SFIOFF officially kicks off the 2016 festival season with the Launch Party at Matrix Fillmore on Thursday, January 28!
Sharktoberfest is a fun way for the whole family to spend a day celebrating sharks and learning more about why they're so important for a healthy ocean.
Students, summer is almost here . . . why not use the break to make your very own film about the ocean? You could win $500 and a chance to see your film on the big screen!
World Oceans Day is June 8. Check out some ideas of what you can do to help the ocean, and why it's important.
Award Winning "Sand Wars" Film by Filmmaker Denis Delestrac airs on PBS in Northern California
Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 pm
Channel 22, KCBS
Thank You to Our Partners!
The San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival (SFIOFF) partners with organizations that are dedicated to protecting the ocean and marine life.
SFIOFF would like to extend a big thank you to our community partners (listed below) for their important work!
Be sure to visit these organizations in the lobby throughout the festival this weekend, and check out their websites to find out how you can get involved and be part of the solution to healtheir oceans.
2015 SFIOFF Community Partners
All One Ocean
American Cetacean Society
Aquarium of the Bay
California Coastal Commission
Earth Island Institute
Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
Ocean Research Foundation
Port of San Francisco
Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies - SF State University
San Francisco Maritime National Park Association
Surfrider Foundation - San Francisco Chapter
Turtle Island Restoration Network
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Hear from the Filmmakers!
We're very fortunate to have nearly a dozen filmmakers in attendance at this year's festival to conduct audience Q&A sessions following the screening of their films.
Filmmaker Q&As take place each day of the festival: Friday, February 27 through Monday, March 2. Check out all the exciting topics and filmmakers below.
And be sure to get your tickets while they last!
Tracking Sharks in Northern California
Kristin Sherman Olnes - Steve Shirley Shark Tagger, San Francisco Bay (Program 11 - Monday 7:00 pm)
Kristin has long been involved in education and filmmaking as well as using film as an education tool. Currently she produces short profiles of Bay Area residents pursung their unique passions through her Intrinsic Lifestyle Productions.
The Life of a Merchant Mariner
Martin Machado - Six Months at Sea in the Merchant Marine (Program 11 - Monday 7 pm)
Martin Machado spends part of every year crossing the oceans as a crew member on container ships, as well as commercial fishing in Alaska. When not at sea, Martin can be found painting in his studio in San Francisco.
Revitalizing Coral Reefs in Micronesia
Jessica Hamel - The Reef (Program 9 - Sunday 4:00 pm)
Jessica Hamel is a journalist and filmmaker from Santa Cruz, California. A graduate of University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, she is passionate about finding new ways to tell stories about science and the ocean environment.
Using Clams to Clean Water in Cape Cod
Elise Hugus - The Watershed (Program 9 - Sunday 4:00 pm)
Elise Hugus has contributed to print, online, and broadcast outlets in the US, Canada, and Europe, including Al Jazeera English and MSNBC. The Watershed has won three awards on the domestic and international film circuit.
Sustaining Mexico's Ecosystem and Shark Fishermen
Jerónimo Prieto - México Pelágico (Program 5 - Saturday 4:00 pm)
Jeronimo Prieto has filmed and produced underwater videos for productions including Untamed Americas from National Geographic Television. This film is his first formal production. He is also founder of Pelagic Life and a professional scuba instructor.
Sustainable Mussel Farming
Elvis Metcalf - Mussel Man (Program 5 - Saturday 4:00 pm)
This is Elvis Metcalf’s first venture into documentary filmmaking. She is also currently directing/producing a short comedy for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and will soon graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Reversing the Impact of Fishing Nets on the Chilean Coast
Peter Cambor - Net Positiva (Program 5 - Saturday 4:00 pm) Peter is best known for his work as an actor on the CBS television series NCIS: Los Angeles. Also an avid photographer, Peter makes his directorial debut with Net Positiva. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
Making Art out of Plastic Litter in Alaska
J.J. Kelley - Gyre: Creating Art from a Plastic Ocean
(Program 3 - Saturday 10:00 am - Panel discussion at noon)
J.J. Kelley is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker focusing on conservation and wildlife crime issues. His work has appeared on The National Geographic Channel, NOVA, Outside Television, PBS, and in The New York Times.
Recovering Fishing Gear to Protect and Sustain a Community
Ken Fisher - Lost Gear (Program 1 - Friday 4:00 pm)
Ken is an award-winning filmmaker whose films have screened on the international festival circuit and on PBS. Ken is the creative director of Truth Be Told Creative and co-founder of Story Code SF.
What Makes a Healthy Ecosystem?
Stephani Gordon - Our Deepest Waters: Exploring Marine National Monuments in the Remote Reaches of the Pacific (Program 1 - Friday 4:00 pm)
Formerly a marine field biologist, Stephani Gordon has filmed around the world for NOAA, National Geographic, PBS, National Park Service, and other organizations. She operates her production company, Open Boat Films, out of Portland, Oregon.
A Video Poem From a Surfer's Perspective
Adam Warmington - June Gloom (Program 2 - Friday 7:00 pm)
Adam Warmington has been making films for a decade. Originally from the U.K., he came up through the ranks at Aardman Animations and the BBC, and now works as a documentary and commercials director. He now calls the Bay Area home.
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Watch the Replay
Check out the replay from the February 10 Google Hangout. Hear from filmmakers from around the world and get a preview of the exciting and inspiring films you'll see at this year's festival.
A big thank you to Online Ocean Symposium for hosting, and to the filmmakers who joined us to discuss what inspires them to create films that motivate others to care for our oceans!
Kristin Sherman Olnes - Steve Shirley, Shark Tagger (USA)
Elise Hugus - The Watershed (USA)
JJ Kelley - Gyre: Creating Art from a Plastic Ocean (USA)
Patrick Trefz (with Bryan Cole of Clif Bar) - Into the Mind of Greg Long (USA)
Jero Prieto - México Pelágico (Mexico)
Gisela Kaufmann - Shark Girl (Australia)