The Premier Venue for Ocean Films

The 15th Annual International Ocean Film Festival (IOFF) is the biggest festival of its kind in North America, featuring dozens of ocean-themed films by independent filmmakers from around our Blue Planet.

March 8 - 11, 2018
Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, on the beautiful San Francisco waterfront

** Festival tickets on sale February 1, 2018 **

How to Festival

Submissions for the 2018 IOFF are now closed. Thanks to all filmmakers who submitted their films!
Official film selections will be announced in January.

Gala Tickets Now On Sale

Learn more about the 15th Annual IOFF Off the Reef Gala Fundraiser and get your tickets soon (space is limited).

Saturday, February 10, 2018
The Pearl, San Francisco

Come toast the IOFF's 15th year with dinner and dancing, join our special guest, Academy Award-winning director Louis Psihoyos, and support the Free Student Education Program!


What Is the IOFF?

Now in its 15th year, the IOFF is an acclaimed festival of independent ocean-related films from all over the world. Themes range from ocean adventure, science, and marine life to sports and coastal cultures.

We look for films that not only entertain audiences but also educate and inspire people to participate in environmental efforts in and around the ocean, as well as promote better ocean stewardship.

Student Film Competition Accepting Submissions

Student filmmakers in middle school and high school, the call for entries for the 7th Annual Student Film Competition (SFC) is open!

We're looking for your short film (five minutes or less) that tells your story about the ocean. The final deadline to submit your film is Monday, January 8, 2018. Learn more about the SFC and submit your film.

Free Student Education Program

The IOFF Free Student Education Program is designed to engage middle school and high school students in ocean education and empowers kids to discover future ocean careers. With free film screenings for students from around the Bay Area plus the Student Film Competition, a dedicated program for student filmmakers, the IOFF loves students! Apply to take a school group to the festival.


Video: Yuko Inatsuki, 2017 IOFF trailer.

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