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

Registration for the 2017 Education Program will begin on February 1, 2017.  This year 1,500 students are scheduled to attend.


Here are the films students saw as part of the 2016 IOFF Free Education Program:

Selections from the 5th Annual Student Film Competition:

  • The Truth About Sharks
  • Endangered Sea Turtles
  • Oceanic Connection

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