7th Annual international student film competition

The International Student Film Competition (SFC) gives students a chance to tell their own stories about the ocean while building creativity and exploring the exciting world of filmmaking. Open to middle school and high school students around the world, films must be five minutes or less in length.

Next March, at the 15th Annual IOFF, the top ranking submission in each category will be presented on the big screen, in a program dedicated entirely to the Student Film Competition, Sunday, March 11, 2018. 

Here are the winners of the winners of the 6th Annual International SFC. Click on each link to watch the winning films!

HIGH SCHOOL

1st Place:
Sea of Stories | Azure Allen | 10th grade, Home schooled, Conway, South Carolina

2nd Place:
Fisher | Ceren Dağlı | 11th grade, Doğa High School, Manisa, Turkey

3rd Place:
An Ode to the Deep | Lyshiel Aranal, Maika Marzo | 12th grade, Colegio San Agustin - Makati, National Capital Region (NCR), Philippines

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

1st Place: 
Hang Onto Your Butts!  Francisco School Sea Warriors: Nate, Marco, Ryan, Maria | 8th grade, Francisco Middle School, San Francisco, California

2nd Place:
Ocean Blue  Andrew Borgie and Alexander Roberts - 8th grade | Thomas Dull - 7th grade, Coronado Middle School, Coronado, California

3rd Place:
Beneath the Waves  Gabriella Goss | 7th grade, Julia Morgan School for Girls, Oakland, California

 

Complete 2017 SFC Lineup

Below is a list of all the finalists from the 6th Annual SFC.

HIGH SCHOOL

The Art of Surfboard Shaping | Ryan Crivello, 12th grade, Marin Catholic High School, Kentfield, California

Civilized | Berk Karacaoglu | 11th grade, Acarkent IB Doga College, Istanbul, Turkey

Fisher | Ceren Dağlı | 11th grade, Doğa High School, Manisa, Turkey

Just One Bottle  Marlon Fu | 10th grade, Carlmont High School, Belmont, California

Ocean Acidification | Jenna Beales, Savannah Brand, Claire Stott | 11th grade, San Marin High School, Novato, California

An Ode to the Deep | Lyshiel Aranal, Maika Marzo | 12th grade, Colegio San Agustin - Makati, National Capital Region (NCR), Philippines

Peace with Nature  İrem Duran, Melis Hişmioğulları, Nergis Mirioğlu | 9th grade, Hatay Doğa Okulları, Defne/Hatay, Turkey

Sailing on the Bay | Nick Eberhard | 11th grade, Marin Catholic High School, Kentfield, CA

Sea of Stories | Azure Allen | 10th grade, Homeschooled, Conway, South Carolina

The Secrets of The Sea | Leyla Spositto | 11th grade, Marin Catholic High School, Kentfield, Cali ifornia

Through the Storm Drain | Danny Shrestha | 9th grade, Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco, California

Why Is the Ocean So Important? | Kate Carlin | 11th grade, Keller High School, Keller, Texas

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Beneath the Waves  Gabriella Goss | 7th grade, Julia Morgan School for Girls, Oakland, California

Hang Onto Your Butts!  Francisco School Sea Warriors: Nate, Marco, Ryan, Maria|  8th grade, Francisco Middle School, San Francisco, California

Ocean Blue  Andrew Borgie and Alexander Roberts - 8th Grade Thomas Dull|  7th Grade, Coronado Middle School, Coronado, California

 

SUBMISSION PROCESS

The film competition is open to middle school and high school students around the world. The criteria for being accepted to the competition also requires that the films be five minutes or less in duration, and touch upon some subject matter regarding the ocean. The Call for Entry for the 2018 Film Festival will open on August 1, 2017.  If you have any questions, please email us at sfc@oceanfilmfest.org.

GUIDELINES

Films must be ocean-related and touch upon any of these categories: 

  • Ocean environments    
  • Ocean wildlife
  • Ocean science    
  • Ocean cultures    
  • National Marine Sanctuaries
  • Ocean sports    
  • Ocean industries
  • Ocean history
  • Ocean conservation issues, i.e. climate change, pollution, overfishing, marine debris.

Winning films will be chosen on the basis of creativity and the ability to tell a story that leaves the audience better informed about or moved by the ocean.

JUDGING AND PRIZES

All submissions will be judged by an elite jury of professional filmmakers and ocean conservationists. The three top winners in each category—middle school and high school—will be eligible to win cash prizes up to $500. The top finalists in each category will have their films presented on the big screen during the SFC Program on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 10:00 am. It's free to attend (just be sure you register). The winners will be announced on stage at the end of the program. We hope to see you there! 

FILM submission process

All of the instructions for submitting a film are on the 2017 Information Sheet below. We encourage you to read them first. 

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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR

The Student Film Competition is proudly sponsored by
Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
Many thanks to Cordell Bank for its generous support!