As part of its commitment to increasing the impact of European documentaries and facilitating the exchange of knowledge between
documentary professionals across Europe, Moving Docs carried out a pan European campaign of the documentary Dolphin Man in 2017-2018, in partnership with: Against Gravity (Poland), Arte GEIE, Cinedoc (Greece), Demiurg distribucija (Slovenia), Destiny Films (France), Docs Barcelona (Spain), Doc Lounge (Sweden), DocPoppies (Belgium), Lemesos International Documentary Festival
(Cyprus) and MakeDox (Macedonia).
Dolphin Man - a Greek, French Canadian, Japanese co-production - tells the life story of Jacques Mayol, the greatest free-diver in recorded history, whose life became the inspiration for Luc Besson’s cult-movie Le Grand Bleu. It draws us into Mayol’s world, capturing his compelling journey from Japan to Europe, North America and India, while immersing viewers into the transformative experience of free-diving .
In order to promote the film, Moving Docs developed #MyBlue, a campaign inspired by the legacy of Jacques Mayol, that aimed to raise awareness about our connection to the ocean and the need to protect it. #MyBlue ran in parallel to the film’s release and was developed during the Moving Docs workshop in April 2017. To promote the campaign, Moving Docs joined forces with ARTE, WWF Greece, Apnea and Cressi, the Greek Ministry of Tourism, Greek Travel Pages and Anemon Productions. The campaign was also supported by businesses which embrace ocean conservation and engaged a global community of free-divers, conservationists, photographers and blue activists to celebrate the beauty of the sea. The campaign included activities such as photo competitions, content creation, use of VR technology etc.
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Report created by Lieve Bluekens