Where your work comes to life and inspires others, with open doors welcoming a wider audience to join us on this special night!


The 25th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals will feature a film festival aimed at showcasing your work and igniting inspiration in others. We will also be opening the doors to the public to join us for this event, broadening our audience and sharing in the experience.

We’re seeking diverse films and video clips relating to marine mammals, offering you the freedom to showcase your research, conservation efforts, or captivating moments captured on camera. There are no content restrictions.

During the event, we’ll screen nearly two hours of captivating content, including longer documentaries and shorter clips. Be sure to submit your entry before the deadline of July 17, 2024. Successful submissions will be notified by August 14, 2024, and the final program will be announced soon after.

The Film Festival is complimentary with conference registration, and tickets are available for non-conference attendees.

For all enquiries, please contact


Please review the following criteria before submitting:

  1. The person submitting a film needs to be a current member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy.
  2. The person submitting a film must have the intellectual property rights to do so. Any music contained in the submission needs to have associated performing rights. 
  3. All footage on marine mammals needs to have been obtained under ethics and other relevant research permits or to be accompanied by a statement of why permits were not required or obtained. 
  4. Films will only be shown at the SMM2024 Film Festival and will not be distributed to any other parties.
  5. Films can be submitted in any format and by providing the entire video file or a link to the footage. There are no guidelines for the content or quality of the films. Raw and unedited footage will be considered for the program. 


Please follow the steps below to submit your entry:

  1. To get started, you must login to the conference system via the SMM website. Click HERE to get started.
  2. Once on your conference ‘Profile Home’, choose “SMM2024 Film Festival”.
  3. Answer all the required questions regarding your submission. To ensure that your data are entered correctly, please follow all directions carefully.
  4. After submitting your entry, a receipt of your submission will be emailed to you.
  5. Deadline for submissions is end of day July 17, 2024.
  6. Acceptance emails will be sent on August 14, 2024.