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July 1 Opens Submissions for International Ocean Film Festival

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July 1 Opens Submissions for International Ocean Film Festival


Filmmakers around the world encouraged to submit works that inspire people to appreciate and care for the ocean by revealing its wonders through independent films.

15th annual celebration of features films about marine life, the ocean, coastal cultures and conservation takes place in San Francisco March 8 – 12, 2018

30 June 2017 – San Francisco, CA: “How inappropriate to call this planet Earth,” opined legendary author Arthur C. Clarke, “when it is quite clearly ocean.” For 15 years, the International Ocean Film Festival has been bringing back the focus to the 75% of our habitat that is indeed, water. Beginning on July 1, 2017, filmmakers from around the world are encouraged to submit works that inspire others to a love – and respect – for our briney home. The winning entries will be featured at the Festival’s 15thannual celebration March 8 – 12, 2018. Entry details may be found online at


“Although some would deny it, the threat to our oceans, which means to our planet, is undeniable,” said Ana Blanco, Executive Director for the International Ocean Film Festival. “For 15 years, independent filmmakers from around the world have brought their talents to bear, and their passion, in love for and respect for the oceans. There has never been a time more important for those talents and passions to unite on screen for our audiences, and our world.”


Submissions may include films of all genres – documentaries, narratives, shorts, and animation films of all lengths. Subjects may focus on all oceanographic themes including but not limited to: ocean exploration, wildlife, environmental, conservation, oceanography, seafaring adventures, maritime issues, ocean sports and coastal cultures.