2016 Student Film Competition Now Open

Hit the Beach, Make a Film

Students, summer is almost here . . . why not use the break to make your very own film about the ocean? You could win $500 and a chance to see your film on the big screen!


Announcing the 5th Annual Student Film Competition call for submissions.

We open up the competition well before the January 11, 2016 deadline so you have the summer to get started creating your film.

You Can Be Part of the Festival!

The basics:

Read more about the Student Film Competition rules and eligibility.


The three top winners in each category—middle school and high school—will receive a prize (up to $500!) and will have their films screened at the 2016 San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival!

Ideas and Inspiration

Need some ideas to get started? Check out these filmmaking resources.

Want to see some examples of this past year's student films? Watch the winning films from the 2015 Student Film Competition here.

Get Started Today

The deadline is January 11, 2016. But films can take time to create and edit, so it's a good idea to start as soon as possible. Summer is a great time to do a film project!

Be sure to read the competition rules before you start. If you have any questions after that, please contact us atsfc@oceanfilmfest.org or call our office at (415) 561-6251.

We look forward to seeing your films, and good luck!