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.

Florida Surf Film Festival (FSFF) presented by Johnnie-O is proud to announce the official selections for the feature film and short film categories for its second annual festival, November 7-8, 2014, 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 Passes are also available for $99 and include dinner with the filmmakers Saturday, November 8, at 4PM, two-night festival pass, FSFF t-shirt, and access to Patrons’ Bar.  Please email Kevin@floridasurffilmfestival.com with any questions or ticket orders.

The 2014 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 eight feature films and fourteen short films.  Filmmakers from all over the world submitted over 200 films from which the FSFF make their official selections.  The program includes films documenting surfing from Alaska, Norway, Morocco, Peru, India, Ireland, and many more locations.

Filmmaker/Photographer Chris Burkard will be hosting a full day photography workshop on November 7th; details are available at www.floridasurffilmfestival.com.  Chris will also be displaying prints from the making of the movie, The Cradle of Storms.  Donald Brink will have surfboards on display from his short film, and various artists will have installations viewable around the ACA Campus.


Beyond the Surface – Crystal Thornberg Homcy/Dave Homcy

Strange Rumblings in Shangri-La - Globe/Joe G

Attractive Distractions - Dan Norkunas and Albee Layer

I Had too Much to Dream Last Night – Dustin Humphrey

Death to Hipsters – Dark Fall Productions

Expencive Porno Movie – Tin Ojeda

Uncharted Waters – Craig Griffin

Se7en Signs – Nathan Meyers

Tierra de Patagones - Julian & Joaquin Azulay


The Cradle of Storms – Bryce Lowe-White/Ben Weiland/Chris Burkard

Shaping Life – Donald Brink

Under Desert Sun – Kevin Voegtlin

If In Doubt Paddle Out – Andrew Blackman

Catch It – Sarah Menzies

Gathering – Nathan Oldfield

Chasing Rumours – Lauren Davies

Birds Surf Shed – Paul Von Petrzelka

Invasion – Fred Berho/Thomas Larocca

The Sunnydale Kids – Adam Warmington

Unpredictable Happiness – James Skerritt

Surfer Saltado – Drew Miller

The Involvement Dream – Nathan Oldfield

De Passage – Reef/Russell Brownley

Arctic Swell – Surfing the Ends of the Earth - Chris Burkard, Anton Lorimer

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

  • Best Picture – Feature
  • Best Cinematography – Feature
  • Best Soundtrack – Feature
  • Best Picture – Short
  • Best Cinematography – Short
  • Best Soundtrack – Short
  • Viewers’ Choice Award – Feature
  • Viewers’ Choice Award – Short

Screening panelists include Jamie Brisick, Joe Turpel, Matt Pruett, Matt Kechele, Nick McGregor, and Bryan Forand.


We are proud to have Johnnie-O Apparel Brand serve as our presenting sponsor for this year’s festival, providing travel and lodging for the filmmakers who attend the festival.  They will feature products in the Mark and Margery Pabst Visitors Center and Gallery.

Cigar City Brewing and Green Room Brewing will serve as the festival’s official beer sponsors, presenting in the Pugh Sculpture Studio and the Mark and Margery 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 Nixon Watches, Brian Layman Financial Services, Total Vision, Waterways Travel, Red Dog Surf Shop and Kembali, Surfrider Foundation(Volusia/Flagler Chapter).  A silent auction featuring our sponsors’ products will be held in the Helene B. Roberson Dance Studio.

The Florida Surf Film Festival’s mission is to invigorate Florida surf culture through film appreciation and artistic expression by exhibiting contemporary films from filmmakers far and wide.

Press and Sponsorship Inquiries:

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

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.