Official Final Results Announcement

Best Feature Film - 'KHELONE - THE PUNISHMENT OF HERMES' by Vicente Leal Juan, from Spain.

Best Shark Feature Film - 'SHARKS OUTSMARTED' by Oliver Van den Broeck and Greet Meulepas, from Belgium.

Best Short Film - 'THE LEGACY' by Erick Higuera, from Mexico.

Best Shark Short Film - 'ELASMO' by Skyler Thomas, from U.S.A..

Second Best Feature Film - 'FINISTERRA' by Erick Higuera, from Mexico.

Second Best Short Film - 'LOS SECRETOS DE LA NOCHE' by Jose Carlos Rando Lara, from Spain.

Third Best Feature Film - 'THE RED SEA CREATURES' by Shaked Barzilay, from Israel.

Third Best Short Film - 'THE NIGTH AND ITS MYSTERIES' by Pedro Sarmiento, from Spain.

We wish to thank you to all the filmmakers, Jury members, volunteers, friends, and other organization professionals that have been working with the Sharks Educational Institute for the Canary Islands International Underwater Film Festival 2017.
You are the best team!
Receiving the comments of a high standards quality Film Festival, make it worth every minute we spent on its preparation.
Thank you all, and see you again in a future UW Film Fest!

4FICCAsub - Canary Islands International Underwater Film Festival

Welcome to the 4FICCAsub - Canary Islands International Underwater Film Festival 2017!
This Film Festival is a cultural event dedicated to the education of the present and future generations. As shark species, our ocean needs new advocates to survive with all its biodiversity and richness.
Our new educational audiovisual contents use cinema as an instrument to bring a message of awareness in schools, colleges, and universities and for the general public, and the Film Festival is another creative way to promote it.
This year, with the 4FICCAsub - Canary Islands International Underwater Film Festival in Agüimes 2017, we celebrate the fourth edition of a non-competitive festival, organized by the Sharks Educational Institute in close cooperation with the municipality of Agüimes, that emphasizes dissemination of the conservationist respect for the marine environment among the youngest and the general public.
The purpose of this Festival is to spread a greater knowledge of nature and marine biodiversity and to increase the general awareness of the importance of conserving and protecting some of the most precious natural secrets of the underwater environment.
With the 4FICCAsub we attempt to screen impinging underwater films to both a local audience and islands visitors. The underwater documentaries can be submitted for the Festival in the following categories and sections: 

- Short documentaries Free Subject

- Short documentaries Sharks Subject

- Feature Films Free Subject

- Feature Films Sharks Subject


The event:

The Canary Islands International Underwater Film Festival 2017 is composed of four exhibition stages and it is presented for the first time for two different specific audiences.

Friday, October 27, in the morning - Sample session of films with a more concise character of respect for nature and marine environment. This first session, oriented for the schools' students of the Municipality of Agüimes, will take place in the Theater Auditorium of Agüimes, Gran Canaria, Spain.

Friday, October 27, in the afternoon - This second session will screen the first half of the selected films for each category, in the House Museum House Orlando Hernandez in Agüimes.

Saturday, October 28, in the afternoon - The third session of the 4FICCAsub will exhibit the second half of the selected films for each category, in the House Museum House Orlando Hernandez in Agüimes, Gran Canaria, Spain.

Saturday, October 28, in the evening - The final session will conclude throughout the evening with the announcement by the Jury Members of the Best Documentaries on each category. 

The Festival is set up to disseminate the audiovisual productions of many divers and filmmakers around the world and simultaneously promoting the most sustainable scuba diving tourism practices. By sharing this it is expected to protect some of the most valuable natural assets of our planet.

For more information, submission form, rules and regulations of the Festival, please Email at



  • 'ELASMO' by Skyler Thomas from the U.S.A. (2017 – WORLD PREMIERE)

    Highlights from recent years of Skyler Thomas filming sharks set to the music of Solid Grey Sky.
    The amazing way light reflects off the dermal denticles of sharks was the inspiration for this visually stunning film.

  • 'EL GUARDIÁN DE LA VIDA' by Antonio Javier Luis Gutierrez from Spain (2015)

    'EL GUARDIÁN DE LA VIDA' (The Life Guardian) is a small recognition to the sea, as the only protector of life, to which man owes respect, and the obligation to care for him and preserve his legacy.

  • 'LA HUELLA' by Mónica Sagrera from Spain (2017 – WORLD PREMIERE)

    'LA HUELLA' (The Footprint) is a short story about another humankind footprint...
    In the seas where life flows and ecosystems seem to enjoy an enviable health, sharks can not escape the action of man whose footprint becomes visible even in the most remote places of the ocean.

