The mission of the SFIOFF is to save our oceans one film at a time. Since our inception in 2004, each year we feature a four-day ocean engagement event for audiences from around the world. Though the power of storytelling and independent films, audiences of all ages are inspired to become better ocean stewards.

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.



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