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MEDIA ADVISORY / REQUEST FOR ONSITE COVERAGE: THURSDAY, MARCH 7 

WHO: 16th Annual International Ocean Film Festival 

WHAT: Opening Day / Opening Night & Reception

WHEN: Thursday, March 7: 4pm Program 1 / 6pm Opening Night Reception ##

WHERE: Cowell Theater Fort Mason (2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco)

WEB: www.intloceanfilmfest.org 

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. 

## Opening Day for the 16th Annual International Ocean Film Festival:

Thursday, March 7: 4pm – Program #1 Presented by NOAA

  • Living with the Oceans, Nicky Milne* (United Kingdom) 17 min 
  • Protecting Schedule for the 16th Blue Whales and Blue Skies, Michael Hanrahan (USA) 8 min 
  • China: Caging the Ocean’s Wild, Steve Chao (Malaysia) 26 min
  • Coral: Glimmer of Hope, Gaelin Rosenwaks* (USA) 9 min – World Premiere 
  • For the Love of the Reef, Alan E Franks (USA) 7 min – West Coast Premiere 
  • The Final Breach, Jess Webster (United Kingdom) 17 min – U.S. Premiere 

6pm –Opening Night Party Presented by the Consulate General of Canada
Mingle with filmmakers, special guests, sponsors, VIPs, and volunteers as we kick-off the four-day ocean celebration to raise awareness about our oceans Lite vegan appetizer reception presented by CowHollow Catering. Wine graciously donated by Foot of the Bed Cellars


7pm – Program #2 –  Presented by the Consulate General of Canada 

  • Near Miss, Josh Berry* (USA) 12 min – Bay Area Premiere 
  • Sharkwater Extinction, Rob Stewart (Canada) 87 min – Bay Area Premiere