The Smith Rafael Film Center welcomes the 19th Annual International Ocean Film Festival. The mission of the IOFF is to save our oceans one film at a time.

Since its inception in 2004, each year the IOFF features an ocean engagement event for audiences from around the world. Through the power of visual storytelling and independent films, audiences of all ages are inspired to become better ocean stewards, and help to protect our oceans.

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THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY PARTNER • THE MARINE MAMMAL CENTER

ADMISSION TO EACH PROGRAM: $20 General | $14 Seniors & Youth | $10 CFI members

FRIDAY, APRIL 8 • 7:00

LIONFISH: OCEAN MURDER HEDGEHOGS
Director Sarah Baumann in Person

Sarah Baumann* (USA) 2 min
Your full attention will be needed for this fast-paced, information-dense animation primer about the invasive Lionfish in Atlantic and Caribbean waters. The prolific Lionfish decimate reefs and have few predators. Luckily, Lionfish are easily caught and are edible, even tasty! —ST

SOUL OF THE OCEAN
Howard Wesley Hall (USA) 78 min
Soul of the Ocean explores the complexity of ocean ecosystems. Spectacular underwater cinematography reveals communities of interdependent marine species and highlights the critical role biodiversity plays in maintaining a healthy ocean. Every species has a part to play. As humans become increasingly intimate with the ocean, we discover that we have a huge part to play as well. —AB

SATURDAY, APRIL 9 • 7:00

TESS FELIX: PORTRAIT ARTIST
Director/Producer Cynthia Abbott in Person

Cynthia Abbott*, Andrea E. Leland (USA) 8 min
After a big storm, a local artist Tess Felix went down to the beach only to discover plastic debris covering the whole shoreline. Realizing the gravity of plastic pollution in the ocean, she started creating vibrant portraits of people she admires out of abandoned plastic to spark conversations around the issue. —YI

SELMA
Maciek Jabłoński (Poland) 92 min
In the Antarctic summer of 2015, the Polish yacht, Selma, headed south from  Hobart, Tasmania, its goal: to get closer to the geographical South Pole than any other sailing vessel ever had.  The 11 crew members were picked by experienced co-captain and organizer, Piotr Kuznar, who says of them:  “On this kind of trip, you need [people] good at cracking jokes.”  You will see why by  film’s end. —SJPH

SUNDAY, APRIL 10 • 4:00

STRANDED: A WHALE RESCUE TALE
Executive Producer Dr. James “Buddy” Powell in Person

Bruce Narin, Ashley Love (USA) 25 min
In Florida, five pilot whales inexplicably stranded on a popular beach, trigger an emergency operation involving federally permitted marine-mammal responders, researchers, and volunteers. Their mission, despite challenges that forced tough choices: to return the whales safely to deep water, while ensuring the rescuers’ welfare. Actual footage shows how the drama played out with these cetacean patients. —MJS

ARCHIPELAGO NEW YORK – AN ISLAND CITY
Director Thomas Halaczinsky in Person

Thomas Halaczinsky* (Germany) 53 min
Did you know there are whales a few miles outside the New York harbor, millions of oysters cleaning the water along the shore, and raptors living on high-rise buildings in Central Park? New York is an island city threatened by sea level rise. During the climate crisis, committed New Yorkers start to rethink their relationship with nature in this captivating documentary. —GC