Award-Winning Films from 2016

This past March, more than 50 filmmakers from nine countries were represented at the 13th Annual IOFF. Each film inspired audiences with striking images and moving stories depicting the power and delicate vulnerability of our oceans. 

Every year the Screening Committee selects the films that best embody IOFF's mission to inspire others to appreciate and care for the ocean to receive awards in various categories. Below are the award winners from this past year.

Director's Award

The Weekend Sailor (Mexico), Bernardo Arsuaga*  75 min

Coastal Culture Award

Speechless – The Polar Realm (New Zealand), Richard Sidey

Conservation Award

On the Brink: Uncharted Waters (USA), Vincent Soberano*  54 min

Environment Award

Sonic Sea (USA), Michelle Dougherty & Daniel Hinerfeld  55 min

Ocean Science Award

Antarctic Edge: 70 Degrees South (USA), Dena Seidel*  72 min

Wildlife Award

Speechless – The Polar Realm (New Zealand), Richard Sidey  44 min

Adventure Award

The Hand of Franklin (Canada), Frank Wolf  52 min

Innovation Award

We Live Underwater (Germany), Hendrik S. Schmitt* & Claudia Schmitt* 7 min

Short Award

The Great Wide Open (Ireland), Ciarán Dooley  10 min


Congratulations to all the winners!