2017 Festival Information

Welcome to the 14th Annual San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival! It's all happening between March 2 and 12, 2017. Here's the information you need to attend—how it works, where to stay, how to get around, and how to get the most out of your festival experience. 

We'll post more information here in the coming weeks, so be sure to check back. Watch for the full film lineup to be announced soon!


The festival kicks off with the Off the Reef Gala Fundraiser on Thursday, March 2 at the Golden Gate Club in The Presidio.

Opening night for the films is Thursday, March 9, and screenings continue Friday afternoon and evening, all day Saturday, and all day Sunday. The festival screens dozens of films, from shorts to feature-length, animation and live-action, from countries all over the world. Many filmmakers will be in attendance for Q&As and panel discussions. 


Tickets to the gala and festival go on sale starting Thursday, February 2. For the films, you can buy tickets to a single program comprising a combination of shorts, medium-length, and a longer feature film. Or purchase a Film Pass or All-Access Festival Pass to get the full festival experience.

Off the Reef Gala: Individual ticket: $175 individual, Table of twelve: $1,800

Thursday, March 2, 2017, at the Golden Gate Club, The Presidio. The kick-off event for the 14th Annual IOFF features a cocktail reception and silent auction, dinner and live auction, presentation of the Ocean Champion Award, live music and dancing featuring dance party cover band The Overcommitments.

2017 All-Access Festival Pass: $295
Includes entry into the Off the Reef Gala Fundraiser plus all films and panel discussions at the film festival.

2017 Film Pass: $150
Includes entry to all festival films and panel discussions.

More information about tickets will be posted soon!


All festival film screenings take place at:

Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center
2 Marina Boulevard (at Buchanan Street), Pier 2
San Francisco, CA 94123

Panel discussions (Saturday, March 11 and Sunday March 12):

Firehouse, Fort Mason Center.

Off the Reef Gala

Off the Reef Gala takes place at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio on Thursday, March 2. Map


The Cowell Theater is located adjacent to Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center.  As you enter Fort Mason from Marina Boulevard, walk through the parking lot toward the water and look for the signs for Herbst Pavilion (on the pier).  Continue down the walkway on the left side of the building until you come to the theater entrance. 


Parking in the area is limited and use of public transportation or taxis/ride-hail services is recommended. 

There are three Muni bus lines that run near the festival: 43 - Masonic, 28 - 19th Avenue, and 49 - Van Ness/Mission. For complete information about public transportation and to plan your trip, visit transit.511.org.

Getting to Fort Mason

From the East Bay:
Bay Bridge to the Fremont Street exit, then take the first right onto Howard and go left on Embarcadero. Continue for 1.3 miles; turn left on Bay and continue for 1.4 miles. Turn right on Buchanan. Cross Marina Blvd. and make a sharp right into Fort Mason Center.

From the North Bay:
Golden Gate Bridge (US 101) to the Marina exit. After 1.5 miles, turn left at Buchanan then right into Fort Mason Center.

From the Peninsula/South Bay:
US 101 North to 9th St. Exit; Take 9th St. across Market, then turn left on Hayes and right on Franklin; continue for about 2 miles. Turn left on Bay St. and then right on Buchanan. Cross Marina Blvd. and make a sharp right into Fort Mason Center.


The Fort Mason Center parking lot offers a limited amount of parking, with fees in effect from 7:00am to 12:00 midnight every day. Please note there are often several events occurring at Fort Mason simultaneously.

Some free parking is available at the San Francisco Marina (on the other side of Marina Green) and on neighboring streets. Be sure to check parking signs and restrictions, and avoid parking in the Safeway parking lot across from Fort Mason — your vehicle will be towed. Find other parking options at Parkopedia.

And if you're staying nearby (Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 39 or the Marina district), walking can be a hassle-free option that is also very scenic!

Where to Stay

Hotel Zephyr
Hotel Zephyr, our official Hotel Sponsor is offering 15% off rooms for IOFF attendees! 

Located at Fisherman's Wharf, Hotel Zephyr is a hip, newly remodeled hotel with stunning views of San Francisco Bay. It's also the only waterfront hotel property in San Francisco.

Reserve a room at the special IOFF rate.

415.617.6555  |  Toll-free: 1.844.617.6555  |  Email: reservations@hotelzephyrsf.com


Check back here for updates and additional information about how to make your festival experience the best it can be.

Contact us if you have questions.