Free Ocean Films for Students

Click the image to view the flyer.

Click the image to view the flyer.

The International Ocean Film Festival (IOFF) Free Student Education Program presents film screenings and Q&A sessions with filmmakers, marine scientists, and industry experts — all in special daytime programs for middle school and high school students. 

Register Today

Reserve space at the 2018 IOFF Free Education Program for your school group of students grades 6 through 12 — it all happens Thursday, March 8 and Friday, March 9, 2018. Register soon: the deadline is February 1, 2018.

A limited number of charter buses will be available for school groups that need transportation. Apply when you register for the 2018 Free Student Education Program.

For more information email us at

Register today, before available spaces fill up! 

About the Free Education Program

Through the Education Program, the 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

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us



New Filmmaker in the Classroom Program

Can't get your students to the festival? We're excited to announce a brand new program that brings ocean filmmakers to your school! Learn more.

Presented in partnership with the California Coastal Commission's Protect Our Coast and Oceans Fund.


Last Year's Film Lineup

To get an idea of the awesome and educational films your students will see, here's a listing of the films screened at the 2017 Free Student Education Program:

Plus selections from the 6th Annual Student Film Competition:

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.