  • 'IMPERMANENCIA' by Julián Rodríguez from Thailand (2017 – WORLD PREMIERE)

    'IMPERMANENCIA' (NonPermanence) is a visual and musical short documentary that shows us the dance of life and reminds us that nothing is eternal, everything is NonPermanent.

  • 'THE LEGACY' by Erick Higuera from Mexico (2016)

    It has taken only fifty years to destroy dozens of healthy and thriving marine ecosystems due to overfishing and pollution. Lots of species have vanished from their natural habitat. Almost twenty years ago the Pacific Mantaray population in the Gulf of California collapsed due to overfishing.
    However, there is a very remote place in the Mexican Pacific, the Archipelago of Revillagigedo - a Biosphere Reserve declared World Heritage Site by the Unesco - . The short film “The Legacy” shows how endangered species can recover - if we give them a chance.

  • 'THE NIGHT AND ITS MYSTERIES' by Pedro Sarmiento from Spain (2017 – WORLD PREMIERE)

    This work is a representation of the marine biodiversity of the Gran Canaria island, specifically in its most popularly spot known as "El cabrón".
    It shows the biodiversity of some marine canary species with their nocturnal behaviors, and its footage has been made throughout the year, allowing us to observe the great concentration of life that holds the Gran Canaria island.

  • 'ONE STEP AT A TIME' by Damien Nies from France (2017)

    A young woman who in for habit to go to snorkel decides with her brother, after the cyclone Maria, to go take a look in the water to see how goes the sea bed.
    They see a strong pollution there and decides to collect what they may take. They also discovers that the funds "survive" and at the end Marie Nies and her brother crosses a good moment in the ocean by doing a good deed for Mother Nature.

  • 'THE SEA' by Ronald Faber from Netherlands (2016)

    ‘The Sea’ is a monody of the sea and a to take responsibility in order to save the sea for future generations without appearing pedantic.
    The German magazine “Unterwasser – Das Tauchmagazin” wrote about ‘The Sea’; ”Through the narrator, the viewer is directly involved, the often inevitable distance of the viewer is dissolved. Matching, aesthetic pictures are held together by the good commentary and the pleasant speaker, underlined by the appropriate music”.
    About the production of “The Sea” Ronald Faber explains; “We’re living in a hasty and fast society in which everything is consumed in a rush. I believe a film of less than ten minutes in length can trigger people to watch it till the end. That’s why ‘The Sea’ is as it is!”

  • 'LOS SECRETOS DE LA NOCHE' by Jose Carlos Rando Lara from Spain (2016)

    "LOS SECRETOS DE LA NOCHE" (The Secrets of the Night) offers us a dark but a real alternative universe, full of life and details in which we can see color and delicacy, a beauty that we do not know, hidden under the moon and that the sea gives us every night.


  • 'FINISTERRA' by Erick Higuera from Mexico (2017)

    Nothing ends beyond land. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch, we are going back from whence we came.

    Let's not take this place for granted!

  • 'HECHIZO' by Ana Castillo, Tomas Mesa, and Victor Plasencia, from Spain (2017)

    The creation of the Universe is raised by means of a spell (HECHIZO). A sorceress witch shakes her hand and life begins to flow. She immerses herself in the underwater world and creates the different species and gives life to the fish, thus forming an army that protects her from the outside...

    Once created the underwater world, the sorceress retires exhausted by the force that she has supposed. What will happen next?

  • 'KHELONE - THE PUNISHMENT OF HERMES' by Vicente Leal Juan from Spain (2017 – WORLD PREMIERE)

    In the Greek mythology Khelone was a nymph who, by order of Zeus, was invited by Hermes along with all the gods, men and animals to his marriage with Hera. Some say Khelone refused to attend, staying at home and showing her disdain for marriage. Some others parts of the Greek mythology also claim that Khelone was taking too long to prepare herself for the party, which left Zeus "slightly mad". And this is the reason why Hermes has done... what he has done...
    By the hand of Vicente Leal Juan, Khelone sends a direct message to the public while shows us some underwater fauna and landscapes from Egypt, Maldives, Indonesia and the Philippines.

    This is a "True Story" on a World Premiere in the Canary Islands International Underwater Film Festival 2017, created by Enrique López, narrated by Susana Arenas, with Unai Zulaika as the author of the video cartoons, with Vicente Leal, Alberto Villafaina and Antonio Senent in the edition, and Vicente Leal Juan on the photography and the direction.

