Wild Water - Victoria International Water Film Festival

Above and below the surface, WILD WATER presents extreme sports, adventuring, water issue films and speakers from around the globe.

Dive in with and create your own adventure.

WILD WATER Festival took place Thursday, September 22 to Sunday, September 25, 2016

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All Access Festival Pass: Satisfy your fear of missing out with an ALL ACCESS PASS!  This pass gives you access to every event and screening on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (excludes Thursday)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

6:30PM - Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Island Fundraiser


Location: Canoe BrewpubCanoe Brewpub

Short Film Screening & Silent Photo Auction

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Friday, September 23, 2016

5PM - Talk: Building A Life and Career as an Adventurer

Update: the talk 'Building A Life and Career as an Adventurer' has been cancelled. We are sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.


7PM - The Weekend Sailor (Reception at 6PM)


Location: The Vic Theatre

Director: Bernardo Arsuaga • Canada / Mexico • 2016 • 74 Minutes • Documentary

In 1973, the United Kingdom organized the first head to head sailing race around the world. An inexperienced Mexican man signed up. In his fifties, with a crew that included his wife, son, family and friends. His name, Ramon Carlín. A weekend sailor. And he beat every competing nation.

Ticket includes entry to the opening celebration at 6PM at The Vic Theatre, presented by Dorey Wealth Management of Raymond James.


9PM - View From A Blue Moon (Reception at 8:30PM)


Location: The Vic Theatre

Director: Blake Kueny • United States • 2015 • 60 Minutes • Narrative

From the dreamy blue perfection of the South Pacific to the darkest uncharted waters of Africa (and everywhere in between), John Florence faces a broad spectrum of emotions as he continues to seal his legacy as one of the most gifted surfers ever. And while the young Hawaiian is pulled in increasingly different directions, there is no form of pressure that will keep him from his ultimate goal — to redefine what is possible in the ocean.

Ticket includes entry to the reception at 8:30PM at The Vic Theatre, presented by Dorey Wealth Management of Raymond James.


Dorey Wealth Management Pass

Sponsored by Dorey Wealth Management Group, this pass lets you into their sponsored events on Friday, September 23, 2016.  This includes the opening reception, a film screening of The Weekend Sailor, another reception, and a film screening of View from a Blue Moon.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

11AM - Short Film Program: Sports

Saturday 6:27AM | Directed By: Josh Rufford, Rhiannon Rufford | 2.5 min | A short observation of happenings that could be taking place at any given break on any given day...

Way of the Kayak | Directed By: Richard Poe | 5 min | The indescribable mental, physical, spiritual, and sensual thrill of rolling a kayak — the terror of letting your boat capsize while you’re jammed into the tight cockpit.

Ice Paths | Directed By: Claudia Kedney-Bolduc | 7 min | Immerses yourself in the frozen waters of the St.Lawrence River where history and passion meet.

Surfshaper JOY | Directed by: Ruslan Aksenov, Konstantin Kuchin | 12 min | "My first board was red fish 6'2 ft. I thought it was ideal until I tried using it… after that I started studying and developing my skills of a shaper.”

Blackwaters | Directed By: Olaf Crato | 20 min. | Wave sailing at its absolute best: two time Aloha Classic Champion Morgan Noireaux takes us on a tour of the most demanding spots on the island of Maui, Hawaii. 


Location: The Vic Theatre

Directors: various • 46 Minutes • Shorts Program

A collection of short films that all surround the topic of extreme water sports!


1PM to 4PM - Family Activities



Location: Nootka Court (808 Douglas Street)

Discover what happens above and below the Ocean in a fun and informative series of activities
free for the entire family. Full schedule available here 

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4:15PM - Diving Into The Unknown


Location: The Vic Theatre

Director: Juan Reina • Finland / Norway • 2016 • 85 Minutes • Documentary

Four Finnish cave divers face their worst nightmare when two of their friends drown deep inside an underwater cave in Norway. When the official recovery operation is called off by the Norwegian and British authorities after being deemed too risky, the friends set out on a secret mission to retrieve the bodies themselves.

Brought to you by the DVBA.


7PM - Chasing Niagara


Location: The Vic Theatre

Director: Rush Sturges • Austria / Canada / Mexico / United States • 2015 • 75 Minutes • Documentary

When pro kayaker Rafa Ortiz decides to follow his dream to paddle over Niagara Falls, he sets in motion an incredible series of events that eventually takes on a life of its own. To prepare for this mission, Rafa enlists the help of world-renowned paddler Rush Sturges and a tight team of their friends. Together they go on a remarkable three-year journey from the rainforest rivers of Mexico to the towering waterfalls of the U.S. Northwest.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

12PM - Michigan Ice Film


Location: The Vic Theatre

Director: Aaron Peterson • United States • 2016 • 71 Minutes • Documentary

Water drips, and ice forms in massive curtains along the shore of Lake Superior where sandstone cliffs, frigid temps, and the world’s largest lake set a stage for some of the best ice climbing on the continent.  Director Aaron Peterson captures the intensity and spirit at one of the country’s least-known meccas of one of North America's largest concentrations of climbable ice.


2:15PM - Short Film Program: Adventure

Standing on the Current | Directed By: Thomas Malkowicz, Mark Malkowicz | 5 min. | The plan was to paddleboard the length of the Current River inside the Ozark National Scenic Riverways – A 104 mile journey that we have set aside a week to complete. 

Surf Anywhere | Directed By: Desiree Bilon, Glenn Dixon | 10 min | You can surf anywhere – even 1500m above sea level and 1000km away from the nearest ocean.

Havasupai Cliff Jumping  | Directed By: Jeff Edwards | 13 min. | Travel to the wild blue back rivers of Supai, Arizona and take the leap.

Eureka Dreams | Directed By: Todd Kortte | 13 min. | An underwater adventure film showcasing the beautiful marine life that flourishes around an offshore oil rig in California, USA.

Explorer | Directed By: Francis Luta | 16 min. | Adam Shoalts is a professional explorer and adventurer trail-blazing into the last unexplored places on the planet including the Hudson Bay wetlands


Location: The Vic Theatre

Directors: Various 57 Minutes Shorts Program

 A collection of short films that all surround the topic of wild adventures on the water!

4PM - It Ain't Pretty


Location: The Vic Theatre

Director: Dayla Soul • United States • 2016 • 73 Minutes • Documentary

It Ain’t Pretty is a film about the women who surf San Francisco’s Ocean Beach as well as a movement that has women forging new tides in Women's Big wave Surfing. Over the course of 3 years we followed and documented the stories of these Bay Area women, exploring what drives their passion to paddle out. we talked with a variety of surfers from a range of different abilities and skill, from the driven beginner to the professional big wave surfer in order to investigate what it is that draws each of these women to surf these unforgiving waters.

7PM - Sonic Sea


Location: The Vic Theatre

Director: Michelle Dougherty, Daniel Hinerfeld • Bahamas / Canada / Madagascar / Norway / United States • 2016 • 56 Minutes • Documentary

Oceans are a sonic symphony. Sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of marine life.  But man-made ocean noise is threatening this fragile world.  Sonic Sea is about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution.

8PM - Panel: Sonic Sea

  Speakers talk about the film and the effect of noise pollution in the water.  Guests include Kate Moran (President and CEO of Ocean Networks Canada), Michael Jasny (Director of the Marine Mammal Protection Program at the NRDC), Sarika Cullis-Suzuki (PhD visiting scientist at Ocean Networks Canada), and Jennifer Jackson (PhD Physical Oceanographer).

Kate Moran

Michael Jasny

Sarika Cullis-Suzuki


Jennifer Jackson

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