A new feature documentary about the global movement to protect the sea will be screened in Port Macquarie later this month.
Director of The Map to Paradise Danielle Ryan said she wanted to create a film which "helps to reshape the mainstream narrative from doom and gloom to one of hope and courage."
" I wanted to create a documentary where people leave the theatre with a smile," she said.
The film looks at creating positive change around ocean stewardship.
It is filmed across six continents including Australia.
Ms Ryan said the film is pitched at coastal communities.
"We made this film so communities get a chance to see how a movement to protect nature is made and so they can use it to talk about protecting nature in their own backyard."
Port Macquarie was chosen as a location for a screening because of its proximity to Lord Howe Island.
"Lord Howe is home to some of the most pristine protected areas on the land and the sea around the planet," Ms Ryan said.
"However we have heard that there is a bit of groundswell trying to reverse protections of the sea in this area.
"The screening is an opportunity for locals to think about this and talk about the importance of keeping places protected."
Ms Ryan from Sydney made the documentary with her partner James Sherwood.
"For me working with a co-director, who is also my partner in life made a huge difference, there are so many highs and lows you've got to get through when you are trying to create a big long-term project."
Ms Ryan described making the film as a "David and Goliath project" which was helped by the support of Hollywood actor Martin Sheen who took on the role of executive producer.
The film will screen on Thursday March 21 at Majestic Cinemas in Port Macquarie. For tickets go here.