About Florida Surf Film Festival:


Florida Surf Film Festival presented by Monster Energy. Photo: Kris Kerr

Florida Surf Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity whose mission is to invigorate surf culture and artistic appreciation by exhibiting contemporary documentary films with surfing as a focus from artists far and wide and operate featured-artist workshops in journalism, photography, and filmmaking.  The Florida Surf Film Festival, established in December of 2012, is held at Atlantic Center for the Arts and is open for submissions.  Florida Surf Film Festival, Inc. is a Florida non-profit corporation.

Both short and feature length films will be considered for the following recognition:

  • Best Documentary Film – Feature
  • Best Surf Movie – Feature
  • Best Documentary Film – Short
  • Best Surf Movie – Short
  • Best Cinematography – Feature
  • Best Soundtrack – Feature
  • Best Cinematography – Short
  • Best Soundtrack – Short
  • Viewers’ Choice Award – Feature
  • Viewers’ Choice Award – Short
  • New for 2018 – Funniest Shit Award

Submit your work here.

Florida Surf Film Festival was founded by Kevin Miller and John Brooks.

Kevin Miller is a CPA, who works with non-profit institutions like Atlantic Center for the Arts, Inc., Images, A Festival of the Arts, Inc., and Himalayan Youth Foundation, and is an adjunct instructor in the Master of Accountancy program at Stetson University.  Surfing has been a hobby since discovering surf movies in 8th grade.

Kevin Miller Ruddy Photo

Kevin Miller, Founder/Executive Director Photo: Patrick Ruddy

John Brooks is a firefighter/EMT in Ponce Inlet, FL, former professional surfer, has held industry sales representative positions for large brands, and moonlights as an EMT at Kandui Villas in the Mentawai Islands.  He loves surf movies.

John Brooks

John Brooks, Founder/Festival Director


Tom Macaluso, Creative Director

Tom Macaluso, our Creative Director, serves as Senior Vice President and Creative Director of Anson-Stoner, Inc. Mr. Macaluso started his career at Anson-Stoner, Mr. Macaluso advanced to key creative positions at formidable national agencies, working on accounts such as Walt Disney World, Cirque du Soleil, Advance Auto Parts, Winn-Dixie Supermarkets, Universal Studios, Orlando Regional Healthcare System, Florida Power & Light and The Orlando Sentinel. Winner of several prestigious national awards, Mr. Macaluso rejoined the agency in 2006.

Our main venue and partner, 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.