STUDENT FILMMAKERS share their ocean stories

The 6th Annual 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.

Announcing the 2017 SFC Finalists!

Below are the finalists for the 6th Annual SFC. These films will screen at the 14th Annual International Ocean Film Festival (IOFF) on Sunday, March 12 at 10:00 am. You can see all of these amazing films for free as part of Program 10 at the festival (be sure to register).

Congratulations to all student filmmakers!


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



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



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


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.


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