Florida Surf Film Festival – November 7-8, 2014

The Florida Surf Film Festival’s mission is to invigorate Florida surf culture through film appreciation and artistic expression, exhibiting contemporary films.


New Smyrna Beach, FL - On September 12, 2014, the Florida Surf Film Festival is proud to screen Uncharted Waters, a feature documentary film about the life of Wayne Lynch, at 7PM at Atlantic Center for the Arts.  The film is entered for competition in the feature category of the festival, which will take place on November 7 – 8th.  Tickets are $5.

Wayne Lynch burst onto the Australian surfing scene in the 1960s and rode a wave like no one else. He opened up fresh possibilities with a radically new vertical style. He was a champion, a draft dodger, an outsider, a revolutionary, a messiah, an environmentalist, a victim, a wild man, a pauper and an enigma. He tested himself against the big waves and produced something beautiful and exhilarating and elegant in the process.

If you’ve ever surfed, or if you appreciate the sheer grace of a board rider racing down the face of a big wave, this biography of one of Australia’s legends will make your heart beat that little bit faster and have you longing for the freedom, beauty and simplicity of a wave and a board.

Uncharted Waters – The Personal History of Wayne Lynch from Patagonia on Vimeo.


November 7, 2014 – Atlantic Center for the Arts

The Florida Surf Film Festival is proud to present a full day photography workshop with Chris Burkard, Senior Staff Photographer for Surfer Magazine.   Workshop includes:

  • 9:00AM – Meet and Greet
  • 10:00AM – Slideshow
  • 11:00AM – Camera Systems
  • 12:00PM – Water-housings/Shooting tips
  • 1:00PM – Lunch
  • 1:30PM – Freestyle/Shoot/Mess Around Time
  • 2:30PM – Editing and Style
  • 3:30PM – Photographic Theory, Business, and Social Media
  • 4:30PM – Question and Answer
  • Plus: Florida Surf Film Festival 2 night Patron Pass
  • Exclusive Dinner with Filmmakers of the Festival on Saturday
  • Festival T-shirt and other sponsor donated take aways
  • 20% Discount on Lodging at Atlantic Center for the Arts
  • Price = $495

Apply HERE.

Please bring:

  • DSLR camera, required.
  • Water housing, not required, but helpful for further knowledge.
  • Laptop and editing software, very helpful.

Chris Burkard is a self-taught photographer and artist, based in Central Coast California, whose work is layered by surf, outdoor, lifestyle and travel subjects.

At the age of 28, Burkard has established himself as a known name in the surf and outdoor industries, accomplished a deep body of work, held staff and senior photographer positions and has been recognized continually for his distinct creative compositions. Currently, Burkard serves as Senior Staff Photographer for Surfer Magazine. With ocean as his main muse, Burkard has consistently captured this subject in timeless and expansive photographic impressions, utilizing the tool of surfing to approach the ocean’s intricate personality and then extending out to include the human personalities that draw meaning from this same source. Searching for wild, remote destinations and offbeat landscapes, Burkard portrays the humble placement of the human in contrast to nature.


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.


2013 Florida Surf Film Festival Awards

Mick Soiz and Dustin Miller - Photo by Christina Maldonado
Mick Soiza and Dustin Miller – Photo by Christina Maldonado

The inaugural Florida Surf Film Festival is a wrap, and the screening panelists and founders are pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 awards.  “It has been a delight to bring a truly international lineup of contemporary surf films to our audience,” said Festival Director and Co-Founder, John Brooks.  “We are thrilled with the overall success of the inaugural event and looking forward to continuing quarterly film nights throughout the year as well as preparing for next years festival.”  The 2013 festival kicked off with the Patrons’ Dinner, including a Filmmaker Q&A and world premiere of Taylor Steele’s film Missing.  Friday and Saturday night showcased 8 feature films and 15 short films, an impromptu art contest, and DJ LanceO of Kulcha Shok Muzik kept everyone lively into the wee hours of the night.

The screening panelists have entered their selections, along with our viewers’ choices.  The awards are as follows:

  • Best Feature:  Slow Dance – Producer – Beren Hall, Director – Dane Reynolds
  • Best Cinematography:  The Heart and The Sea – Producer, Director, & Cinematographer – Nathan Oldfield
  • Best Soundtrack:  Good Morning Miyazaki – Producer & Director – Matt Wescott
  • Best Short:  Done – Producer – John John Florence Inc., Director – Blake Vincent Kueny
  • Viewers Choice Feature:  Missing – Producer – Rip Curl & Garage Entertainment, Director – Taylor Steele
  • Viewers Choice Short:  Handcrafted: Thomas Bexon – Producer & Director – Mick Soiza
  • Viewers Choice Short Honorable Mention:  Step N’ Soul – Producer & Director- Toma Jablon

Kevin Miller, Founder and President, said, “It’s been such a great year for surf documentary films, and we were lucky to have screened the passion and hard work of the filmmakers for surf film enthusiasts of Florida.  We had attendees from all over the southeast, and we look forward to broadening our reach next year to share these beautiful pieces and introduce more filmmakers to lovers of surf cinema.  Atlantic Center for the Arts really partnered well with our cause, and we are happy to announce that we’ll be back there again November 7-8, 2014.”




The Florida Surf Film Festival’s mission is to invigorate Florida surf culture through film appreciation and artistic expression, exhibiting contemporary documentary films.