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Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival: Blue Whales: Return of the Giants

November 5, 2023 @ 1:30 pm 5:00 pm

Enjoy complimentary Provocativo and light hors d’oeuvres beginning at 1:30 p.m. before the 2:00 p.m. screening on Sunday, November 5, at the AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater. FREE with a paid ticket to the film on the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival webpage.


BLUE WHALES: RETURN OF THE GIANTS 3D takes viewers on a journey of a lifetime to explore the world of the magnificent blue whale, a species rebounding from the brink of extinction. Following two scientific expeditions—one to find a missing population of blues off the exotic Seychelles Islands, the other to chronicle whale families in Mexico’s stunning Gulf of California—the film is an inspirational story that transforms our understanding of the largest animal ever to have lived. 

From its almost incomprehensible size to its spectacular feeding habits; from the surprising role it plays in the health of our oceans to its awesome long-distance communications, the film provides an unforgettable window into the lives these animals live—and the extremes scientists must endure to study them.  Joined by a cast of supporting characters—from dolphins and sperm whales to sea lions and orcas—the blue whale finally gets its star turn… in life-size, and immersive 3D on the giant screen! 

Director: Hugh Pearson is an Emmy® and BAFTA award-winning filmmaker who specializes in making wildlife films at sea, telling new and engaging stories from above and beneath the waves.

Most recently Hugh produced and directed Coastal Seas and High Seas episodes on the landmark Netflix series Our Planet, which has won multiple prestigious awards including the 2019 Emmy for “Outstanding Documentary/Nonfiction Series.” Hugh worked at the world-renowned BBC Natural History Unit for twenty years on blockbuster series such as The Blue Planet, Africa and Nature’s Great Events before joining Silverback Films to work on The Hunt for BBC Worldwide.

With a First-Class degree in Marine Biology and two decades of filming at sea, Hugh is a world leader in producing and directing ocean wildlife films. He has spent more time with blue whales than any other filmmaker.

Special Guest: Dr. Jeremy Kiszka

Sunday, November 5, 3:30 p.m. – A portion of these proceeds benefits 4 Ocean.

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