Invitation: San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival March 5 - 9
11th Annual San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival
March 5 – 9, 2014
Bay Theater, Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39
You are invited to come view the beauty and mysteries of the ocean, experience the thrill of saltwater sports, explore coastal cultures, and pause to reflect on the importance of this vital ecosystem.
The San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival (SFIOFF) is a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit organization made possible by the spirit, passion, and hard work of numerous volunteers. Dedicated to using film as a medium to increase public awareness of the environmental, social, and cultural importance of marine ecosystems and foster a spirit of ocean stewardship, SFIOFF is now the premier venue in North America for ocean-related films.
Every year, SFIOFF produces an acclaimed festival of ocean-themed films from all over the world that are largely unavailable to the general public. Themes range from marine science and industry to sports and adventure. The films are intended to entertain, educate, and encourage active participation in ocean conservation.
· Since its launch in 2004 by former San Francisco Council member Krist Jake and a few compatriots, SFIOFF has attracted thousands of spectators of all ages from around the world, including film enthusiasts, water sports fans, educators, and environmental supporters. It was the first event of its kind in North America, inspired by the well-established ocean festival in Toulon, France, which has continued to draw large audiences for more than 40 years. In 2013, the SFIOFF presented over 50 films from 15 different countries and featured post-film Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers, special panel discussions with content experts, and the Seventh Annual Free Student Education Program. With the San Francisco Bay as its backdrop, the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival leaves a large educational footprint that is vital to the health of our ocean environment, economy, and culture.
Renowned Oceanographer Captain Don Walsh to Open 11th Annual San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival
The San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival (SFIOFF) will dive into its 11th annual celebration of the world’s oceans on Wednesday, March 5 with esteemed guest Dr. Don Walsh. Dr. Walsh, a former Navy League member, will participate in the opening night celebration at Aquarium of the Bay and the adjacent Bay Theater by leading an inspiring discussion, appropriately titled: "Our Ocean - The Explorers and the Story Tellers". The SFIOFF will dock at San Francisco’s Bay Theatre for five days of ocean-themed films and special events, March 5-9, 2014.
“After spending more than four decades working in 112 coastal nations across the globe, exploring and engineering undersea technology, I am thrilled to return to my Bay Area roots and participate in this year’s San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival,” said Dr. Walsh. “In addition to the opening night ceremony, I look forward to inspiring – and being inspired by – the next generation of ocean explorers during the festival’s educational programs.”
Dr. Walsh famously made the first descent into the deepest point of the world’s ocean, Mariana Trench, in January of 1960 – more than 35,000 feet below the surface. Throughout his expansive career, Dr. Walsh has authored over 200 ocean-related publications. In addition to serving as an Honorary Life Member of the Explores Club, the American Geographical Society, and the Adventurers Club, Walsh is among the influential OceanElders, an independent group of global leaders who have joined together to serve as a catalyst in the conservation and protection of the ocean and its wildlife. Dr. Sylvia Earle, Jean-Michel Cousteau, and Sir Richard Branson are among the few to also hold this prestigious title.
As the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival continues to reach audiences around the Bay Area and across the world, it sets new ‘cinemaquatic’ standards with its nearly fifty films and special guests. For the complete lineup see http://www.oceanfilmfest.org/film-program-2014. For tickets see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/11th-annual-san-francisco-international-ocean-film-festival-tickets-10445626149.