The Free Student Education Program
Sine 2006 the SFIOFF has been hosting a Free Student Education Program for middle and high school students featuring exciting and inspirational ocean-themed films curated from the main film festival program. Following each screening, students participate in Q&A sessions with filmmakers, marine scientists and industry experts. Our aim is to educate and inspire youth to take an active role in protecting our vital ocean ecosystems and encourage youth participation in the arts and documentary filmmaking, while learning more about ocean related careers. In March 2015, the SFIOFF will be celebrating its 9th Annual Free Student Education Program.
In 2014 the program attracted more than 1,100 students from schools around Northern California. Students and teachers are recruited in the fall prior to the film festival and are invited to attend. Spaces fill up quickly and are on a first come, first served basis.
Want to volunteer for the Free Student Education Program? We're looking for an outgoing and enthusiastic outreach coordinator to help us recruit new Bay Area middle school and high schools and invite them to the free screenings. For more information and to aply please view our listing: Educaton Program Outreach Specialist.
For visit our website page about our 4th Annual Student Film Competition, please click here.
2014 Free Student Education Program Films
Une Balade de la Mer (A Trip to the Sea)
The Sunnydale Kids
The Whale Story
In Harmony with the Whales
A Strange Story
Ain't No Fish
Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
Selections from the 2014 Student Film Competition
- Extending our mission to many more students through road shows in the Bay Area and beyond, also producing a live, televised simulcast of our two-day festival, providing a “live experience” of our film screenings and Q&A sessions with film makers and scientists in real time.
- Creating a competition and awards program for best student films – serving to inspire budding documentary film makers.
- Establish SFIOFF as a working forum for Bay Area film and environmental studies programs. SFIOFF will provide an opportunity for students from diverse backgrounds and schools to gather and learn from each other as well as from experts from around the world.
For More Information
Due to great demand and limited seating in the SFIOFF Education Program, be sure to reserve your seating for your school soon by contacting our Education Program Coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (415) 561-6251. Admission is by a reserve-in-advance voucher only.