About Cuff

The Cairns Underwater Film Festival is now in its 8th successive year, in 2013 the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, Minke Whale Project and The Tangaroa Blue Foundation were the funding recipients. The event is staged by a volunteer board and run as a not for profit organisation, giving back to the local community.

Cairns Underwater Film Festival is all about celebrating the underwater world and getting out there: enjoying it, minimising our impact and preserving it for future.

Each year Cairns Underwater Film Festival puts its profits back into the marine environment through local projects and organisations, in 2012 the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre and the Minke Whale Project were the funding recipients. Read more about who we support.

Attendees of the Film Festival and participants of the Underwater Film and Photo Competition can take pride in knowing they are contributing to the welfare of these iconic local species.Cairns Underwater Film Festival 2012 Board

The 2014 Cairns Underwater Film Festival board is:

  • President – Mike Ball
  • Treasurer – Sam Roberts
  • Sponsorship – Christian Miller
  • Communications – Louise Bernstein
  • Films – Stuart Ireland
  • Photo Competition – Tracey Hale
  • Web – Richard Johnston
  • Secretary – Lisa Buchanan

The Cairns Underwater Film Festival was founded and run by Christian Botella until 2011 when he handed the festival over to a volunteer board who set the festival up as a not-for-profit.