Press releases

Press releases are listed in chronological order. To read the entire press release, select the 'Read more' link. If you have questions about the festival, films, or filmmakers, please feel free to email us or call our office at 415.561.6251.



July 1 Opens Submissions for International Ocean Film Festival

1 July 2017 - San Francisco, CA: “How inappropriate to call this planet Earth,” opined legendary author Arthur C. Clarke, “when it is quite clearly ocean.” For 15 years, the International Ocean Film Festival has been bringing back the focus to the 75% of our habitat that is indeed, water. Beginning on July 1, 2017, filmmakers from around the world are encouraged to submit works that inspire others to a love – and respect – for our briney home. The winning entries will be featured at the Festival’s 15th annual celebration March 8 – 12, 2018. Entry details may be found online at Read more...


International Ocean Film Festival Hails Closing of CEMEX USA Cement Plant:
“A Win-Win for the Environment and Sensible Business”

26 July 2017 - San Francisco, CA: Call it a green-friendly business decision set in stone – actually, in concrete. After viewing a film sponsored by San Francisco’s International Ocean Film Festival (, the last sand mining company in the United States has decided to close, a direct impact of the film – Sand Wars directed by Denis Delestrac – and the Festival’s environmental impact and advocacy. On July 13, the California Coastal Commission approved an agreement whereby CEMEX USA’s Lapis facility on Monterey Bay will cease dredging operations that undermine beaches and cause irreversible erosion. Read more...