San Francisco Ocean Film Festival
The mission of the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival is to celebrate the sea with inspirational films that increase our appreciation of the oceans that surround us. Come view the beauty and mysteries of the ocean, experience the thrill of saltwater sports, explore coastal cultures, and pause to reflect on the importance of this vital ecosystem.
The San Francisco Ocean Film Festival is a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit organization made possible by the spirit, passion and hard work of numerous volunteers. Dedicated to using film as a medium to increase public awareness of the environmental, social and cultural importance of marine ecosystems and foster a spirit of ocean stewardship, the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival is the premier venue in North America for ocean related films.
Every year, the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival produces an acclaimed festival of ocean-themed films from all over the world that are largely unavailable to the general public. Themes range from marine science and industry to sports and adventure. The films are intended to entertain, educate and encourage active participation in ocean conservation.
Since its launch in 2004, the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival has attracted thousands of audiences of all ages, from around the world, including film enthusiasts, water sports fans, educators, and environmental supporters. It was the first event of its kind in North America, inspired by the well-established ocean festival in Toulon, France that continues to drawing large audiences for more than 40 years. In 2011, the festival presented over 50 films, from 11 different countries and featured post film Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers, special panel discussions with content experts, and the Fifth Annual Free Student Education Program.