In the heart of every angler beats a deep love for the waterways that provide not just the thrill of the catch, but also moments of tranquility and connection with nature. As avid fishermen and stewards of the environment, we, Dean Jackson and Benny Glass, co-founders of the BCF Topwater Film Invitational, embarked on a journey to create an event that marries our passions for fishing, creativity, and conservation. Hosted by SCF Australia, an influential figure in the fishing community, the BCF Topwater Film Invitational has become a celebration of these passions and a platform to drive positive change.
Our inspiration for the TFI germinated from the realization that the fishing community is a reservoir of incredible talent, both on the water and behind the lens. Talented individuals were capturing breathtaking moments, sharing them online, and advocating for the protection of waterways and marine life. This powerful advocacy and creativity needed a stage that could magnify its impact. That's when the idea of the BCF Topwater Film Invitational began to take shape.
As passionate anglers, we understand that fishing isn't just a pastime; it's a way of life. It's essential to safeguard the pristine beauty of our waterways, ensuring they remain vibrant and abundant for generations to come. With this core belief, the TFI was born to embody the ethos of sustainable fishing, clean waterways, and the protection of the interests of future generations. The event was envisioned as a dual-purpose platform: raising awareness about environmental issues related to our precious water bodies and channeling much-needed funds to address these concerns.
The Great Barrier Reef, often dubbed the seventh natural wonder of the world, stands as the focal point of the 2022 BCF TFI. Home to over 1,500 species of tropical fish and being the largest living organism on Earth, the reef is not just a natural marvel; it's a testament to the beauty and richness of our oceans. It was our belief that by showcasing the reef's splendor, recreational fishing opportunities, and unique cultural experiences, we could effectively communicate the urgent need for its preservation. The reef's grandeur serves as a poignant reminder of our duty to protect this global treasure.
Dean Jackson passionately expressed, "There are so many talented fishos and creatives out there doing incredible things advocating for your waterways and marine life. We all love getting out and doing what we love, and it is so important to protect and conserve our beautiful way of life for generations to come."
In a world governed by algorithms and ever-changing online landscapes, the BCF Topwater Film Invitational stands as a beacon of creative freedom. Ten teams compete to create content that transcends the boundaries of mainstream platforms. Unfettered by algorithms, the TFI encourages unrestricted creativity, inviting anglers to share their experiences in a way that truly reflects their passion and artistry.
As co-founders, we're immensely proud of what the BCF Topwater Film Invitational has become—an event that celebrates fishing, creativity, and conservation. With SCF Australia as our host and partner, the TFI is not just an invitational; it's a movement. A movement that amplifies the voices of anglers, filmmakers, and conservationists, all united by their love for the water.
From the tranquil waters to the exhilarating catches, every element of the TFI is a testament to the magnificence of our waterways and the urgency of their protection. Together, we can inspire change, raise awareness, and contribute to the safeguarding of these precious resources.
Dean Jackson & Benny Glass
Co-Founders, BCF Topwater Film Invitational