Free Educational Films for Students
Since 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.
Student Film Competition
Students and families of all ages can also attend the Student Film Competition, a special program on Sunday morning during the festival. It's free to attend, but you need to register for Program 7 on our Eventbrite site to get your free tickets.
2015 Educational Program Films
The Student Education Program aims to educate and inspire youth to take an active role in protecting our vital ocean ecosystems, participate in the arts and documentary filmmaking, and learn more about ocean-related careers.
Student groups attend a film screening then participate in educational Q&A sessions with filmmakers, marine scientists, and industry experts.
Spaces fill up quickly and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Kristine Okimura, SFIOFF's Education Program Coordinator, at email@example.com, or call (415) 561-6251
2015 Free Student Education Program Lineup
Sea Legend – Germany, 5 min
Of Whale and Men – USA, 7 min
Steve Shirley: Shark Tagger – USA, 11 min
The Big Pick – UK, 6 min
Net Positiva – USA, 11 min
Deep Look – Pygmy Seahorses: Masters of Camouflage – USA, 2 min
Duct Tape Surfing – Australia, 4 min
Coralax – USA, 6 min
The Odd Couple – Scotland, 5 min
Plus selections from the 2015 Student Film Competition
To register your school group for the program, contact Kristine Okimura, SFIOFF's Education Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (415) 561-6251.
Education Program Vision
SFIOFF's vision for the Free Student Education Program involves:
- Extending our mission to many more students through road shows in the Bay Area and beyond; producing a live, televised simulcast of our two-day festival; and providing a "live experience" of our film screenings and Q&A sessions with filmmakers and scientists in real time.
- Creating a competition and awards program for best student films, serving to inspire budding documentary film makers.
- Establishing SFIOFF as a working forum for Bay Area film and environmental studies programs, and providing 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.