Join us to honor and celebrate our 2019 Ocean Champion Honoree
Dr. Sylvia Earle
Oceanographer, National Geographic Explorer and Founder of Mission Blue

And support the
IOFF Student Education Programs

Saturday, November 2, 2019
The Bently Reserve
301 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

For more information and to purchase tickets,
please visit our
2019 Off the Reef Fall Benefit page.


The mission of the IOFF is to save our oceans one film at a time. Since our inception in 2004, each year the IOFF features a four-day ocean engagement event for audiences from around the world. Through the power of visual storytelling and independent films, audiences of all ages are inspired to become better ocean stewards, and help to protect our oceans. As a year-round ocean conservation organization, the IOFF is proud to present films and post-screening discussions with film directors, producers and leading industry experts throughout the year. To find an event near you, please visit our Events page.

The upcoming 17th Annual IOFF will take place on March 12 - 15, 2020 at Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, as well as other theaters within the Bay Area. Films are currently being accepted for considerations.

We accept films of all genres that focus on the many varied aspects of the big, blue ocean. Subject matter ranges from, but is not limited to, marine wildlife, conservation efforts, ocean environments, coastal cultures, ocean sports and exploration, ocean heroes, and innovative technology designed to help protect the ocean. We look forward to seeing your film!

Important dates:

  • Call for Submissions Opens on July 15, 2019

  • Early-bird deadline: October 30, 2019

  • Regular deadline: November 15, 2019

Submit your film today via FilmFreeway.

Thank you to all the filmmakers, volunteers, and audience members who helped to make the 16th annual International Ocean Film Festival a success…and a lot of fun!

Check out some of the moments on our Flickr page: International Ocean Film Festival.

What Is the IOFF?

Now in its 16th year, the IOFF is an acclaimed festival of independent ocean-related films from all over the world. Themes range from ocean adventure, science, and marine life to sports and coastal cultures.

We look for films that not only entertain audiences but also educate and inspire people to participate in environmental efforts in and around the ocean, as well as promote better ocean stewardship.

Photo credit: Kristin Hettermann