Saving the Oceans. One film at a time.

The Shark with a thousand names Poster
The Shark with a thousand names

Rumor has it that some fishermen have a very special relationship with whale sharks. A team of underwater filmmakers and photographers step off the beaten path and take their cameras on a journey deep into an almost unknown region in Indonesia to discover this secret whale shark population, get up close and personal with the animals underwater, and tell a rare story of peaceful coexistence between humans and sharks. A story that we can take something away from.

After dozens of film festival screenings, this film is available online now!

Poster for Hans Hass Pioneer of the Deep ARTE documentary
Hans Hass – Pioneer of the Deep

This is a brand new documentary portrait about Hans Hass (1919-2013), the Austrian biologist and underwater explorer who pioneered our understanding of the flora and fauna of the oceans through ground-breaking films. We contributed underwater footage to this film by Daniela Pulverer and k22 Film; and this time, we also appear in front of the camera to talk about Hans Hass’ influence on our careers and his importance on our work as underwater filmmakers.

Film festival screenings coming soon – read more here!

71% and Rising film poster
71% and Rising

71% and Rising will be the greatest manifesto for the protection of the ocean.

On their investigative journey around the planet, the multi-award-winning underwater cinematographers Claudia and Hendrik Schmitt will unravel the greatest threats for marine ecosystems and find out why we all need to care about the state of our ocean.

Step by step, the filmmakers find out how everything in the ocean is connected and how it influences (human) life on land. The health of our ocean and humanity’s future on this planet are inseparable.

A documentary in the making: Work with us and become part of the 71%

Ocean Adventures

From the Polar Circle to the Equator.

About us

Award-winning filmmakers committed to protect the ocean
Award-winning underwater, nature and wildlife filmmakers

The Jetlagged are award-winning underwater, nature and wildlife filmmakers and passionate for the protection of our ocean. While Hendrik enjoys combining his professional education as director and filmmaker with his passion for the ocean, Claudia builds on her background in media production and quickly developed into an avid underwater videographer, one of the few females in the industry.

The Jetlagged create powerful films about the underwater world from the polar circle to the equator. Confronted with the vulnerability of the Ocean and being eye witness to the destruction it is facing, they decided to become ambassadors of the underwater world. They use their cameras and skills not only to create beautiful films about their diving adventures, but also to focus on documentary films about planet issues like pollution, climate crisis, overfishing and species extinctions – and on the Ocean heroes who are dedicated to the Ocean’s protection and make a difference every day.

With 360° VR films, The Tetlagged have found another way of bringing the ocean even closer to the people: they create virtual experience which totally immerse the viewer in the underwater environment – and give them a feeling of actually being there. Virtual reality projects with immersive storytelling are a truly powerful tool for Ocean conservation.

Over the years, The Jetlagged’s films have reached countless thrilled audiences, both online on social media platforms and on film festivals in many different countries, where all of their films have been able to win international film festival awards.

Claudia and Hendrik


Awards & Achievements

– Awards Selection –

3rd Prize Documentary | CIMASUB Ciclo Internacional de Cine Submarino de Donostia, Spain, 2023
Grand Prix 3rd Prize | 38th International Festival of Diving Films and Photographs MFPF Slovakia, 2023
Best Nordic Short Film | Ocean Films Húsavík, Iceland, 2022
Best Travel Feature | Natur & Tourismus Film Festival Natourale, Germany, 2022
Immersive Storytelling Award | The MY HERO International Short Film Festival, USA, 2021
Audience Award – Best Short Film for Kids | Green Screen International Nature Film Festival Germany, 2021
1st Prize Long Documentary | CIMASUB Ciclo Internacional de Cine Submarino de Donostia, Spain, 2020
1st Prize Best Beach & Sea Film | Arrábida Film Art & Tourism Festival, Portugal 2019
Best Ocean Film | Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, USA, 2018
Best of the Best | Silently 6 Underwater Movie Festival, Serbia, 2018
Nominee Best Newcomer | Green Screen International Natur Film Festival Germany, 2018
Audience Award – Best Short Film for Kids | Green Screen International Nature Film Festival Germany, 2017
Innovation Award | San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival, USA, 2016

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