A Pacific Whale Foundation fundraiser

Thank you to all the filmmakers who have showcased their films in person and online throughout the years. We at Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) are forever grateful and encourage you to continue submitting films that support global awareness, coming together in action and raising funds for PWF’s worldwide research, education and conservation initiatives.


The 2023 7th Annual World Whale Film Festival showcases films by powerful storytellers from around the world. Inspiring action for a better, bluer future, WWFF raises awareness about the ocean, marine wildlife conservation, Indigenous ecological knowledge, environmental stewardship, and solutions for the ocean and humankind—as our future is connected.
The annual festival takes place during World Ocean month, beginning June 8, and includes in-person and online events that:

  • Increase global awareness
  • Connect film viewers, filmmakers and organizations to further conservation action
  • Raise funds for PWF’s mission to protect the ocean through science and advocacy and inspire environmental stewardship

The in-person events include the screening of official selections at OCEAN Organic Farm & Distillery on June 8, a vital PWF partner, and a VIP Cruise on June 9 with Filmmakers sponsored by PacWhale Eco-Adventures.

Support ocean Research, Education and Conservation with your ticket



6th WWFF

Mahalo for celebrating World Ocean Day 2022 with Pacific Whale Foundation with our 6th Annual World Whale Film Festival: Inspiring action for a better, bluer future Read More …

5th WWFF

Mahalo for celebrating World Ocean Day with us at our 5th Annual World Whale Film Festival at Ocean Vodka on June 8, 2021. It was a wonderful evening of films showcasing storytellers from all over the world as they addressed the issues facing our ocean and promote awareness. Read More …

4th WWFF

The 4th annual World Whale Film Festival is here! This event has proven to be a lasting and powerful addition to our Maui Whale Festival. The Film Festival promotes visual storytellers who are passionate about our oceans and tell powerful stories about ocean and wildlife conservation at home and around the world. Tickets are only $10 ($20 VIP) and all proceeds benefit Pacific Whale Foundation’s mission to protect the ocean through science and advocacy and inspire environmental stewardship. Before the films begin, browse our interactive, educational booths and grab dinner at 808 on Main, Umi sushi restaurant, or one of the local food trucks that will be there.

We are thrilled to have Wailuku-born Kaimana Brummel as our emcee for the event! Read More …

Founded by PWF’s late founder, Greg Kaufman, and his wife and PWF documentary filmmaker, Selket Kaufman, WWFF has expanded significantly since its inaugural year. Here are the links to Selket Kaufman’s films.

Ocean GuardiansA Voice for Whales

For questions email [email protected].

Mahalo to 7th Annual World Whale Film Festival Sponsors


Host Sponsor VIP Cruise Sponsor Zero Waste Sponsor

Hawaii Visitor Update

Aloha, We Are Open!  Our PacWhale Eco-Adventures are open for booking as we welcome visitors back to Maui.  Quarantine restrictions were lifted on Oct. 15th for those following the state’s pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirements.