Lovers of film and the ocean will be able to have their worlds collide as the Ocean Film Festival gets set to return to the South West in its 10th year of touring Australia and the world. The Ocean Film Festival World Tour is set to return to screens across Australia for a 10th year, with screenings at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on Thursday March 9 and Margaret River HEART on Friday April 21. Featuring a two and a half hour program of films from independent filmmakers across the globe, the festival is set to showcase the most inspirational, educational and entertaining films related to the ocean. Since starting out a decade ago, the Ocean Film Festival has seen more than 770 screenings throughout the globe from 89 independent filmmakers, 325,670 audience members in 14 countries, and donations of more than $40,000 to ocean charities. Festival founder Jemima Robinson said the festival started out with big dreams to inspire the world to explore and enjoy the oceans and to protect and respect them. “With a personal passion for film and all things ocean, I wanted the Ocean Film Festival World Tour to become an avenue for promoting ocean conservation and bringing people together to celebrate Mother Nature,” she said. “We have done this through sharing unique stories by independent filmmakers from around the globe, reaching many exciting milestones, and now we set our sights towards the next 10 years of making an even greater impact.” This year’s Ocean Film Festival line-up comprises of seven films, including ‘The Sanctuary’ - the story of Ray Lewis’s life-shaping moments with the ocean growing up in WA and living through World War II, ‘Gone With the Wing’ - which depicts the story of Victorian man Andrew Englisch as he sets out on a world first attempt to cross the Bass Strait on a Wing Foil, ‘Whale Dreaming’ - which shows a Djirringanj Elder sharing how his people have been connected to the whales and dolphins of Yuin country, and ‘Casey the Octopus’ - the story of a Rosebud woman who stumbles across a decision that will either give or take life. Along with screenings of the seven films, the festival will also include filmmaker Q&As, live music, and art and photography exhibitions. “Our aim over the next 10 years is to continue to support independent filmmakers getting their work seen, highlight important ocean environmental causes and continue to foster our audiences’ love of the ocean,” Ms Robinson said.