Free Films for Students

SFIOFF'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, SFIOFF 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

Spaces for the 2016 Education Program are filled. This year 1,500 students are scheduled to attend.


Here are the films students will see as part of the 2016 SFIOFF Free Education Program:

Selections from the 5th Annual Student Film Competition:

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

Our Vision

SFIOFF'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 SFIOFF 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