They also host events such as free screenings, networking events, and presentations.

People that attend and participate in these events are international wildlife conservationists, filmmakers, photographers, scientists and people across the globe that work toward the preservation of global biodiversity.

"A Fish Full of Dollars" was selected for this film festival two years running, in 2016 and 2017.  In 2017 it screened at both the New York and Los Angeles events.

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Official Selection

Ekotopfilm is the world’s oldest festival of documentary films about the environment and sustainability in the world. It runs all year long throughout the whole Czech Republic.

Its first year in the Czech Republic kicked off in 2016 but the festival history dates back to 1974 when it took place for the first time in former Czechoslovakia. From then on it has been running in Slovakia where it celebrated in 2016 its 43rd year.

The festival brings together the best world’s documentary films. The first Czech year presented 81 films from 23 countries and 6 continents. This was the first film festival which selected and screened "A Fish Full of Dollars in 2016.

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Best of Show Spring 2017

Docs Without Borders Film Festival (DWBFF) is a festival dedicated to documentaries and docu-dramas only.  "A Fish Full of Dollars" won Best of Show in the Spring 2017 Competition in the Environmental/Marine, Feature Film category for its Cinematography, Editing, Direction, Viewer Impact, Content/Message Delivery and Narrational Talent (Samuel Mason).

Soulwater Productions is proud to be ranked alongside films such as "Building Hope: The Maggie's Centres" from BBC Studios, "The Brainwashing of My Dad" produced by Matthew Modine, "The Sea and Me" by Jane Shirley, IMG Pictures' "Randy Castillo: The Life, Blood and Rythm", "The Sultan and the Saint" from Unity Productions Foundation, "Vamizi: Cradle of Coral" by Mattias Klum and many other high-quality productions.

Best Nature-Environmental Documentary
Best Nature/ Environmental Documentary

The Canadian Diversity film festival is a premiere festival to celebrate the moments and experiences of different ethnicities and their stories captured behind the lens, and detailed through the eye of a filmmaker. The aim is to bring diverse communities together to embrace our differences and discover our shared experiences. It is a focus oriented festival through which filmmakers promote, challenge and develop an understanding of equality, social justice, non-discrimination, diversity and multiculturalism.

"A Fish Full of Dollars" was honoured to win the Best Nature/Environmental Documentary in the November 2016 Session.

Ekofilm laurels 2016
Official Selection

EKOFILM is an international film festival about the environment. It’s the oldest film festival on environmental issues in Europe.

EKOFILM was established in 1974 when it broke away from the Techfilm Festival, where a strong section of documentaries on the environment helped create an independent festival. The first EKOFILM festival was held in Ostrava, then Český Krumlov, and this year, for the first time, it moves to the birthplace of most major Czech environmental activities - Brno.

Above all, the festival presents independent documentaries on the problems and global issues of environmental protection. It attracts positive and like-minded personalities that have given the festival its unique and specific atmosphere.

Quality films in the EKOFILM competition and non-competition section are an important source of the latest information on the state of nature and the environment in various countries for a wide range of viewers, and in many cases provide details on the solution of major environmental cases. In 2016 EKOFILM selected and screened "A Fish Full of Dollars", yet another auspicious laurel to add to it's growing collection.

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Official Selection

The annual non-profit Bali International Film Festival (est 2007), is recognised for the diversity of its programming consisting of Indonesian and international independent and award-winning documentary, feature and short films.  Balinale continues to expand and further develop new cultural programs and experienced through storytelling, art & film and is known for its specialized knowledge and importance in promoting Indonesian cinema.

 

"A Fish Full of Dollars" was selected to screen at Balinale in 2017. It was the first time it had been included in an Indonesian film festival,  and the first time screened with Indonesian subtitles at an international film festival.  This is a huge step in building awareness about shark fishing in Indonesia from within the country itself and the film received a lot of interest from both expats and Indonesians alike.

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Finalist

The Los Angeles CineFest is an online and live international event. Each month Los Angeles film industry specialists announce semi-finalists, finalists and winners.

They show work online with submitter approval only. Once a year they watch and read all submissions again. They screen selected work at the live event in Los Angeles, and announce script, photography, score and poster winners as well.

In 2016 "A Fish Full of Dollars" was selected as a Semi-Finalist and screened in the festival.

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Official Selection

The Auckland International Film Festival is more than just a Film Festival; it is a strong connection among all film-makers around the world who will be experiencing the upcoming long or short feature films as the future of Film Industry. The festival is committed to bringing the audience the best quality films that were meant to be experienced: on the big screen, with the people who made them. AIFF strives to be a year-round festival where a team of experts from the Film Industry believes in art as the best lens that captures through an eye of creative genius. Their contribution is to provide brave and talented independent filmmakers based in anywhere in the world with the realm of exposure, opportunity, and distribution. For those who demonstrate mastery in the craft of film making, we salute them and provide various opportunities that will help them to continue their work.

The objective of the Film Festival is to provide support independent film-makers through reviewing, judging, marketing, and distribution networking, and trying to overcome any other obstacles which potentially hinder the artist’s ability to create. "A Fish Full of Dollars" was honoured to be selected for the Spring 2016 event.

ADEX
Official Selection
ADEX China
Official Selection

Boasting a history of 21 years, ADEX has been, and is still, the biggest and longest-­running dive expo in Asia. It is one of the industry’s “must-­attend” events. From across the globe, it brings together distinguished VIPs and speakers, business owners, dive operators, enthusiasts, marine conservationists, and everybody with a passion for the underwater world.

ADEX continues to attract strong crowds of trade exhibitors and industry icons, drawing enthusiasts who want to meet and mingle with the professionals, and learn about the latest gear, the best dive trips, and the work of the industry’s most creative people.

In 2017, both ADEX Singapore and Shenzhen screened "A Fish Full of Dollars" at their film festivals, and in Shenzhen it screened with Chinese subtitles for the first time.

ADEX Shenzhen 2017 called on their visitors to sign a pledge against the consumption of sharks. They hoped to have a record-breaking number of Chinese people – gathered from all over the world – make this commitment (10,000+). In doing so, they are sending a message against the foul practice of eating sharks: "We will spread awareness about shark conservation and their dwindling numbers: And we will help prompt real change among the Chinese."

 

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Official Selection - Multiple Films
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Fremantle Underwater Film Festival: Auckland

FUFF screens short underwater themed films by great amateur and professional producers. These films show off the diversity and wonders of our blue planet.

In 2016 the festival was held internationally in its 2nd year in Fremantle, Western Australia; Auckland and Raglan, New Zealand; and Amed, Sanur and Tejakula, Indonesia.

The festival aims to raise awareness for critically endangered Maui Dolphins and the importance of people power for creating positive change for our Underwater World. FUFF also aims to raise funds for a Maui Dolphin Conservation Fund to enact effective means addressing some of the key issues facing Maui Dolphins' and all other marine life: Overfishing, Pollution, Dead Zones, Coral Depletion, Acidification. It also provides education about the importance of Marine Biodiversity Conservation and the precious nature of our Underwater World by using the talents of the vast ocean of film-makers within our global community.

In 2016 Soulwater Productions contributed three short films to FUFF: "The Definition of Inspiration", "Plastic Sunrise" and "FINtastic".