THE Ocean Film Festival World Tour is set to make a big splash at venues across Dorset this autumn. Festivalgoers will be able to enjoy a selection of short films telling seafaring stories from both above and below the water’s surface featuring stunning cinematography.

“From surfers to fisherman, and marine scientists to artists, these films feature fascinating characters who have dedicated their lives to the sea’s salt spray,” says tour director Nell Teasdale.

“This is your chance to dip your toes into the wonders of the big blue from the comfort of a cinema seat.”

The tour originated in Australia, with the aim of inspiring people to explore, respect, enjoy and protect the oceans. Film highlights include:

1. A Peace Within. Philip Gray is known as an extreme artist, but painting underwater is his biggest challenge yet. A Peace Within joins Philip as he ventures below the surface to paint Mexico’s astounding cenotes – clear-water subterranean pools, viewed by the ancient Mayans as gateways to the afterlife.

2. Surfer Dan. Sun, sea and sand typically come to mind when you think about surfing, but this is not your typical surfing film. Landlocked ocean-lover Dan Schetter lives on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan where, in winter, strong winds across the water create deadly currents, icebergs and… waves. Known for being the crazy guy with an icy beard who catches waves in January.

3. Emocean. This is a documentary with soul; a salty blend of stories by an eclectic assortment of people sharing tales of adventure, adrenaline, inspiration, love and loss and their relationship with the ocean. Emocean is a beautiful ride to countless coastal locations, from California, to Hawaii, to Australia and beyond.

* Tour dates: September 18: Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne; October 2 and 17: Regent Centre, Christchurch and October 18: Lighthouse, Poole. See