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WHO: 16th Annual International Ocean Film Festival 

WHAT: Day Four Features Screenings feature Virtual Reality Film 

and Young Student Filmmakers

WHEN / WHERE Sunday, March 10: ##

10am, 1pm, 4pm Cowell Theater (Fort Mason, SF)

2pm – 4pm  – Virtual Reality Experience (Fort Mason Firehouse)


WHY: 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 on average over 50 films annually from 15 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, Festival International du Film Maritime, which has continued to draw large audiences for more than 40 years. The International Ocean Film Festival is a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit.Sponsors for the 16th Annual International Ocean Film Festival include National Marine Sanctuaries, the Canadian Consulate of San Francisco and Silicon Valley, BigBus of San Francisco, SSA, RBC Wealth Management, Port of San Francisco, Alcatraz Cruises, San Francisco Magazine, and Hyatt Hotels, the Premiere Hotel Sponsor for the Festival. 



10 am – Program #10 (Cowell Theater / Fort Mason)

  • Student Film Competition 

1pm – Program #11 (Cowell Theater / Fort Mason)

  • The Lives of Wild Dolphins, Jim Knowlton* (USA) 7 min 
  • Wakes, Lea Rinaldi (France) 90 min

4pm – Program #12 (Cowell Theater / Fort Mason)
Presented by RBC Wealth Management 

  • The Blessed Assurance, Isabelle Carbonell** (USA) 22 min
  • The Southern Right Whale, Kevin Zaouali (Argentina) 21 min – West Coast Premiere 
  • Lobster War: The Fight Over The World’s Richest Fishing Grounds, David Abel* (USA) 74 min – West Coast Premiere

Special Virtual Reality Program – (Fort Mason Firehouse)

10am – 2pm

  • 360 Coral Reefs – Life below the surface, Hendrik and Claudia Schmitt* (Germany) 6 min – U.S. Premiere  (Virtual Reality Screening)

Join us on a journey through the Coral Triangle and its magnificent coral reefs. These underwater gardens boast the largest biodiversity of life on Earth, but as the planet keeps warming, our oceans are changing. Coral bleaching, ocean acidification, overfishing and pollution are threatening the world’s coral reefs and their fragile ecosystems. Experience the underwater world and learn about today’s urgency to protect our reefs.

  • IMMERSE: A Story of Science, Love and Magic in the Ocean, Erika Woolsey PhD*, Jason McGuigan, Rick Mistiv (USA) 9 min (Virtual Reality Screening) WORLD PREMIERE

Immerse is a live-action 360º 3D journey that takes you to the tropical Pacific, where you explore coral reefs, see manta rays do back-flips, watch sharks glide by, and join scientists as they study how the reef is changing.

* Filmmaker expected in attendance

**Film representative expected in attendance