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Dear Friends and Fans of MFPF High Tatras 2017 In recent years, we’ve noticed a decline in the number of MFPF entrants in both film and photography. In an effort to reverse this trend and encourage more festival participation we wish this year to emphasize the importance of the amateur filmmaker and/or photographer. Even if you’ve never competed before we invite you to bring your works into the public eye. Go through your film and photo archives, pull up your computer files, pick your favorite material and assemble your films and portfolios. Once completed, submit your work to the IFDF 2017 competition and see how it compares with that of your fellow divers. We are certain that the atmosphere created by this friendly competition will lead to an exchange of ideas on technique, style, diving locations, camera equipment etc. and inspire many to move ahead with new projects. We encourage all competitors and other interested individuals to attend the festival in person to enjoy, in addition to the exhibition of underwater films and photos, the many other activities offered. Join us for the annual “Clean Water” event which affords divers the opportunity to participate in cleaning litter from selected Tatra lakes. Bring your diving gear and support this important function while diving in the the picturesque High Tatras Mountains. During free time in the evenings guests are encouraged to participate in both scheduled and impromptu gatherings of divers to debate and discuss the art, science and sport of diving activities. Our festival venue for 2017 is the Hotel Pieris *** Podbanske which offers extensive wellness facilities for hotel guests and as well boasts an excellent dance floor. Additionally, space will be provided for diving clubs to set up displays and provide information about their individual club activities and programs. You will no doubt enjoy your stay here. IFDF has a rich history highlighted by inspiring film and photography and notable guest speakers through the years including Jean-Michel Cousteau, white shark “guru” Andre Hartman, Peter Ac, Ludovit Hanak, Richard Jaroněk, Steve L. Lichtag and photographer and filmmaker Milan Czapay. This year we will continue with the “Diving Evening” guest speaker and Q&A program where interesting and timely topics will be discussed.