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SF Ocean Film Festival

Surf, Sea Life, and More

On March 9th to 13th, the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival will celebrate its eighth year with another gathering of film and ocean lovers.

Saluting not only great sea-related films, but great films in general, SFOFF has a mission to educate its attendees on the importance of ocean conservation and preservation.

Screenings take place appropriately on the waterfront at Pier 39 and ticket purchases include admission to Aquarium of the Bay.

The festival, which culls film from all over the world, kicks off March 9th with the animated short The Krill is Gone, a light-hearted look at the dangers of increasingly acidic water, and Sex Under the Sea, a graphic look at sea-life mating habits.

Other highlights include the award-winning documentary The Westsiders, which chronicles the careers of Santa Cruz big-wave surfers — and all around shredders — Daryl “Flea” Virostko, Shawn “Barney” Barron, and Jason “Ratboy” Collins. Another documentary, Ocean Monk, follows a group of students of the late guru Sri Chinmoy and their love of the ocean as they search for enlightenment.

There will also be a Q&A following the screenings with representatives from both films in attendance, most notably Kenny "Skindog" Collins, Billabong XXL winner and perennial Mavericks contest invitee, as well as Ocean Monk director Sanjay Rawal.

If you're serious about learning about the dangers our oceans face, you can attend one of the many discussions held during the festival, including the panel discussion about marine protected areas, where a distinguished group of experts from the United States and Mexico will be on hand to discuss the importance of marine protected areas and what can be done in the community to help the cause.

The first festival of its kind in the U.S., and only the second worldwide, SFOFF is sure to be a hit for film and sea lovers alike — as entertaining as it is educational.

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