13th Annual San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival
Hit the Beach, Make a Film!
Students, summer is almost here . . . why not use the break to make your very own film about the ocean? You could win $500 and a chance to see your film on the big screen!
We open up the competition well before the January 11, 2016 deadline so you have the summer to get started creating your film.
You Can Be Part of the Festival!
The three top winners in each category—middle school and high school—will receive a prize (up to $500!) and will have their films screened at the 2016 San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival!
Ideas and Inspiration
Need some ideas to get started? Check out these filmmaking resources.
Want to see some examples of this past year's student films? Watch the winning films from the 2015 Student Film Competition here.
Get Started Today
The deadline is January 11, 2016. But films can take time to create and edit, so it's a good idea to start as soon as possible. Summer is a great time to do a film project!
Be sure to read the competition rules before you start. If you have any questions after that, please contact us at email@example.com or call our office at (415) 561-6251.
We look forward to seeing your films, and good luck!
Monday, June 8th is World Oceans Day
World Oceans Day is a global day of celebration and a chance to take action to help make sure our oceans are healthy for future generations.
Here's why it's critical that we do something now:
Follow SFIOFF on Twitter to find out about World Oceans Day events that are happening in your area on June 8. But you don't have to wait until June. Here are some things you can do now:
Take the Better Bag Challenge. Every year, more than 8 million tons of plastic trash ends up in our oceans, leaking toxins and choking marine animals. Make the commitment to reduce plastic use by refusing plastic bags, and get involved in spreading the word.
Avoid using products with microbeads: Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic in facial scrubs and other personal care products. We can hardly see them, but they end up in lakes, oceans, and coastal environments, polluting for a long time and causing harm to marine life. Learn more and find out which products contain microbeads.
Cut down on all plastics. Try to decrease use of bottled water, utensils, and anything that is wrapped in plastic. Much of this waste ends up in the ocean. (Americans alone throw away 35 billion plastic water bottles per year, according to Plastic Oceans).
Sign up for a community cleanup group or event in your area. There are plenty of beach cleanup events and groups in the Bay Area, and they're fun! Check out Surfrider Foundation's San Francisco Chapter and Marin Chapter, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.
Organize a company volunteer day. Do a team beach cleanup, create artwork for the community, or adopt a beach to make a difference year-round. Find out how on the World Oceans Day website.
Eat seafood that's sustainable. The type of fish you order at a restaurant or buy at the fishmarket is a "vote." The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch site has a great tool for finding the best choices for the ocean. There's a smartphone app, too!
Talk about World Oceans Day on social media. Tell your friends and networks about World Oceans Day and how getting out and volunteering can make a difference in healthy oceans, beach cleanliness, and marine life conservation. Some hashtags to use: #WorldOceansDay, #BetterBagChallenge, #HealthyOceans, #CoastalCleanupDay, #sustainable, #protect, #marine, #environment, #hugabeach, #BanTheBead.
Follow ocean advocacy organizations on Twitter: Besides SFIOFF, here are a few others: @theoceanproject, @WorldOceansDay, @CelebrateOceans, @OurOcean, @Surfrider, @SFSurfrider, and SFIOFF community partner @5Gyres along with all our other partners and sponsors.
Learn more from Ecowatch about a new app from the North Sea Foundation and the Plastic Soup Foundation to help you identify and avoid products that use microbeads.
Read the complete State of the Ocean report.
Read more about World Oceans Day and its history.
About the Festival
The San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival (SFIOFF) is proud to be North America’s premier film event for ocean-related independent films.
Top photo credit: Ernst Stewart, from the film Shark Girl (2014).