IOFF Around the World
In 2011, the IOFF launched its International Traveling Program as an opportunity to showcase selected films from the festival to audiences around the world.
Partnering with a variety of organizations both national and international, IOFF's Traveling Program has increased the impact of the films and their messages to a broader audience, on a broader stage.
Located in the northern part of Michigan along Lake Huron, the city of Alpena prides itself on its unique access to the water, woods, and wildlife, and just offshore is the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, one of sixteen marine protected areas of the U.S. and part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In September 2012, the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary hosted the first special screening of IOFF films as the Thunder Bay International Ocean Film Festival, now an annual tradition.
IOFF partnered with the Ocean Film Festival Australia in 2013, presenting its inaugural tour with stops in six cities around the country during March: Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Cairns, Townsville, and Sydney.
The Ocean Recovery Alliance (ORA) in Hong Kong was the first group to work with IOFF, screening films in various locations throughout Hong Kong. In 2013, ORA held Kids Ocean Week, culminating in a human art exhibit, based on the award-winning design submitted at the beginning of the week. More than 1,000 kids participated in this amazing event on Repulse Bay.
Human art exhibit as part of the ORA's Kids Ocean Week, 2013, on Repulse Bay, Hong Kong.
Located in the Primorsky region of Far East Russia, the Pacific Meridian Film Festival celebrated its 10th Anniversary, showcasing films from throughout the Asia Pacific region. The IOFF was chosen to show five of its 2012 program as part of the Environmental program of this festival. Screening over 200 films, the PMFF is the largest film festival of its kind in the Far East region of Russia. Simultaneously translated into Russian, the films well were received by audiences of all ages, and from across the globe: UK, Canada, Australia and the United States.
In 2012, the Colorado Ocean Coalition held its 2nd Annual Making Waves Symposium, an inland movement to raise awareness and engage the local community to help save the ocean, in Boulder, Colorado. The weekend was highlighted with films from the IOFF presented in three programs throughout the day on Saturday. Following was an inspiring day-long symposium on Sunday, featuring nationally recognized speakers, artists, local community ocean organizations and a special guest appearance by Jean-Michel Cousteau. The weekend culminated in an Ocean Celebration with live music, performances, and a silent auction.