“Oregon’s Edge: The Creative South Coast,” (left) directed by Oregon State’s Darryl Lai of OSU Productions, will be shown during the Big Blue Film Fest.

Sixteen ocean-themed films will be featured during the inaugural Big Blue Film Fest this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27 and 28, at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

The festival is an opportunity to raise awareness about marine issues and engage the community in scientific research in an entertaining way, organizers said. It is a new iteration of the popular Hatfield Marine Science Center Film Festival that ran from 2016 to 2019.

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