film SUBMISSIONS for the 16th Annual film festival are in!

The IOFF is proud to be North America’s premier cinemaquatic© film event for ocean-related independent films. Each year's festival offers a carefully curated group of diverse films that capture the beauty, power and mysteries of the ocean.

The IOFF accepts films of all genres that focus on any of the varied aspects of our 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.

All submissions have been accepted. Thank you to everyone who submitted, we are excited to see your film! Filmmakers will be notified of their acceptance on or before Friday, January 18, 2019.

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Important Dates:

Call for Submissions open: July 9, 2018
Early Deadline: October 1, 2018
Regular Deadline: November 30, 2018
Filmmaker Notification: January 18, 2019

16th Annual International Ocean Film Festival
March 7 - 10, 2019

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.

Video: Yuko Inatsuki, 2018 IOFF trailer