Free Films for Students

IOFF's Free Student Education Program presents film screenings for students and Q&A sessions with filmmakers, marine scientists, and industry experts.

Through the Education Program, IOFF aims to educate and inspire youth to:

  • Take an active role in protecting our vital ocean ecosystems
  • Participate in the arts and documentary filmmaking
  • Learn more about ocean-related careers

The deadline to register for the 2017 Education Program ended on February 17, 2017. If you have any questions please email us at 

The 2017 LINEUP

We're expecting 1,200 students to attend the 2017 IOFF Education Program! This year we're screening 11 films for the program, with filmmakers from four of those films scheduled to attend for a live Q&A with students. The films are:

Plus selections from the 6th Annual Student Film Competition:

  • Ocean Acidification
  • Hang Onto Your Butts
  • Through the Storm Drain

Our Vision

IOFF's vision for the Free Student Education Program is to:

  • Extend our mission to many more students through road shows in the Bay Area and beyond
  • Provide a "live experience" of our film screenings and Q&A sessions with filmmakers and scientists in real time
  • Create a competition and awards program for best student films, serving to inspire budding documentary filmmakers
  • Establish IOFF as a working forum for Bay Area film studies and environmental studies programs
  • Provide students from diverse backgrounds and schools the opportunity to gather and learn — from each other and from experts from around the world

When you donate to the festival, your dollars help us reach students around the Bay and Northern California.