Florida Surf Film Festival – November 18-19, 2016

Quarterly Screening Series 2 – June 17, 2016 – Father’s Day Weekend

June 17, 2016 – Father’s Day Weekend, Florida Surf Film Festival, presented by Monster Energy, will be running new films for the 2016 festival at Atlantic Center for the Arts with doors opening at 6PM and movies at 7PM.  Please stay tuned to our website and facebook page for more details.

Here are some photos from February 19th’s Movie Night.

View from a Blue Moon, Gold, and US Premiere of The More Things Change February 19th Screening

On February 19th, 2016, Florida Surf Film Festival be screening a few films with doors opening at 6PM and films OUTDOORS at Atlantic Center for the Arts (1414 Art Center Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL) starting at 7PM with “Freezing” – a new short documentary (mockumentary) by Rob Lockyear and Jeremy Joyce, Gold – Sterling Spencer’s humorous parody of surf celebrity and its ego-at-large. Next up at 9PM, we’ll premiere in the United States The More Things Change – Gerry Lopez’s Uluwatu Talk Story – a new film by Nathan Myers about Gerry’s discovery and early years spent at the now exposed left hander. Lastly, View from a Blue Moon, a new film by Blake Vincent Kueny and John Florence, in association with Brain Farm, will follow.  Bring a sweater!

This is our first installment of films for the 2016 festival year, and all films are entered for competition for the 2016 festival, which will be held on November 18th and 19th.  Florida Surf Film Festival will also be screening to-be-determined entries on June 17th (Friday of Father’s Day Weekend) and Saturday, September 3, 2016 (Saturday of Labor Day Weekend).

“View From A Blue Moon” Trailer from John John Florence on Vimeo.


Here’s a trailer for Gold:

GOLD TEAZER from SterlingSpencer on Vimeo.

Here’s a trailer for The More Things Change – Gerry Lopez’s Uluwatu Talk Story:

Here’s a trailer for Freezing:

2015 Awards


Photo: Kris Kerr

New Smyrna Beach, FL – The Third Annual Florida Surf Film Festival (FSFF) is a wrap, and the screening panelists and founders are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 awards.

“Our third year was truly amazing, not only with the spectacular lineup of films, but with the attendance of so many filmmakers and athletes, the continuation of our Photography Workshop Series featuring world-renowned lens-man Morgan Maassen, and the art show featuring work from Ty Williams, Mr. Maassen and others.  We continuously try to elevate the event,” said Festival Director and Co-Founder, John Brooks.  “We are excited about the ongoing partnerships we share with the Atlantic Center for the Arts and our new Presenting Sponsor, Monster Energy, and we look forward to growing the festival for our fans and especially the filmmakers.”

The 2015 festival kicked off Friday with a star-studded lineup of filmmakers and surfers in attendence.  During the day on Friday, FSFF featured a photography workshop hosted by Morgan Maassen, and he opened Friday night with a live, narrated slideshow featuring his cumulative works, including his first ever published photo and three short films.  Australia’s own Joseph Ryan presented his multi-award winning documentary Fish to a packed house and added yet another award (see below) to his already impressive tally.  The third screening featured returning filmmakers Ben Weiland and Joe G.  Mr. Weiland presented his award winning short film, Faroes, The Outpost Vol. 2, and Mr. G. presented his short film collaboration with Dion Agius, +/+.  Next up, Nate Tyler was in attendance to present his new short film, Mute, along with executive producer, Tim English.  The late night crowd was treated to a few more films, including Sean Benik’s Spinning at the Speed of Now.

On Saturday night, Garrett Spencer and John Massey got things started with their short films Salty Air Stare and Return, respectively.  Patrick McMahon wrapped up the first screening with his beautiful film Dulce.  One of the highlights of the weekend was the culmination of the Volcom East Coast tour of their highly-anticipated feature film, Psychic Migrations, and festival-goers were treated to insights from filmmaker Ryan Thomas and starring surfer Nate Tyler.  With over 500 people packed into the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the mind-blowing soundtrack from Psychic Migrations, the atmosphere was electric and served as a fitting climax of the incredible weekend.

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

  • Best Documentary – Feature:  Fish; Director – Joseph Ryan
  • Best Surf Flick – Feature:  Psychic Migrations; Director – Ryan Thomas
  • Best Cinematography – Feature:  Psychic Migrations; Director – Ryan Thomas
  • Best Soundtrack – Feature:  Psychic Migrations; Director – Ryan Thomas
  • Viewers Choice – Feature:  Ocean Driven; Director – Aurelia Productions/Nadia Tarlow
  • Best Documentary – Short:  A Fisherman’s Son;  Director – Chris Malloy
  • Best Surf Flick – Short:  Spinning at the Speed of Now; Director – Sean Benik
  • Best Cinematography – Short:  Faroes, The Outpost Vol. 2; Director – Ben Weiland
  • Best Soundtrack – Short:  Brother; Director – Kai Neville/What Youth
  • Viewers Choice – Short:  Dulce; Director – Patrick McMahon
Press and Sponsorship Inquiries:

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

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.

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.