Free Ocean Films for Students

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The International Ocean Film Festival (IOFF) Free Student Education Program presents film screenings and Q&A sessions with filmmakers, marine scientists, and industry experts — all in special daytime programs for middle school and high school students. 

The 2019 Free Student Education Program will take place on Thursday and Friday, March 7 - 8, 2019 at Cowell Theater in Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture in San Francisco.

join us in March, 2020!

We look forward to hosting your school group in 2020! We want you to be a part of the most exciting ocean destination event in the Bay Area. Check back here for more details, updates and registration opportunities. Registration for the 2020 Free Education Program will open November 1, 2019. .

The two-hour program features short films from around the world that educate, entertain and engage middle school and high school students to learn more about the ocean – both above and below the water line. Film topics include seals, whales, sea horses, sharks, surfing, swimming, marine biology, coastal cultures whose livelihoods depend on the ocean and more. Special guests and visiting filmmakers from around the world participate in post-screening Q&A sessions with the students.

Registration is open to all middle school and high school students, accompanied by a teacher or an adult. Registration is taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

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About the Free STUDENT Education Program

Through the Education Program, the IOFF aims to educate and inspire youth to:

  • Take an active role in protecting our vital ocean ecosystems

  • Participate in the arts and documentary filmmaking

  • Learn more about ocean-related careers

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us



Our Vision

IOFF's vision for the Free Student Education Program is to:

  • Extend our mission to many more students through road shows in the Bay Area and beyond

  • Provide a "live experience" of our film screenings and Q&A sessions with filmmakers and scientists in real time

  • Create a competition and awards program for best student films, serving to inspire budding documentary filmmakers

  • Establish IOFF as a working forum for Bay Area film studies and environmental studies programs

  • Provide students from diverse backgrounds and schools the opportunity to gather and learn — from each other and from experts from around the world

When you donate to the festival, your dollars help us reach students around the Bay and Northern California.

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