  • 'MEDITERRANEAN SLOW' by Lutfu Tanriover from Turkey (2016)

    Although there's not so many colorful corals, it is still a beautiful sea with a lot of life in it. Lutfu Tanriover told us the year he made this documentary was 2016, and that it was made to show the beauties of Mediterranean sea.
    Luftu Tanriover was born in 1968 and is making movies for 17 years now. Actually he produces movies for TV documentaries, for commercials and a for a few cinema films. Some of his footage has also been screened internationally in channels like National Geographic and BBC.

    'MEDITERRANEAN SLOW' brings to the Canary Islands divers some very nice surprises...

  • 'THE PALE HORSE - CORAL APOCALYPSE' by Claudia and Hendrik Schmitt from Germany (2017)

    Our world climate is changing. We can already feel it, but other organisms sense it quicker than us and even more drastically. Such are tropical, reef-building corals. Their polyps react very sensitive to changing conditions like water quality and in particular the surrounding ocean temperature: the stress caused by rising temperatures drives them to expel symbiotic algae living in their tissues, causing them to turn completely white. Without the nutrients the algae provide, the coral polyps slowly starve and die.
    Coral bleaching is one of the major threats to existing coral reefs. Losing reefs would have grave consequences for the marine biodiversity and a widespread cascade effect on other ecosystems – on land as well.
    The Jetlagged team came across severe coral bleaching within the Coral Triangle in 2016. They witnessed healthy reefs they have dived for years fading and dying. Utterly shocked, they felt the urge to document and show the world the eerie sight of pale corals and white reefs and explain why this was happening.

    With it, comes a personally emotional and strong appeal: we still have time to save the reefs – but we have to change the way we treat our world immediately.

  • 'PISCIFORMS' by Olivier Van den Broeck and Greet Meulepas, from Belgium (2017)

    Did you know that there are more different fish species than there are species of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles combined? Yet, when we are asked to draw a fish, most drawings would appear to be very similar.

    This short documentary 'PISCIFORMS' aims to broaden our general idea of the physical appearance of fish.

  • 'THE RED SEA CREATURES' by Shaked Barzilay from Israel (2017)

    Atmospheric underwater journey in the Red Sea.
    Follows the unique creatures and their behavior.
    Some species use a special technique to camouflage themselves,
    Some species prefer to co operate with each other
    Enabling a harmonic living environment within the ocean.

  • 'RENCONTRE ENTRE L'ACIPENSER STURIO ET L'ETRE HUMAIN' by Philippe De Korte from Belgium (2017)

    This underwater documentary tells us the encounter and discovery by the man of the 'Acipenser sturio' in its natural biotope, its description, its life, its evolution and the discovery of the sturgeon in the different streams of Belgium?

    Discover how different species met themselves and how to recognize their food approaching. All the footage recorded by an experienced diver, filming in full HD 50 frames per second.

  • 'SHARKS OUTSMARTED' by Olivier Van den Broeck and Greet Meulepas from Belgium (2015)

    Fish form schools for a number of reasons. One of them is to deceive one of their ferocious predators: the shark.

    Sharks are equipped with a number of "high-tech" senses to locate prey. However, fish are able to outsmart the shark and its senses by sticking together!

  • 'THE SIGNIFICANT OTHERS' by Anita Chaumette and Guy Chaumette from U.K. and France (2015)

    Coral reef ecosystems are represented by what we could call ‘the usual suspects’. From sharks to turtles, schooling fish to colourful individuals, these are what we see when roaming the worlds tropical reefs.
    Yet looking more closely, the reef reveals a complex, intricate maze of interwoven micro-habitats, each housing its own specific residents.
    Concealed, often overlooked, these tiny residents keep the entire micro-habitat in good shape.

    The micro-habitats thrive, and generate the food chain necessary to support all the reefs inhabitants. They do this, thanks to the minuscule creatures that live within them.

    There’s more to the reef than the usual suspects, there’s a minuscule world, full of significant others.

  • 'LE TRIANGLE DE CORAL' by Yves Guénot from France (2017)

    Yves Guénot is a young retired man of the ministry of sports, a diving instructor and an enthusiast of submarine images. He lived in Reunion Island (Indian ocean) and traveled a lot to make underwater images.

    Five years ago Yves Guénot discovered Raja Ampat and has now produced 'LE TRIANGLE DE CORAL' (The Coral Triangle). With this documentary he tries to show us the wealth of the marine world, when it is protected.