Reception at Kilroy Realty Announces Winners of 17th Annual International Ocean Film Festival

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Reception at Kilroy Realty Announces Winners of 17th Annual International Ocean Film Festival:
San Francisco March 12 – 15, 2020

Celebration of cinema about marine life, the ocean, coastal cultures and conservation features works from 15 countries:
Four World, Six U.S., Nine West and Six Bay Area Premieres

www.intloceanfilmfest.org 

20 February 2020- San Francisco, CA: San Francisco’s International Ocean Film Festival (www.intloceanfilmfest.org) has selected 12 films for special honors at this year’s 17th annual showcase, March 12 – 15. The award-winners recognize works highlightingenvironmental awareness, animation, wildlife, coastal conservation, citizen science, sports & adventure and short subjects. The annual awards are handed out at the end of each program at which the winner’s film is screened. The winning films were announced this past Tuesday night at a reception at the Kilroy Innovation Center in downtown San Francisco. Kilroy is a Real Estate Investment Trust that is committed to sustainable developments, operations and practices of its buildings and setting the benchmark in commercial real estate, world-wide.

“These films are as diverse as the oceans they celebrate, said Ana Blanco, Executive Director for the International Ocean Film Festival. “We are all ‘winners’ for being able to share these filmmakers’ vision and insights.”

“I am proud to be part of a company that brings together organizations with shared values and fosters innovation in sustainability,” said Vaishali Sampat, Manager of Sustainability for Kilroy Realty Corporation. Kilroy Realty recently announced that it will be the first developer in North America to be carbon neutral by the end of 2020. 

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.

Current sponsors for the 17th Annual International Ocean Film Festival include National Marine Sanctuary, BigBus of San Francisco, Gray Line Tours, SSA, Alcatraz Cruises, the Port of San Francisco, the Consul General of Canada, Blue and Gold Ferry, RBC Wealth Management, Pacific Gas & Electric, Troutman Sanders and Pepper Hamilton LLP.

The 17th Annual International Ocean Film Festival takes place March 12 – 15, 2020 at San Francisco’s Cowell Theatre at Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, as well as the Smith Rafael Film Center in Marin County and the Roxie Theater in the Mission District of SF. The International Ocean Film Festival is a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit. www.intloceanfilmfest.org and social at: 

International Ocean Film Festival 2020 Official Award Winners

Cowell Theater

Thursday March 12 at 6:30 pm – Program #2 – Opening Night

  • Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike DeGruy, Mimi Armstrong DeGruy*, United States, 83 min – 2020 Director’sAward

Friday March 13 at 1 pm – Program #3: Canada Program

Presented by SSA

  • The Mill, David Craig, Canada, 52 min – 2020 EnvironmentAward

Friday March 13 at 4 pm – Program #4

Presented by the Consul General of Canada

  • One Breath Around the World, Guillaume Néry, France, 13 min – 2020 Adventure/Ocean Sports Award

Saturday March 14 at 4 pm – Program #8 – TRT: 88 min

Presented by Gray Line Tours

  • Dammed to Extinction, Michael Peterson, United States, 51 min – 2020 ConservationAward

Saturday March 14 at 7 pm – Program #9

Presented by BigBus San Francisco

  • Our Atoll Speaks, Ko Talatala Mai Tō Mātou Wenua, Gemma Cubero del Barrio*, United States, 12 min – 2020 Coastal CultureAward
  • Octopus: Making Contact, Anna Fitch*, United Kingdom, 59 min – 2020 Marine ScienceAward

Sunday March 15 at 1pm – Program #11

Presented by the Port of San Francisco

  • Dick Ogg: Fisherman, Cynthia Abbott*, United States, 9 min – 2020 ShortAward
  • Artifishal, Josh Murphy*, United States, 80 min – 2020 Golden GateAward

Sunday March 15 at 4 pm – Program #12: Whales

Presented by RBC Wealth Management

  • Whale Wisdom, Rick Rosenthal*, United States, 50 min – 2020 WildlifeAward

Smith Rafael Film Center

Friday March 13 at 4pm – Program #1

  • Octopus: Making Contact, Anna Fitch*, United Kingdom, 59 min – 2020 Marine ScienceAward

Saturday March 14 at 7pm – Program #2

  • Whale Wisdom, Rick Rosenthal*, United States, 50 min – 2020 Wildlife Award

Roxie Theater

Saturday March 14 at 1:00 pm – Program #1

  • Dick Ogg: Fisherman, Cynthia Abbott*, United States, 9 min – 2020 ShortAward

*Filmmaker expected for post-screening Q&A

**Film representative expected for post-screening Q&A