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The Thunder Bay International Film Festival is produced in partnership with the International Ocean Film Festival.

January 20-31, 2021

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In January 2021, join Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary as we take our annual film festival online! For the first time ever the Thunder Bay International Film Festival will be a virtual experience including online film screenings, live-stream interviews, Q&A and panel sessions with filmmakers, scientists, and ocean and Great Lakes stewards.

Now in its 9th year, the Thunder Bay International Film Festival (TBIFF) is a festival of independent ocean and Great Lakes films from all over the world. Themes range from adventure and science to marine life and coastal cultures. Films are selected to not only entertain audiences but also educate and inspire people to participate in environmental and stewardship efforts in and around the ocean and Great Lakes. The Thunder Bay International Film Festival is produced in partnership with the International Ocean Film Festival. 

For more information, please call or email Film Festival Coordinator
Stephanie Gandulla at 989-884-6212

Student Film Competition

2021 Theme #FreshWaterIs
The 2021 Student Film competition theme was #FreshWaterIs. The theme asked students to explain what the Fresh Water mean to them. All films will be viewed by a panel of professionals from the multimedia and filmmaking industry. Selected films will be made part of the Thunder Bay International Film Festival.
Click on the film to your right to see last year’s winner!