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. Learn more about the festival.

Filmmakers: Submit your film

The call for entries for the 15th Annual IOFF is now open! Film submissions are currently being accepted for consideration for the festival, which takes place March 8 - 11, 2018, at Cowell Theater in Fort Mason, along the northern waterfront of San Francisco.

Official selections for the festival will be announced in January. Learn more and submit your film. Early deadline is October 1, 2017.

What Is the IOFF All About?

Now in its 15th year, the IOFF produces 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 more importantly those that educate and inspire people to actively participate in ocean-specific environmental efforts as well as better ocean stewardship.

The multi-day film festival kicks off with an opening night gala and includes 10 to 12 film programs, featuring three to four films each over the course of the festival.

Post-screening filmmaker Q&A sessions as well as panel discussions with ocean specialists, scientists, industry experts, and filmmakers round out an exciting, informative, and inspiring week of ocean films! More about the IOFF.

Student Education Program

Free Student Screenings | Student Film Competition

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 and the Student Film Competition (now in its 7th year), a dedicated program for student filmmakers, the IOFF loves students! Learn more.

Call For Entries is Now Open

Film submissions for the 15th Annual International Ocean Film Festival (IOFF) are now being accepted.

7th annual student film competition

Student filmmakers: Starting September 1, 2017, you can submit your film for the 7th Annual Student Film Competition! Now is your chance to make a film that's five minutes or less in length and that tells your ocean story. Learn more about the guidelines.

Be inspired by the winning films from the 6th Annual Student Film Competition.

Video: Yuko Inatsuki, 2017 IOFF trailer.