Arthur C Clarke once said: “How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is clearly Ocean.”
He had a point. 71% of the earth’s surface is covered with water and this may help explain our fascination with the sea and all things maritime. On the East Coast we are acutely aware of this. The marine industry accounts directly for over £1bn worth of business with over 7,000 direct jobs and this is before we take into account the thousands of people who enjoy the water for recreation.
To celebrate this maritime heritage the Woolverstone Project and the Woodbridge Riverside Trust have organised a unique event – a Maritime Film Festival.
The film festival takes place between January 17th and 19th 2020 and is a celebration of the best of yachting and maritime films from all eras – from Hollywood blockbusters like Adrift, through to classics like Riddle of the Sands.
The festival will take place in the beautiful town of Woodbridge in Suffolk, close to Ipswich. It will be in the Long Shed – a beautiful boat shed next door to the famous Woodbridge Tide Mill where a replica of the Sutton Hoo Burial Ship is being built.
Full details and tickets are available from www.maritimefilmfestival.co.uk or you can ring the booking line on 01394 610983 and leave a message.
The event will also be associated with a film competition. This is open to all – amateur and professional and will have a wide range of categories. The entries will be judged by a panel of local experts and the winning films will be announced and shown in the final session of the festival.
As well as the films, there will be talks, entertainment and refreshments. Any surplus from the event will help the two organising charities – the Woolverstone Project and the Woodbridge Riverside Trust.