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December 31th is Deadline for Submission to 20th Anniversary International Ocean Film Festival

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December 31th is Deadline for Submission to 20th Anniversary
International Ocean Film Festival

February 13 is Student Submissions Deadlines

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

20th annual celebration of features films about marine life, the ocean, coastal cultures and conservation takes place in San Francisco April 13 – 16, 2022 

16 December 2022- San Francisco, CA:  San Francisco’s International Ocean Film Festival is gearing up for its signature 20th annual Festival, April 13 – 16. Filmmakers around the world are encouraged to submit their films for consideration by December 31. The deadline for student filmmakers is February 13. Open to middle and high school students internationally, the student filmmaker contest offers prizes of up to $500 per category.  Entry details for both competitions may be found online at

“For two decades, we have been saving our oceans one film at a time,” said Ana Blanco, Executive Director for the International Ocean Film Festival. “The artistry we have experienced over 20 years is sublime. The education and environmental activism, priceless. It’s been an honor for us to be a champion for the ocean for global audiences of all ages.”

The Festival accepts films of all genres that focus on any of the varied aspects of our 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. Films can be documentaries, narratives, shorts, animation, and full-length films from around the world. A number of finalists from the main film festival program will be selected to participate in the world-renowned International Ocean Film Festival Traveling Program. This year’s film categories include Environmental, Marine Sciences/Wildlife, Exploration & Ocean Sports, Coastal Island Culture. Animation, Conservation, Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Shorts and Female Directors.

Since its launch in 2004, the San Francisco-based International Ocean Film Festival has attracted thousands of spectators of all ages from around the world, including film enthusiasts, sea athletes, educators, and environmental supporters. Since then, the Festival has presented over 815 films from 40 different countries and featured post-film Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers, special panel discussions with content experts, and the Annual Free Student Education Program. It was the first event of its kind in North America, inspired by the well-established ocean festival in Toulon, France, which has continued to draw large audiences for more than 40 years.

The 20th International Ocean Film Festival runs April 13 – 16 at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center. The International Ocean Film Festival is a 501(c) 3 non-profit.