Line-up Announced For 2012 International Underwater Film Festival In The Cayman Islands

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The Cayman Islands is getting ready to host the annual International Underwater Film Festival once again and this years event will showcase a wide range of films, documentaries and videography.

The film festival will be taking place on Thursday 8th November, 2012 at the Westin Casuarina and Spa Resort in Grand Cayman, one of the leading scuba diving destinations in the world.

This years event is being held in conjunction with the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame induction ceremony and highlights include films by Howard Hall, Leslie Leaney, Guy Hall, plus local videographers.

Divers Alert Network and the Cayman Islands Tourism Association will present the event which features an array of talks, film screenings, presentations and competitions.

The 2012 line-up includes a tribute to the underwater world of the Cayman Islands by Frans DeBacker; Sea Net 1944 by Leslie Leaney which includes a WWII era short film by the SEA NET company in Los Angeles; and Fragile Cayman by Michael Maes which educates viewers about the importance of looking after and preserving the marine environment.

A Silent Auction and Lobster Lotto will also take pace during the evening and this year, all of the funds raised will help support the marine conservation efforts carried out by the Guy Harvey Research Institute as well as diving safety initiatives. Every lobster (rubber) purchased in the Lobster Lotto is a winning one and participants can win prizes such as key chains, dive packages, T-shirts and much more.

The underwater photo competition will showcase a collection of incredible photographs that have been captured by photographers while scuba diving in the Cayman Islands and the top three images in each of the five categories will be printed on canvas and displayed. A Best in Show honour will also be awarded to the best image in each category (Cayman Wrecks, Turtles, Critters/Macro, Scenic, and Creative).

Tickets for the Underwater Film Festival cost 25 and funds raised will go to the Cayman Islands Tourism Association to help with crucial marine conservation efforts such as Dive 365, underwater and coastal clean-ups, lionfish culling materials and expeditions, maintenance of the sunken USS Kittiwake, government links, office buildings and staff members.

The Cayman Islands are ranked among the Caribbeans leading scuba diving destinations due to its shallow, crystal clear turquoise ocean waters that are teeming with magnificent marine species.

During scuba diving holidays in the Cayman Islands, tourists can swim alongside beautiful stingrays, eagle rays, manta rays, sea turtles, hundreds of species of colourful fish and colourful coral reefs.