Festival Information for Filmmakers

Filmmakers, welcome to the 14th Annual International Ocean Film Festival held in San Francisco! Here's where you can find information about the festival and get updates leading up to the festival that runs March 9 - 12, 2017.

Hotel Information

Take advantage of exclusive IOFF filmmaker rates at Hotel Zephyr, a new hotel at Fisherman's Wharf. To make a reservation at the special rate, email Kayley Kim at kayley@oceanfilmfest.org.

For other hotels, we suggest you consult Hotels.com and search for hotels in the Fisherman's Wharf, Marina, and North Beach neighborhoods. 

Schedule of Filmmaker Events

THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017, 5:30 PM
Opening Night Films - Oceanic Connection and Chapter One 
Walk the Blue Carpet and enjoy the evening with ocean-loving guests as we mingle with ocean enthusiasts from around the world and kick off the film festival.


THURSDAY, MARCH 9 – SUNDAY, MARCH 12
The International Ocean Film Festival: Twelve programs of ocean-inspired films and panel discussions. Check out the complete film lineup.  


SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2016, 6:00 PM
Wrap Party at the Dolphin Club, Aquatic Park, San Francisco
Join our staff, volunteers, and other filmmakers as we close the festival with a celebratory wrap party at the Dolphin Club, San Francisco’s historic swimming and boating club! Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres, sweets, and a cash bar. Free to filmmakers and their guests. 

Festival Venues

All screenings take place in Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center. Fort Mason is located in San Francisco at Marina Boulevard and Laguna Street. Map to Fort Mason    

Enter Fort Mason at Laguna Street and Marina Boulevard, then walk through the parking lot toward the water and look for the signs for Herbst Pavilion. Cowell Theater is inside Herbst Pavilion: Continue down the walkway on the left side of the building, along the water, until you come to the theater entrance. 

Transportation and Parking

Parking in the area is extremely limited, and we strongly recommend using taxi or ride-hail services, or taking public transit. If you're staying in nearby Fisherman's Wharf or the Marina district, you may also find that walking is a good option.

The Fort Mason Center parking lot offers a limited amount of parking. Parking fees at Fort Mason are in effect from 7:00 am to 12:00 midnight every day. 

Please note there are often several events occurring at Fort Mason simultaneously.

Street parking is available on a limited basis. Find other parking options at Parkopedia