Saturday, July 20, 2024

International Ocean Film Festival Line-Up Revealed


The line-up of films taking part in the 20th annual San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival has been released.

The event takes place from April 13-16, 2023, and will be held at San Francisco’s Cowell Theatre at Fort Mason. This year there are 33 films taking part in the festival, including the stunning Sundance Film Festival winner “Deep Rising.”

This year’s films cover a wide range of issues facing the ocean, including interaction with humans, life cycles and much more.

Over the years, the festival has showcased 815 films from 40 countries. Events during the festival include showing and some post-film Q&A sessions with the filmmakers. Some of the anticipated releases this year include:

  • “Collision” — Philip Hamilton (UK) 80 min run time.
  • “Deep Rising” — Matthieu Rytz (USA) 98 min run time.
  • “The Storm Chaser” — Jack Pirie (UK) 7 min run time.
  • “Planting Coral Forests” — Johann Vorster (Kenya) 27 min run time.
  • “Patrick and the Whale” — Mark Fletcher (Austria) 72 min run time.
  • “Seagrass for Sea Change” — Whitney Beer-Kerr (Australia) 12 min run time.

Commenting on this year’s selection, Ana Blanco, the festival’s executive director, stated:

“After 20 years we’re still making waves and saving our world’s oceans one film at a time. In an era when climate change is topic number one, and the state of our oceans is a daily priority, never has the work of our filmmakers and activist been more vital, or more newsworthy.”

You can find out more, including the full film roster here, or check out the trailer for the stunning “Deep Rising” below.

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for