The Premier Venue for Ocean Films

The view from Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, home to the IOFF, March 8 - 11, 2018.

The view from Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, home to the IOFF, March 8 - 11, 2018.

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

Countdown to the IOFF

The festival is just a few short months away!
Start making plans now. 
How to Festival

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.

Filmmakers: Submit Your Film

The call for entries for the 15th Annual IOFF is 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. Regular deadline is November 30, 2017.

Student Film Competition Now 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.

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.