Latest award is Best Documentary at California Film Awards
Prince Edward Island Filmmaker John Hopkins’ National Film Board documentary Bluefin was the Grand Winner and recipient of the 2017 Best Documentary Feature at the California Film Awards recently in San Diego.
The California Film Awards recognizes and celebrates important world cinema that represents the forefront of aesthetic, critical and entertainment standards in contemporary independent filmmaking and screenwriting, honouring new and cutting edge American and foreign independent films in competition.
Writer-Director Hopkins reports that Bluefin now has twenty-two international film festival selections. “I’m blown away about how well my film has been received worldwide,” he says. “Bluefin has hit a strong and rising public concern the world-over that humanity has hit its limits with the over-exploitation of nature, oceans, and fragile wildlife in these environments. We’ve hit the breaking point, and my film vividly gives you a sense, through this extraordinary story about giant bluefin tuna appearing to be so starving, these days, they are willing to cast aside their natural fear of humans and be vulnerably hand-fed by fishermen in open ocean…Herring stocks, which feed tuna, whales, sharks, dolphins, and commercially important lobster have already collapsed off North Lake PEI, where I filmed my documentary and since my film was released. We need to stop blaming others, and finally look at our part in this, and put the breaks on now or see all go the way of the cod, permanently…Aside from a serious blow to our economy, on a personal basis, it will be our fishing communities and families who will lose the most,” reports Hopkins.
A worldwide VOD release of Bluefin through US distributor Gravitas Ventures, and NFB Canada, is coming soon, with a subscriber reach of over one billion. Bluefin is invited back to Toronto February 27 for a “ Fish Talk” screening and panel with Celebrity Chef Ned Bell and OceanWise, targeting the food industry and issues of seafood sustainability and fisheries. Upcoming screenings include a run by Cinema Politica and NFB Movie Nights at public libraries across Canada. It’s New England Premiere at the New Jersey Film Festival takes place February 2. Upcoming screenings also include a Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Montana February 18.