The Smith Rafael Film Center welcomes the 20th Annual International Ocean Film Festival. The mission of the International Ocean Film Festival is to be the premier global platform for ocean literacy and education through film.

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.


Matt Cannon & Jake Smallwood (UK) 20 min
Seeing a pod of dolphins for the first time jolts Steve Truluck awake from his office-bound life. Wanting more, he moves to the Orkney Islands north of Scotland, where he works as a window washer, his springer spaniel, Riley, at his side. Seeing out his front window a sperm whale do a full breach makes Truluck still want more. Noticing his enthusiasm, a tour-boat captain asks him to be his guide, especially for spotting orcas, who visit the islands from Iceland every year. Riley happily approves, making a stuffed orca his go-to toy. —SJPH

John Bowermaster (US) 39 min
Looking for a carbon-neutral alternative to modern day shipping? Try sail freight! For the past three years the 65-foot “steel-hulled schooner ‘Apollonia’ ” has delivered 95,000 pounds of cargo up and down the Hudson River by sail. 2,500 miles on less than 30 gallons of diesel fuel — a throwback to a time when there were 1,200 schooners on the river every day. Even now, some buyers prefer the non-polluting, (slower) anti-Amazon way of making deliveries. —GC

IN PERSON: Directors Jessica Johnson, Jay Johnson
Jessica Frankovelgia Johnson & Jay Johnson (US) 40 min

A story about the 27-year-long journey to bring surfing to the Olympics. What started as one man’s dream evolved into a movement. The struggle, the persistence, and the incredible passion made what initially seemed impossible, possible. The Olympic Games surfing competition debuted in Tokyo 2020 and will be held in Tahiti for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics. —JA


ADMISSION TO PROGRAM: $13.25 General | $9.75 Seniors & Youth | $7.75 CAFILM members