Films & Presentations


AFC Films 

Art & Conservation in the Caymans

This short film (~22 mins) features an international expedition of painters and sculptors led by renowned marine artist and conservationist Guy Harvey, through an underwater tropical Eden. Experience an artistic adventure in one of the world's most pristine and spectacular diving locations. Join the artists as they seek close encounters with gregarious stingrays, critically endangered sea turtles, massive marlin and invasive lion fish. Learn how a Caymanian marine biologist-turned-artist is championing international marine conservation efforts and how an international group of artists is working to help protect an underwater paradise and share it with the world before it is lost. Watch the trailer.

The Soysambu Legacy – Art & Conservation in Africa’s Rift Valley 

In Africa's Great Rift Valley is a 48,000 acre ranch called Soysambu, cradled between some of Kenya's most spectacular natural landmarks. Experience Africa and the story of one of the world's most successful wildlife painters who fought to conserve endangered species and one of Kenya's most precious and unique areas. The film tells the remarkable story of the passion of Simon Combes, who was tragically killed in 2004 by a charging Cape Buffalo, doing what he loved, and how his son Guy and widow Kat are bravely carrying on his legacy through art and conservation activism. Learn more about Soysambu ConservancyWatch the trailer.

How an Artist Saved the Mountain Gorilla 

How an Artist Saved the Mountain Gorilla is a fascinating film on the relationship between art and conservation, wrapped in an exciting journey that sees two artists retrace the footsteps of legendary explorer Carl Akeley deep into the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda and the Congo, to uncover the mysteries of the man who is credited with saving the Mountain Gorilla from extinction and founding Africa's first National Park nearly 100 years ago. Watch the trailer.


Previous Festival Films (Available for Streaming) 

Pride: The Lions of Soysambu

Join Guy Combes and Will Richardson on Facebook Live. “Pride: The Lions of Soysambu” is an in-depth look at grass-roots conservation in action, of the power of nature to inspire art, the power of art to inspire change, and a people’s pride in their land, livelihood, and wildlife.



RETURNING began as a sailing journey where we searched for people whose lives and livelihoods were connected to the natural world of the Salish Sea. Over two years in the making, RETURNING will whet the appetite of viewers who savour a new pact with nature and those who have fallen for the siren call of the Salish Sea. Driven by a passion to seek culture inspired by nature, scientist Rob Butler takes us on a journey through the Salish Sea that begs the question.. “what would it take to re-connect?” Watch the trailer.

Reflections: Art for an Oil Free Coast

Five-hundred kilometres north of Vancouver is a wild coastline: home to the Spirit Bear and whales, wolf packs and grizzlies, First Nations and coastal communities. With the looming threat of a proposed oil pipeline and hundreds of oil tankers a year, it is a magical place on edge. This film shares the story of an expedition involving 50 artists, and takes viewers into a stunning and remote landscape, weaving together the artists' work and their emotional response to a region at risk and the people that depend on it.  Watch the trailer.

This is Your Ocean: Sharks - Part 2

Legendary Marine Biologist Sylvia Earle narrates the story of Guy Harvey, Jim Abernethy and Wyland as they return to Tiger Beach in the Bahamas. You'll see why the world's sharks still face an uncertain future and you'll witness the continuing story of Emma the Tiger Shark, one of the world's most photographed wild animals. It's an adventure that will have you seeing sharks in a brand new way. Watch the trailer.



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This is Your Ocean: Sharks (Part 1)

Three of the world's top artists shatter your perception of sharks. Dive into the world of sharks through the eyes of Wyland, Guy Harvey and Jim Abernethy. These amazing artists take you into the crystal-clear waters of the Bahamas, a vital shark sanctuary where you'll meet Emma, a 14-foot Tiger Shark you'll never forget. You'll also learn why it's critical to protect the ocean's remaining sharks. Watch the trailer.


We acknowledge that the Artists for Conservation Festival takes place on the traditional unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia.

2023 Program