12th Annual San Francisco International Ocean Film Festivalto Launch Opening Night Party at SF Maritime Museum

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The 12th Annual San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival will take place on February 27 - March 1, 2015, with the Opening Night Gala to be held at the iconic SF Maritime Museum.

The San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival (SFIOFF) will launch into its 12th annual celebration of the world’s oceans on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the historic Maritime Museum at Aquatic Park. The Opening Night Gala will feature visiting filmmakers from around the world, trailers of select films, and culinary stars from the Bay Area finest restaurants and wineries.

The SFIOFF will dock at San Francisco’s newly renovated Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center for four days of ocean-themed films and special events, February 27 – March 1, 2015.

“As the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival continues to reach audiences around the Bay Area and across the world, we are thrilled to be returning to the theater where our ocean odyssey began back in 2004, and we are excited to host our Opening Night Gala in such a historic and iconic Bay Area setting as the SF Maritime Museum,” said SFIOFF Executive Director Ana Blanco.

Nearly 50 films ranging from sharks to surfing, ocean conservation to deep-water exploration, island cultures to the cultural importance of the world’s marine resources will fill the 2015 SFIOFF program. Along with film screenings, the festival offers in-depth discussions with filmmakers and content experts, creating a unique and engaging platform to continue the dialogue inspired by the films. Additional highlights for the 12th annual SFIOFF include a special diving program and panel discussion, to complement the audience favorites of shark and surf film programs. The festival will also host its 4th annual Student Film Competition, screening winning entries from middle and high school students.

ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL
The SFIOFF is a non-profit organization whose mission is to is to inspire people to appreciate and care for the ocean by revealing its wonders through independent films. The SFIOFF began its legacy at the historic Dolphin Club, adjacent to the SF Maritime Museum across from Aquatic Park in San Francisco. Screening its first film festival at Cowell Theater more than twelve years ago, the film festival continues to be the ocean destination event of the year. Widely regarded as the most prestigious film festival in the country dedicated solely to film topics focused on the ocean, the SFIOFF has featured key industry experts such as Jean Michel Cousteau, oceanographer Dr. Don Walsh and many other notable marine scientists.

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Ana Blanco, Executive Director
San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival
(415) 561-6251 ana(AT)oceanfilmfest.org

The San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival returns to the SF Maritime Museum on February 26th, proceeded by the three day Festival at the newly renovated Cowell Theater at Fort Mason from February 27 – March 1, 2015.

WHAT: SFIOFF Opening Night Gala
WHEN: Thursday, February 26th, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
WHERE: San Francisco Maritime Museum, 900 Beach Street, San Francisco (Across the street from Ghirardelli Square)
COST: $150
INFO: Call (415) 561-6251 or visit http://oceanfilmfest.org

WHAT: San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival
WHEN: Friday, February 27 – Sunday, March 1, 2015, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
WHERE: Cowell Theater at Fort Mason, http://www.fortmason.org
COST: Individual tickets: Adult $15, Student/Senior Citizen $10 and Children $8
INFO: Call (415) 561-6251 or visit http://oceanfilmfest.org

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