San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival

13 Annual March 10, 2016 to March 13, 2016

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Ocean Sports and Exploration
Films about an ocean quest in, on, or around the sea. Also includes sports such as surfing, sailing, fishing, kayaking, swimming, scuba & free diving.
Ocean Related Environmental Issues
Films that best depict an environmental issue, or is most likely to inspire action.
Marine Sciences/Wildlife
Films that feature original or insightful expression of an aspect of marine life.
Coastal and Island Culture & History
Films that depict coastal or island cultures that are defined by their relationship with the ocean and for whom the ocean is intrinsic to their lives.
For the best film employing animation techniques (animated drawings, cut out paper, claymation, etc.) of any length.
Films depicting efforts to develop sustainable
conservation efforts to protect ocean environments and/or marine life.
San Francisco Bay Area
Films made by a local Bay Area filmmaker.


The San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival inspires people to appreciate and care for the ocean by revealing its wonders through independent films.


The San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival (SFIOFF) is the premier ocean film festival of its kind in North America.

Now in its 13th year, SFIOFF has produced an acclaimed festival of independent ocean-related films from all over the world. Themes range from ocean science and industry to sports and adventure. The films are not only intended to entertain the audience, but more importantly, to educate and encourage active participation in ocean-specific environmental efforts and better ocean stewardship.

The 13th Annual SFIOFF will take place on March 10-13, 2016 in San Francisco, California. The multi-day event will feature an Opening Night Gala and Filmmaker's Reception, Awards Program, and wrap party, and will consist of 10 to 12 programs with each program containing 3¬ to 4 films each. Special programs may focus on topics such as sharks, surfing, and/or marine protected areas, depending on the quality and number of submissions. Programs will often include post-screening filmmaker Q&A sessions and at times will include panel discussions.

An integral part of the SFIOFF is the 10th Annual Free Student Education Program, which will include award presentations to winners of the 5th Annual Student Film Competition for middle school and high school students.

Selected films may also be included in the SFIOFF world renowned Traveling Program.


Ana Blanco (Executive Director); Ana Blanco (Executive Director); Dawn Glenn (Programming Coordinator)


If your film is selected to be a part of the 2016 SFIOFF, you will receive a variety of perks as follows;

• One all-access Festival Pass that includes free admission for you to the Opening Night Gala, all screenings, panel discussions, workshops and Wrap Party (includes other events as they become part of the festival)
• One all-access Festival Pass for one guest that includes free admission to all screenings, panel discussions, workshops and Wrap Party. Excludes admission to the Opening Night Gala (an individual ticket may be purchased at a discount after February 1, 2016)
• Discounted lodging pending a hotel sponsorship, as it becomes available later in the year
• Opportunities to engage with the press and media
• Opportunity to engage in a Q&A session with the audience each time your film is screened
• Potential for your film to be selected for the traveling program

By submitting your films to the SFIOFF, you hereby grant permission for SFIOFF to use it for the following purposes:

Stills: Still images from the films will be used on the website, printed materials, banners, and other promotional materials. Please submit one high-resolution headshot of the filmmaker in JPG format.

Clips: Clips of submitted films may be used to promote SFIOFF by appearing on the SFOFF website, possible partnership websites, third-party advertising sponsors (i.e., television spots, newspaper print, magazine ads, etc.)

Trailer: SFIOFF may request a short trailer for films over 10 minutes (electronically or on DVD) for promotional purposes.

Interim Screenings: In addition to possibly being screened at SFIOFF during the stated festival dates, accepted films may be screened throughout the year for promotional purposes, as a separate screening in cooperation with other SFIOFF partnership organizations, and at the SFIOFF traveling program.

• All submissions must be ocean themed.
• All works must be in English or have English subtitles. Entries can be any genre – documentary, narrative fiction, or animation – and can be submitted by professional or amateur filmmakers.
• We have limited program slots for films longer than 60 minutes, but all submissions of this length and longer will be taken into consideration.
• If your film is 50 minutes or longer, it would be helpful for our reviewing process if you also send us a DVD (not Blu-ray).
• Only films completed by July 1, 2015 will be considered for Official Selection, unless otherwise approved.
• More than one film may be submitted, but a separate entry fee must be paid for each.
• SFIOFF does not pay screening fees or shipping fees in order to screen a film, nor does SFIOFF underwrite production costs (duplication, subtitling, etc.).
• Upon completion of the Festival selection process, we will attempt to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form to notify the Applicant of the Film’s acceptance status. It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the contact information provided on the submission form is correct throughout the entirety of the selection period (July 2015 – January 2016).
• SFIOFF is under no obligation to provide to the Applicant or any other representative of the Film any comments or feedback regarding the submitted Film should it not be accepted for exhibition at the Festival.


I have read and agree to the festival submission and participation guidelines and certify that I am authorized to submit this work to the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival. Any copyrighted materials included in the work have been legally cleared for use, and SFIOFF is not responsible for any copyright infringement resulting from public screenings. I hereby grant and assign to San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival and its successors and licensees the right to copy the entry in its entirety to facilitate technical operations of the festival, in and through any and all media formats now known or hereafter devised. The San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival for pre-selection, on-demand, and archival purposes will retain all video submissions. The entrant acknowledges and agrees that all matters not covered by these regulations, and any questions arising from them, will be decided by Festival organizers or programmers, at their sole discretion. To the best of my knowledge all information herein is correct and true.