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Splash zone: Ocean Film Festival to tour Scotland

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Image caption A scene from the film Gold of Bengal

An international festival featuring short films shot at locations in the world's seas and oceans is to visit three Scottish venues later this year.

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour was brought to Scotland for the first time last year and visited Edinburgh and Inverness.

It will be at Edinburgh's Festival Theatre on 14 September and return to Inverness's Eden Court on 15 September.

The University of Glasgow will stage the festival on 22 October.

Venues in England and Wales are also part of the tour.

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Image caption India's First Surfer Girl follows Ishita Malaviya
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Image caption Malaviya faced negative attitudes to her decision to become a surfer
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Image caption A scene from Australian short The Right
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Image caption The Right is the name given to huge waves that break off the coast of Western Australia
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Image caption Surfing is also the subject of The Accord
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Image caption The Accord tells of Iceland's first and only professional surfer

Many of the short films deal with the pursuit of water sports and expeditions in harsh environments.

These include Kayaking the Aleutians about British explorers Justine Curgenven and Sarah Outen's bid to paddle 1,553 miles (2,500km) along the Aleutian chain of islands in Alaska.

The women spent 101 days battling high winds, rough seas and unexpected powerful currents and also had close encounters with bears.

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Image caption Kayaking Aleutians is a film about endurance in sea off Alaska
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Image caption The film was made by British explorers Justine Curgenven and Sarah Outen
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Image caption Wild weather - and bears - dominate the short Kayaking Aleutians

Iceland's first and only professional surfer, Heiðar Logi Elíasson, is the subject of The Accord, while India's First Surfer Girl tells of Ishita Malaviya's experience of challenging negative attitudes and stereotypes to her becoming her country's first female surfer.

In an introduction to her film, Malaviya said: "In India women are expected to get an education, find a job, get married and then make babies."

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Image caption A voyage is the subject of Gold of Bengal
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Image caption Gold of Bengal's boat has a vegetable garden and egg-laying hens

The Right, another of the films, tells of Australian Gold Coast surfer Ryan Hippwood's efforts to ride on one of the world's most dangerous and unpredictable waves.

Dubbed The Right, the waves break off the coast of Western Australia.

Frenchman Corentin de Chatelperron's six-month voyage through the islands of Indonesia on a boat with two egg-laying hens and a small greenhouse to grow potatoes is the subject of Gold of Bengal.

One Voice examines the threats to the survival of North Pacific humpback whales.

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Image caption A close encounter with a humpback whale in One Voice
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Image caption The short examines the threats to the large whale species
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Image caption The festival is to tour Scottish venues later this year

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