Film Festival Offers Viewings For Adults, Children

OCEAN CITY — The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, featuring award-winning short films that will amaze, amuse and inspire, kicks off Thursday, Nov. 13 with two shows in Ocean City at Seacrets Morley Hall, including a matinee at 2 p.m. and an evening screening at 6 p.m.

Featuring 15 short films, this year’s program will be shown on Morley Hall’s new and improved projection system.

Andrew Tawes of Outdoors Delmarva will be joining us as a special guest for the evening show and will be available to meet and greet members of the audience before the show and during the intermission.

Both shows on Nov. 13 will also feature a fabulous silent auction featuring wonderful products and services from local businesses.

Buy your tickets now and all purchasers of three or more tickets receive an additional ticket for free. With each ticket purchased, you get a chance to win an Ocean City getaway package, including a stay at the Holiday Inn and Suites on 17th Street and a free dinner for two at Coral Reef Restaurant, courtesy of the Harrison Group.

This year, the festival will once again include a special family-oriented program with a separate set of seven films for a younger audience that will be presented by the organization’s Coast Kids program on the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 15. This screening will take place at the Sarbanes Coastal Ecology Lab (adjacent to Assateague Island National Seashore’s Visitors Center) and will be preceded by a special Coast Kids hands-on workshop on the wonders of plankton. Tickets for this special kids program will be available only at the door and are $5 for Coast Kids members and $10 for non-members.

Hosted locally by Assateague Coastal Trust, the festival is organized by a northern California watershed group that each year assembles a catalog of award-winning, mostly environmentally-focused films and offers them to local conservation nonprofits to help educate and engage their communities.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to once again share these amazing films from around the world with our local audience,” said ACT Executive Director and Coastkeeper Kathy Phillips. “Many of the films showcase environmental issues which helps us to engage and inspire people around the challenges facing our planet and our local area … There is a healthy mix of adventure and pure fun which makes the festival as much about entertainment as education.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 410-629-1538.