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NFB’S BLUEFIN HEADS TO SAN FRANCISCO. International Ocean Film Festival honours doc with 2017 Wildlife Award


“This is an important story about [the] greed and short-sightedness that are driving one of the ocean’s most magnificent animals to extinction. Bluefin tuna have surprised us in Canada, offering us a chance to save this charismatic creature if we care enough.”  

David Suzuki

March 3, 2017 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is pleased to announce the San Francisco premiere of its documentary Bluefin at the 14th annual International Ocean Film Festival, taking place
March 9–12, 2017. Directed by John Hopkins, Bluefin is the winner of the 2017 IOFF Wildlife Award and screens on Saturday, March 11, as part of the festival’s Canada Program.

Director John Hopkins’ Bluefin immerses audiences in a tale of epic stakes set in North Lake, PEI, the “tuna capital of the world.” Winner of the award for Best Atlantic Filmmaker at the Lunenburg Doc Fest for filmmaker John Hopkins, Bluefin explores the baffling mystery of why the normally wary bluefin tuna no longer fear humans, with locals swearing that the fish are so starving and abundant they’ll literally eat out of people’s hands.  At the heart of this documentary lies a passionate concern by all about the fate of the giant bluefin tuna. Produced by Annette Clarke and Paul McNeill for the NFB.

Bluefin was an official selection of the Atlantic Film Festival and Devour! The Food Film Fest, and was programmed in the Social Justice Documentary Competition & Reel Nature section of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.


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International Ocean Film Festival

2017 IOFF Wildlife Award

Atlantic Film Festival

Devour! The Food Film Fest

Santa Barbara International Film Festival

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