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9th Annual San Francisco
Ocean Film Festival

March 7 - 11, 2012

Screening Venue
Bay Theatre - San Francisco


The 9th Annual San Francisco Ocean Film Festival 
featuring five days of ocean-inspired films, panel discussions and more


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Calling all Filmmakers...we want your films!

The San Francisco Ocean Film Festival announces the official launch of its Call for Entries for the 9th Annual San Francisco Ocean Fillm Festival scheduled for March 7 - 11, 2012.

SFOFF is North America's premier cinemaquatic event, featuring five days of films and interactive opportunities to mingle with filmmakers, blue planet lovers, industry experts and ocean inspired film audiences from around the world. 

Filmmakers from every continent have come to regard SFOFF as the premier ocean film festival, featuring more than 50 critically acclaimed independent films chosen from hundreds of submissions. The films offer a rare and unique opportunity to learn about the vital importance of the world’s ocean and invite filmgoers to participate in panel discussions, filmmaker Q&A sessions and special screenings unique to our film festival.

All films will be screened at the newly renovated Bay Theater at Pier 39, located next door to our film festival partner, the Aquarium of the Bay. The 270-seat Bay Theater boasts a 1,000 square foot full production stage, as well as a café and lounge area, serving as the perfect San Francisco Bay waterfront backdrop for all festival related events.



SFOFF guidleines for films are as follows: 

  • Genre: Any genre including documentaries, animations, features, narratives, montages, shorts and other traditional and experimental work;
  • Topics:  Ocean-related topics such as  ocean exploration, conservation, wildlife, coastal/island cultures, history, sports and seafaring adventures;
  • Restrictions: No restrictions on length, when the work was produced or whether it has previously been screened elsewhere;
  • Check out the official Call for Entries and submit your film today!



  • EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: October 1, 2011
  • FINAL DEADLINE:  December 15, 2011     

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

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The San Francisco Ocean Film Festival is a volunteer-driven 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to using film to improve public understanding of the environmental, social and cultural importance of marine ecosystems and to increase active participation in ocean conservation.

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