The second annual San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, a three-day celebration of oceans and estuaries, kicks off on Friday, January 28, with a reception at the San Francisco Maritime Museum near Ghirardelli Square. On Saturday and Sunday, the event continues at Fort Mason’s Cowell Theater with documentaries and short films from around the world, as well as interactive children’s games. Films will feature “strange underwater creatures, nautical adventures of seafaring explorers, and cultures shaped by the sea.” Local marine conservation and recreation organizations such as the California Academy of Sciences and the Dolphin Swimming and Boating Club will host discussions with filmmakers and field specialists on oceanography, saltwater sports, and coastal cultures.
Film festival programs cost $6 to $10. Children’s films and activities hosted by the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, and the Marine Mammal Center are free. The final film selections will be announced in early January. For details visit www.oceanfilmfest.org or call (415)310-5259.