Florida Surf Film Festival – November 6-7, 2015

Tickets Available at the Door Only As of 3:45PM 11/6/15

Special Re-Scheduling Note!!!  

The Morgan Maassen slideshow has been moved to Friday, November 6th at 6PM, due to unexpected client commitments overseas.  This means Salty Air Stare, The Return, and Dulce will all be moved to Saturday, November 7th at 6PM. We hope you can still see Morgan’s slideshow on Friday night, and if you purchased tickets for Saturday night and would either like to change them to Friday or like a refund, please email Kevin Miller at kevin@floridasurffilmfestival.com.

Florida Surf Film Festival (FSFF), presented by Monster Energy, is proud to announce the official selections for the feature film and short film categories for its third annual festival, November 6-7, 2015, at Atlantic Center for the Arts.  Individual tickets will be on sale at the festival for $15 per evening and $25 for a two-night pass. Patron level support is also available in limited numbers for $125/pp. (second pass is $75), which includes dinner with filmmakers, t-shirt, two-night festival pass, and four drink tickets. Passes and ticket packages are available here.  Please email Kevin@floridasurffilmfestival.com with any questions or ticket orders.  Did we mention CJ Hobgood will be attending Friday, November 6th?  Come meet the World Champ and wish him luck in Hawaii.

Photo: Brian Bielmann

Photo: Brian Bielmann

While the number of feature films submitted this year decreased, the movies selected exhibited the highest quality of entertainment and awe for our filmgoers. Short films were prominently represented through this year’s submissions using a wide-range of filmmaking approaches and topics.

This year, a new award category will be added to recognize the difference between Best Traditional Documentary and Best Surf Flick. Those who approach the art form with an intention and format representative of documenting a character, locale, etc. with personal interviews, historical footage, and anecdotal clips will be in competition for Best Traditional Documentary, and those movies focusing on the high performance, action-driven sequences will compete for Best Surf Flick. This award will be extended to short films as well. In addition, Best Cinematography and Best Soundtrack will be awarded for both feature and short films, along with a Viewers’ Choice award.

We are proud to announce the schedule of films for November 6th and 7th Florida Surf Film Festival.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Doors Open at 5PM

6:00PM:  Morgan Maassen Slideshow and short films – 45 min, plus a short film:  The Rush of the Continuous Rhythm, 6 min.

7:30PM:  Fish – 80 min.


  • The Faroes: Outpost Vol. 2 – 25 min.
  •  Plus/Plus – 9 min.
  • Mute – 21 min.



  • Tail Fin Trials – 2 min.
  • Artisanal Lifestyle – 4 min.
  • Spinning at the Speed of Now – 21 min.

Feature: Eyes Wide Open – 37 min.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

4:00PM – Patrons Dinner with the Filmmakers

Doors Open at 5PM


  • The Craftsman Project – 7 min.
  • Salty Air Stare – 7  min.
  • Return – 7 min.
  • Dulce – 25 min.

8:00PM:  Psychic Migration – 60 min.



  • The Pacific Wayfarer – 6 min.
  • Off the Well Worn Path – 9 min.


  • The Hunt for Hipmasama – 35 min.


  • Two Night Festival Pass – $25
  • One Night Ticket – $15

To pre-purchase tickets visit here. If you have questions, please email kevin@floridasurffilmfestival.com.

A limited number of Patron Passes will be sold, which include:

  • Exclusive dinner with the filmmakers at Atlantic Center for the Arts.
  • Festival Pass for two nights at Atlantic Center for the Arts
  • Patron gift bag featuring FSFF sponsor products
  • Florida Surf Film Festival T-Shirt
  • $125 per person – Please email kevin@floridasurffilmfestival.com to purchase your patron’s pass with your shirt size and gender.

Florida Surf Film Festival’s screening panel, comprised of ten individuals with journalistic, cultural, and/or experiential factors will determine recognition for the following awards:

  • Best Traditional Documentary – Feature
  • Best Surf Flick – Feature
  • Best Cinematography – Feature
  • Best Soundtrack – Feature
  • Best Traditional Documentary – Short
  • Best Surf Flick – Short
  • Best Cinematography – Short
  • Best Soundtrack – Short
  • Viewers’ Choice Award – Feature
  • Viewers’ Choice Award – Short

Screening panelists include: Feature Category – Matt Warshaw, Joe Turpel, Chad Campbell, Lewis Samuels, and Ben Mondy. Short Category – Matt Pruett, Lindsay Perry, Matt Kechele, Nick McGregor, and Bryan Forand.

The 2015 program focuses on presenting new work by independent filmmakers and exploring the interplay between independent documentary films, surfing, our culture, and music. The program announced today includes six feature films and twenty-nine short films.

Filmmaker/Photographer Morgan Maassen will be hosting a full day photography workshop on November 6th; details are available at www.floridasurffilmfestival.com. Morgan will also be displaying prints from his catalog.

We are proud to have Monster Energy serve as our presenting sponsor for this year’s festival, providing travel and lodging for the filmmakers who attend the festival.

Cigar City Brewing and Green Room Brewing will serve as the festival’s official beer sponsors, presenting in the Pabst Visitors Center and Gallery.

Clancy’s Cantina and Café Verde will serve as the festival’s official food sponsor, presented in the Whatmore Commons.

Other sponsors so far include Globe, Brian Layman Financial Services, Fiat of Daytona Beach, 1-850-CALL-JOE, Grapevine Events and Marketing, Octopus, Spy Eyewear, Nixon Watches, Hayden Shapes, GetSalty, Holistic Movements, Punta Conejo Resort, Los Mangos Hotel, Waterways Travel, Stance, Poler Stuff, Total Vision, Red Dog Surf Shop and Kembali, Surfrider Foundation(Volusia/Flagler Chapter). A silent auction featuring some of our sponsors’ products will be held in the Pabst Visitor Center and Gallery.

Press and Sponsorship Inquiries:

John Brooks, Festival Director, at john@floridasurffilmfestival.com

Atlantic Center for the Arts is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3), interdisciplinary artists-in-residence community and arts education facility dedicated to promoting artistic excellence by providing talented artists an opportunity to work and collaborate with some of the world’s most distinguished contemporary artists in the fields of music composition and the visual, literary and performing arts. Community interaction is coordinated through on-site and outreach presentations, workshops and exhibitions.