15th Annual

International Ocean Film Festival

March 08, 2018 to March 11, 2018

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

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.

**Please select only one category per film submission and its respective entry fee. Each film will be considered for all categories.
Ocean Related Environmental Issues
Films that best depict an environmental issue, or is most likely to inspire action.

**Please select only one category per film submission and its respective entry fee. Each film will be considered for all categories.
Marine Sciences/Wildlife
Films that feature original or insightful expression of an aspect of marine life.

**Please select only one category per film submission and its respective entry fee. Each film will be considered for all categories.
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.

**Please select only one category per film submission and its respective entry fee. Each film will be considered for all categories.
Animation
For the best film employing animation techniques (animated drawings, cut out paper, claymation, etc.) of any length.

**Please select only one category per film submission and its respective entry fee. Each film will be considered for all categories.
Conservation
Films depicting efforts to develop sustainable
conservation efforts to protect ocean environments and/or marine life.

**Please select only one category per film submission and its respective entry fee. Each film will be considered for all categories.
San Francisco Bay Area Filmmaker
Films made by a local Bay Area filmmaker.

**Please select only one category per film submission and its respective entry fee. Each film will be considered for all categories.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

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

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

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

Now in its 15th year, the IOFF 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 15th Annual IOFF will take place on March 8 - 11, 2018 at Cowell Theater in Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, California. The multi-day event will feature an Opening Night Filmmaker Reception, ten to twelve programs with each program consisting of 3 to 4 films, and a Wrap Party. Special programs may focus on topics such as marine wildlife, ocean conservation efforts, environmental efforts, coastal cultures and how they engage with the ocean, sharks, surfing, and/or marine protected areas, depending on the quantity and quality of submissions. Programs will include post-screening filmmaker Q&A sessions and several panel discussions with focused on a variety of topics.

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

An key component of the IOFF is the 12th Annual Free Student Education Program for middle school and high school students and the 7th Annual Student Film Competition


ORGANIZERS

Ana Blanco (Executive Director); Ana Blanco (Executive Director)

GENERAL RULES

FILMMAKER PERKS:
If your film is selected to be a part of the 2018 IOFF, you will receive a variety of perks as follows;

• Access for you and one guest that includes free admission to the Opening Night Filmmaker Reception (Thursday, March 8th), all screenings, panel discussions, workshops and Wrap Party (includes other events as they become part of the festival)
• Discounted (or complimentary) 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

PROMOTIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
By submitting your films to the IOFF, you hereby grant permission for IOFF 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 IOFF by appearing on the SFOFF website, possible partnership websites, third-party advertising sponsors (i.e., television spots, newspaper print, magazine ads, etc.)

Trailer: A short trailer is required for films over 10 minutes (electronically or on DVD) for promotional purposes.

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

GENERAL RULES and TERMS AND CONDITIONS
• 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).
• More than one film may be submitted, but a separate entry fee must be paid for each.
• IOFF does not pay screening fees or shipping fees in order to screen a film, nor does IOFF 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 2017 – January 2018).
• IOFF 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.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

I have read and agree to the festival submission and participation guidelines and certify that I am authorized to submit this work to the International Ocean Film Festival. Any copyrighted materials included in the work have been legally cleared for use, and IOFF is not responsible for any copyright infringement resulting from public screenings.

I hereby grant and assign to 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 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.