Winner of the GSCA Film Awards for Best Film, Best Film for Lifelong Learning and Best Cinematography

Ancient Caves brings science and adventure together as it follows paleoclimatologist Dr. Gina Moseley on a mission to unlock the secrets of the Earth’s climate in the most unlikely of places: caves. Moseley and her team of cave explorers travel the world exploring vast underground worlds in search of stalagmite samples – geologic “fingerprints” – that reveal clues about the planet’s climate history. Their quest leads them to some of the world’s most remote caves, both above and below the water, in France, Iceland, the Bahamas, the U.S. and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Together, they go where very few humans will ever go, revealing the incredible lengths scientists will go to study the unknown.

Produced by Oceanic Research Group Films with support from the Giant Dome Theater Consortium. Presented by MacGillivray Freeman Films.

Narrated by Bryan Cranston

Release: March 13, 2020

Runtime: 40 minutes

Reviews and Honors

“Ancient Caves is a triumph for the format, delivering both truly rare visual wonders and the kind of deliberate, substantive scientific education that hasn’t always made it through the cute-penguin montages…of past dome films.”
The Tangential

  • Best Film, Short Subject – 2020 GSCA Achievement Awards
  • Best Film for Lifelong Learning – 2020 GSCA Achievement Awards
  • Best Cinematography – 2020 GSCA Achievement Awards
  • Official Selection – 2020 Academia Film Olomouc
  • Official Selection – 2020 National Museum of Natural Science Film Expo, Taiwan
  • Intrepid Award – 2020 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
  • Silver Award, Science & Technology– 2021 New York Festivals TV & Film Awards

Check out how the filmmakers got such amazing shots in these behind-the-scenes videos

  • “These deep underwater caves are other-worldly, like something straight out of sci-fi film, and viewers can expect to see things they’ve never seen before. The film has something for everyone, whether it's adventure, science or just pure beauty.”

    Jonathan Bird
    Jonathan BirdDirector, Ancient Caves
For Educators

Invite your students to have a learning experience they won’t forget! Book a field trip to see Ancient Caves and become immersed in the geology, environmental sciences, physics and other key school curriculum. Download the Educator Guide for hands-on activities aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core ELA and Social Studies. Schedule your field trip now by contacting your local IMAX theatre for information about special group programs.


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