Inspiring AUDIENCES to Care for the Ocean

Since 2004, the International Ocean Film Festival (IOFF) has been recognized around the world as the premier ocean-themed film festival for its compelling, inspiring, and thought-provoking independent films.

As a nonprofit arts organization, the IOFF relies on the loyalty, passion, and financial contributions of our donors to present four days of special events and the best independent ocean-inspired films from around the world. We couldn’t make it happen without your support! 

Support the IOFF Education Program

In keeping with our mission to inspire people of all ages to care for the ocean, the IOFF believe all young people deserve to have access to the awe-inspiring and educational ocean films that the festival presents. But not all kids have access to the resources that allow them and their families to attend the festival.

The IOFF Ocean Education Program gives students throughout the Bay Area a way to attend the festival free of charge with their school group. Your generosity can help the IOFF host more than 1,200 kids at our special free programs, giving them unique opportunity to experience the ocean in a whole new way—especially important for those kids who don't live near the coast and may rarely (or never) even see the ocean

Learn more about the IOFF Education Program, and please consider contributing to the program through our GoFundMe page. Thank you for your support!

Other Ways to Support the Festival

You can also make a donation to the IOFF online through PayPal or by mailing a check, or support IOFF just by shopping on AmazonSmile. See below for more information.

Donate by check

Please make your check payable to International Ocean Film Festival and mail it to:

International Ocean Film Festival
1007 General Kennedy Avenue, Suite 205
Thoreau Center for Sustainability, The Presidio
San Francisco, CA 94129

Make a donation through PayPal

Support IOFF Through AmazonSmile

For every purchase you make through AmazonSmile, you can direct Amazon to make a charitable donation to the festival. Go to AmazonSmile to designate the festival as your preferred charity.


Your contribution helps underwrite the costs of producing the annual festival, which showcases dozens of stunning ocean-related films — many of which will not be seen again in the Bay Area.

Now in its 14th year, the festival is bigger and better – with special workshops, panel discussions, and film programs like the popular Sharks and Surfing series.

Every dollar you donate goes toward helping us bring the most exciting ocean-inspired films and filmmakers to San Francisco. Contributions also help us expand our outreach to make the films and their messages available to even more people through our Traveling Program, (read more about the Thunder Bay International Film Festival in Alpena, Michigan).

Your donations will also help us reach more students through our growing Free Student Education Program. IOFF plans include expanding this program even further by taking the films into the schools, opening up the wonders and beauty of the ocean to more Bay Area youth. 

IOFF thanks you for your generous support!