Surf enthusiasts, artists, and ocean buffs alike are welcome to attend the 3rd annual San Diego Surf Film Festival and celebrate the independent art of surf cinema! This is one of San Diego’s most exciting film events of the year, and provides a unique platform for independent filmmakers from around the world to showcase their talents.
This year’s event will be from May 7-10 and will highlight more than 25 international films, surf art galleries, Expression Sessions, live music and art, shaping demos, raging after-parties, and more at Bird’s Surf Shed– a world famous restored quonset hut filled with historically significant surfboards and artifacts.
The four-day event will officially kick off Wednesday evening on the 7th with a special VIP reception at Karl Strauss Brewery Tasting Room from 7-11pm. Enjoy delicious gourmet food and beverages while checking out some amazing art; mingle with today’s most prominent filmmakers, surf legends, and underground heroes and get an exclusive viewing of the first three featured films of the festival.
On Thursday the 8th, hang out at the Meet-and-Greet Filmmaker Happy Hour from 4-6pm and get to know some of the most prominent names in the surf film industry. The opening night will then include two consecutive blocks of films followed by an after-party at 11pm; Friday will follow the same schedule.
Saturday will host another block of films accompanied by the festival’s FIRST annual photography workshop! The event will be conducted by Todd Glaser, one of the surf industry’s leading photographers. Todd has spent the last few years traveling the globe shooting for Surfer Magazine, and is a proud recipient of the 2009 Surfer Magazine Photo of the Year. After the workshop, enjoy more films that evening through Sunday, when an awards ceremony will close out the fun-filled weekend.
Since Bruce Brown’s iconic surf film Endless Summer put California on the map in 1966, there is no denying that our beautiful coastal state has some serious roots in the surfing industry. The SDSFF’s main goal is to bring the global surfing community together on a more personal, grassroots level: “That’s the main reason why we are going to be a non-competitive festival. We don’t want this to be a popularity contest, or a way to promote a particular brand,” Kavanagh, co-founder of the festival, said. “Surf Films are one of the most important mediums we have to honor our beloved pastime and lifestyle. We want this to be a time to come together, enjoy each other’s company and be inspired by the works of art that these artists and filmmakers worked so hard on.”
Head over to Bird’s Surf Shed at 1091 West Morena Blvd from May 7-10 to experience this awesome new San Diego tradition! For tickets and more information about the San Diego Surf Film Festival please visit www.sandiegosurffilmfestival.com.
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[Images courtesy of sandiegosurffilmfestival.com, surf.transworld.net, and sandiegomagazine.com]
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