Jan. 26 – 27, 2024 | Newport, OR


The Big Blue Film Fest (BBFF) was a rousing success last winter -  heartfelt thanks to everyone for their overwhelming support! As a result, we are making this film festival an annual event.

The goal of our festival is to showcase ocean-themed films at the confluence of marine sciences, humanities and the arts. We also aim for the festival to engage the community and raise awareness about marine issues and how we might solve them. We hope you can join us for an array of films and Q&As with filmmakers and special guests.

The BBFF is a collaboration with Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, Oregon State University, Marine Studies Initiative, OSU Productions and other community partners.

The BBFF Mission

Our goal is to inspire, educate and captivate our audience members with science and ocean entertainment. Help us tell the stories that will shape our future understanding of one of our planet’s most important resources. The Big Blue Film Fest is hosted at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, OSU’s coastal research campus, which has operated in Newport, Oregon, for 59 years. Hatfield is dedicated to education and exploration with classes, internships, top-quality research and meaningful community outreach.

Expanding to Two Locations

We are delighted to announce the Newport Performing Arts Center as a new co-host location for the film festival and our partnership with the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts. On Saturday, films will be shown at the PAC and Hatfield's Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building (GVMSB). 

On Friday, the GVMSB will host the Friday night mixer and premier, an event where filmmakers and community members will mingle and see the festival's winning film.