Save the Date - May 8th, 2020 in Hamburg, Germany

The second DEEPWAVE Filmfestival for the Protection of the Oceans has a date!

DEEPWAVE Filmfestival for the Protection of the Oceans 2019

Since 2013 we, with the help of students, have been organising the international “Beneath the Waves” shortfilmfestival, inviting guests with political, scientific and industry backgrounds.
Since the festival is no longer being hosted by the American NGO “Beneath the Waves” we have decided to start the DEEPWAVE Filmfestival in 2019 for the protection of the Ocean.

Our cooperation partner is the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

Here is the open call.
DEEPWAVE Filmfestival for the protection of the ocean
Date: Friday, 24th May 2019, 6-10 pm
Location: Lichtmess-Kino, Gaußstraße 25, 22765 Hamburg
Free Entry!
Some of the films are in English.

24th of May 2019

Start – 17:30


Leonie Mühlens – Host
Dr. Dietmar Molthagen – Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung


Frederik Götz – DEEPWAVE ambassador


A film about Onno Groß, founder of DEEPWAVE.

ca. 20 min

Pause – 15 min

Deep Sea

Sea Monsters

An artistic examination of the creatures of the deep sea. Our ideas and hunches of the creatures at the limits of our perception.

Perrine Pype, 6:59 min

Ⓒ James Nikitine, Fabiano D'Amato

At the Edge of Light

The film accompanies a research trip to the unknown deep sea coral reefs around Klein Curacao. With a manned submarine the scientists dive to the still little investigated unique ecosystems at the edge of the light.

James Nikitine, Fabiano D’Amato, 14:21 min

JPI Oceans: Ökologische Aspekte des Tiefseebergbaus

In 1989, German marine researchers launched the unique long-term experiment “JPI Oceans – Mining Impact” off the Peruvian coast. A total of eleven square kilometres of seabed in the deep sea were ploughed up to simulate future deep-sea mining. 26 years later, a research expedition is investigating the serious ecological consequences.

GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung, 4:26 min


A journey into the heart of our blue planet. Deeper, darker and slower – time seems to have stood still. Breathtaking footage of the crew of the Lula1000 submarine off the Azores provides an insight into the world of deep-sea dwellers and their strategies to survive in a nutrient-poor, cold and lightless environment.

Kirsten and Joachim Jakobsen,  9:34 min



Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius (AWI – Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Bremerhaven),
Dr. Rolf Koppelmann (IMF – Institut für marine Ökosystem- und Fischereiwissenschaften, Hamburg)

Pause – 20 min


A Reef by Night and Day

The life of corals day and night. Biological communities, marine life in all imaginable colours, snails and starfish working as cleaning personnel, and nocturnal hunters make coral reefs one of the most species-rich habitats in the world.

Tim Wijgerde, 12:42 min

REPICORE | Research in Melanesia 2018

An overview of five years of research in the South Pacific. The aim of Dr. Sebastian Ferse and his team was to investigate the effects of climate change stress factors on coral reef ecosystems and their dependent human communities.

Tom Vierus, 18:55 min

Sea of Life: Ocean Acidification

We constantly pump greenhouse gases into the atmosphere – the oceans acidify. The lethal gases lead to the complete extinction of corals within our lifetime. Mankind has reached a point where we must not only reduce emissions, but also remove them from the atmosphere if we are to preserve the coral reefs that are vital to the oceans. A film that opens all our eyes to the urgency of the situation.

Julia Barnes, 4:14 min


Dr. Götz Reinicke (Stiftung Deutsches Meeresmuseum, Stralsund),
Dr. Sebastian Ferse (ZMT – Leibniz Zentrum für Marine Tropenforschung, Bremen)

Pause – 20 min

The human and the ocean

Kalangala Dreams

The region of Kalangala in Uganda lies directly on Lake Victoria and is largely dependent on fishing. The 19-year-old Ismael is a fisherman who dreams of a different life and yet knows about his almost hopeless dependence. The camera accompanies him in his village, which is plagued by illegal fishing, alcoholism and hard work, and we get an insight into his life, full of hope, thoughts for the future and friendship.

Translated with

Daniel Hedström, Apollonia Meleouni,
Sofie Andersson, Astrid Andersson Ahlbom, 23:59 min


Indigenous communities in the polar regions are still dependent on the sea as their primary source of food. What happens when another spill of oil from an accidental tanker destroys the food supply for countless people and animals and there is nothing left to eat? Horror in dough.

George Warren, 5:56 min

Under the Surface

Marine waste – We have all got used to the fact that plastic is everywhere, on the beach, in the dunes, in the spray, on the open sea. But we can all simply do something about it. A fisherman, a nature lover, the Plastic Soup Foundation and Precious Plastics inspire and show how it works.

Faye Meijer, Marielle de la Fuente, 18:19 min

Moderation and Farewell

Final film

Gwylvos; Forests Beneath the Waves

Among the turbulent waters of Cornwall, just a stone’s throw from the shore, are lush meadows, deep valleys and vast forests full of life and colour. Filmmaker Matt Biggs spent 14 months diving among the towering kelp algae to capture the mood of the changing seasons in the forests under the waves.

Matt Biggs, 7:00 min

End – ca. 22:30