Conservation Media

Blue Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit

BLUE is a high-energy, enlightening and entertaining festival showcasing the world’s finest ocean films and award winning marine photography along with a filmmakers marketplace, science and conservation seminars, international policy discussions and a robust ocean media industry conference. The 2015 Film festival will be held in Monaco November 7-9.

BLUE’s industry conference provides unparalleled educational and networking opportunities for underwater and ocean related productions. Industry Conference seminars and workshops offer mentoring from esteemed professionals from the synergistic disciplines of media technology, underwater film-making, marine photography, ocean conservation, deep sea exploration, marine sciences, project funding, television programming, feature film production and content distribution. Code Blue has been a sponsor of BLUE since 2009, and Shari participates as a festival judge, and serves on the BLUE advisory board.

Sundance Institute

Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, Sundance is a global, nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to nurturing artistic expression in film and theater, and to supporting intercultural dialogue between artists and audiences. Code Blue Foundation prioritizes the communication of critical environmental issues and funds the Institute’s ability to promote independent storytelling to unite, inform and inspire. Funding to the Documentary Film Program allows Sundance to conduct focused outreach and assemble a docket of active projects that align with Code Blue’s mission to illuminate issues around conservation and the ocean. Code Blue supports the Program’s year-round work to identify and cultivate high quality independent storytelling about these globally relevant topics.

Internationally recognized for its annual Sundance Film Festival and its artistic development programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, film composers, playwrights and theatre artists, Sundance Institute has nurtured such projects as Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Sin Nombre, An Inconvenient Truth, Spring Awakening, Born into Brothels, Trouble the Water, Light in the Piazza and Angels in America.


The Sant Ocean Hall is the National Museum of Natural History’s largest exhibit, providing visitors with a unique and breathtaking introduction to the majesty of the ocean. The hall’s combination of 674 marine specimens and models, high-definition video, and the newest technology allows visitors to explore the ocean’s past, present, and future. The hall, which opened in 2008, is founded on the museum’s unparalleled collection, which is the largest marine collection in the world with more than 80 million specimens, allowing the Smithsonian to offer the most comprehensive exhibition in the country devoted to a global view of the ocean. The Sant Ocean Hall was created in partnership with NOAA, and private funders such as Code Blue and the Sant Family, to show the ocean as a global system that is essential to all life on Earth. The exhibition refers to ocean in the singular because the ocean is one huge, interconnected body of water that spans several basins.