The International Ocean Film Festival (IOFF) is the premier ocean film festival of its kind in North America.

Now in its 15th year, IOFF has produced an acclaimed festival of independent ocean-related films from all over the world. Themes range from ocean adventure, science, marine life, sports and ocean coastal cultures. The films are not only intended to entertain the audience, but more importantly, to educate and encourage active participation in ocean-specific environmental efforts and better ocean stewardship.

The 15th Annual IOFF takes place on March 8 - 11, 2018 at Cowell Theater, in Fort Mason along the northern waterfront of San Francisco, California. The multi-day film festival kicks off with an opening night film and consists of 10 to 12 programs with each program featuring three to four films. Special programs may focus on topics such as marine wildlife, ocean conservation efforts, environmental issues, coastal cultures and how they engage with the ocean, surfing, sharks, diving, and other subject matter depending on the variety and number of submissions. Programs will include post-screening filmmaker Q&A sessions as well as several panel discussions with ocean specialists, scientists, industry experts, filmmakers and more.

Two major components of the IOFF Education Program are designed to increase the engagement of middle school and high school students in learning about the ocean and discovering potential careers related to the ocean. The 12th Annual Free Student Education Program offers free film screenings to students from around the Bay Area, and the 7th Annual Student Film Competition offers a dedicated program featuring the top finalists of all film submissions that are less than 5 minutes and tell a story about the ocean.

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

The Call for Entries for the 7th Annual Student Film Competition will open on September 1, 2017. 

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


Video: Yuko Inatsuki, 2017 IOFF trailer.

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