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Media Coverage Request: Today, 2pm – Mayor Farrell & Kiel, Germany Leaders Salute SF Ocean Film Festival at Fort Mason

Media Coverage Request: Today, 2pm – Mayor Farrell & Kiel, Germany Leaders Salute SF Ocean Film Festival at Fort Mason

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David Perry (415) 676-7007 /



15th Annual International Ocean Film Festival &

Kiel, Germany Ocean Film Festival Salute Partnership


San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell to speak

Additional Remarks By:

* Hanna Fleck, Kiel/San Francisco Sister City Committee

* Hans-Werner Tovar, President of the City Council of Kiel, Germany

* Ana Blanco, International Ocean Film Festival

* Till Dietsche, Kiel Ocean Film Festival


2pm, Friday, March 9


Cowell Theatre / Fort Mason: 2 Marina Blvd.



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.

Friday’s program features films from the Kiel Ocean Film Festival

Nonoy and the Sea Monster (Austria), Florian Kozak, 5 min

When his parents talk of the sea monster that is wiping out the fish they need for survival, Nonoy, their young and imaginative son, creates a weapon whose magic powers will take care of the beast for good.

The Amazing Lifecycle of the European Eel (UK), Sofia Castello y Tickell 4 min

A delightful stop motion animation featuring the European eel’s life cycle and unusal theories behind it. Did you know that the Romans kept them as pets and adorned them with jewelry? The oldest known European eel lived to be over 100 years old. Nowadays they swim to the Sargasso Sea to complete their life cycles.

Bon Voyage (Switzerland), Marc Wilkins, 21 min

A couple’s pleasant Mediterranean sailing trip is thrown into tension-filled turmoil by an encounter with refugees desperate to escape their violence-torn North African homelands.  In just 20 minutes, this powerful film puts us in the middle of a moral quandary.

Lionfish – New Pirates of the Caribbean (Germany), Ulf Marquardt, 52 min

The extraordinary lionfish festooned with numerous and strange appendages has long been a highlight for snorkelers and scuba divers in the Pacific Ocean where it has its place in the piscine pecking order. After it was thoughtlessly introduced into the Caribbean and the Atlantic, however, the lionfish took advantage of the lack of predators and its population skyrocketed. This is one fish you need have no compunction about eating.