SAN FRANCISCO, March 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The 8th annual San Francisco Ocean Film Festival will splash into Theatre 39 on PIER 39, March 9-13, 2011, taking audiences on a five-day journey from San Francisco Bay to the Baltic Sea; Costa Rica to Antarctica and beyond.
Billed as North America's premier cinemaquatic© event, the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, presented by NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries and The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay, features more than 50 films, divided into 12 programs over its five-day run.
"With San Francisco Bay as our backdrop, the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival connects attendees with the world's ocean, marine life, and environmental concerns, as seen through the eyes of accomplished filmmakers from around the world," says San Francisco Ocean Film Festival Director Ana Blanco.
More than just movies on the screen, the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival continues the conversation long after the credits have rolled, with Q&A sessions and panel discussions by filmmakers, producers and ocean champions.
Highlights for the 8th annual San Francisco Ocean Film Festival include:
- Wednesday, March 9: Opening Night Meet the Filmmakers Reception: Party with the sharks, rays and exotic aquatic animals at Aquarium of the Bay while enjoying hosted wine and light hors d'oeuvres before moving next door to Theatre 39 to view four films, including Sex Under the Sea.
- Friday, March 11 at 7pm: Surf Film Program: This Film Festival favorite features the San Francisco premiere of three award-winning films: The Westsiders, Ocean Monk and Monsterboards, along with discussions by filmmakers and professional surfers.
- Saturday, March 12 at 1pm: Sharks & Endangered Species Program and Panel Discussion: This festival-favorite program features powerful films on sharks, whales, manta rays and more. Following the program, a panel discussion will be hosted at Aquarium of the Bay. Topics include: threats to sharks and the recently introduced assembly bill, AB 376, that would ban the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins in California. Titled "Sharks, Fins and Sustainability," confirmed panelists include WildAid Director, Peter Knights; Greenpeace Seafood Campaigner, Casson Trenor; Aquarium of the Bay's Director of Husbandry, Christina Slager; Jennifer Fearing of the Humane Society of the United States and others.
- Friday, March 11 at 1pm: International Marine Protected Areas Program and Panel Discussion: Program films focus on establishing Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in California; the development of Mexico's Loreto Bay National Park and how an unlikely alliance of surfers and fishermen successfully battled to save Baja's most iconic spots. Fishermen, scientists and conservation leaders will lead a panel discussion following the films on the challenges associated with MPAs. Confirmed panelists include Loreto Bay National Park Director, Everado Marino Melendez; Monterey Bay Aquarium's Vice President of the Center for the Future of the Oceans, Mike Sutton; Martir Island Biosphere Reserve Fisher, Noe Bustamante Flores and others.
- Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13 at 10am: New Family Programs: New for 2011, the film lineup will bring families up close with Amazing Jellies and Killer Whales; and more.
- Continued Underwater Exploration at Aquarium of the Bay - For the first time, all tickets will include complimentary admission to Aquarium of the Bay, conveniently located next door to Theatre 39.
- For tickets and additional information, visit www.oceanfilmfest.org
The adrenaline-drenched and thought-provoking lineup of films for the 8th annual San Francisco Ocean Film Festival is as follows:
- A Wave of Change
- Abby Sunderland Sets Sail
- Amazing Jellies
- Awards Ceremony
- Between the Harvest
- Cambodian Shrimpers Clean Up BPs Oil
- Change for the Oceans
- Concrete Coast
- Death to Lionfish PSA
- Delta Blues
- East Scheldt, Underwater Discovery
- Finding a Balance in Rough Waters
- For Cod's Sake
- Global Focus - The New Environmentalists - Costa Rica
- Home for Hawksbill
- In the Wake of Giants
- Keiko The Untold Story
- Kilauea Sea Turtles
- Killer Whales
- La Pesca Vivencial
- Landscapes at the World's Ends: Antarctic
- Landscapes at the World's Ends: Arctic
- Majestic Plastic Bag
- Manta - Ray of Hope
- Ocean Monk
- One River
- Papa Mau
- Raja Ampat
- Rescue Men: The Story of the Pea Island Life Savers
- Sanctuary in the Sea
- Save Sharks, Don't Serve Them
- Sex Under the Sea
- SoLa: Louisiana Water Stories
- Someplace with a Mountain
- Suki Loves The Beach
- The Baja Wave Document
- The Bay vs. The Bag
- The Board Meeting
- The Coral Gardener
- The Great White Shark: Meet the Man in the Gray Suit
- The Krill Is Gone
- The Physics of Surfing
- The Westsiders
- Whales of Gold
- Willem and the Whales
- Yao Ming Shark Fin Soup PSA
Interviews with San Francisco Film Festival organizers and participating filmmakers available upon request.
SOURCE San Francisco Ocean Film Festival