Assemble now your best underwater video film footage for the SCUBA Show 2009 underwater film festival. The 22nd annual SCUBA Show is the largest dive expo of its type in the U.S. and this year takes place May 30-31 (the weekend after Memorial Day) at the Long Beach Convention Center.

One of the most popular portions of the annual Southern California SCUBA Show has been the unique continuous film festival. Films will be projected digitally on a massive screen and viewed by thousands of attendees. Featured at past film festivals have been footage and films from some of the world’s greatest underwater cinematographers. Even so, some of the most well received films have been from non-professional and semi-professional underwater camera operators.

For this year’s show, the film festival will be wide open to this talented group. The management of the popular annual dive convention is conducting an aggressive all-out search for the best in underwater video films. They are also opening up the category to include digital still presentations set to music or narration. Films and digital slide shows of 5 to 25 minutes in length are preferred, but shorter is usually better. Footage can be from anywhere in the world, but the video should contain at least 50 percent underwater footage. Those films accepted for screening will be paid an honorarium.

Deadline for DVD submission is March 17, 2009. For a complete guideline sheet on submissions, call (310) 792-2333, e-mail or view the guidelines web page at