2020 Florida Surf Film Festival

Peter Hamblin is a SURFER poll and Emmy award-winning filmmaker from South Africa who grunted through ad exec and no pay WCT gigs to start his own London-based production company.  From suit to creative, he’s crafted top quality films and added his unique vision to surf cinema, weaving bar room fables, classic portraits, and world championship quests into glistening gems on the screen. Listen in to his journey, and know that if Peter makes another surf flick in the next couple years, Kevin and John will be the first to host.

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Chad Campbell will be back with us for some Tavarua boatman stories.  Look for it in a couple weeks.

Due to transmission and health risks presented by COVID-19, our gathering of surf movie fans must be deferred until 2021.  Therefore, Florida Surf Film Festival presented by Monster Energy is announcing the following:

1.     February 2021 event is canceled, and we’re planning to go live June of 2021 on Father’s Day Weekend.

2.     All sponsorships will be extended by 12 months from their original expiration date.

The more we thought about executing an online event, the more we realized that online is not who we are.  Our celebrations are defined by live, in-person events, and you, the collective fan, already have such a plethora of content that an online festival would just be another piñata among piñatas.  And filmmakers don’t get the same thrill as attending in-person with their fans, sharing their months or years-long work.  March 7, 2020, was ironically a huge success, and as such, those films will be included in the 2021 festival competition.

Submissions for the 2021 festival are open via our website here. We will begin the process of acceptance for the 2021 festival all over again, and we will notify filmmakers individually if their 2020 official selection status will remain active for 2021.

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

Principal Sponsors: Roark, YETI, Surfline, Globe Brand Footwear, Anson Stoner (Advertising and Creative), and Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Major Sponsors: AdventHealth, Firewire Surfboards, Florida Virtual School, Brian Layman Wealth Management, Red Dog Surf Shop, Kembali Board Shack, Café Verde, and Clancy’s Cantina

Sponsors: SurfEars, Scott Yurchison Real Estate, Dragon Alliance, LunDev Homes, New Smyrna Beach Brewing Company, Cigar City Brewing, Dex Imaging, Nixon, Mangrove Bay Design, Biological Consulting Services, Pura Vida Bracelets, La Ponderosa Beach and Jungle Resort, Total Vision, Funxion IT, Holistic Movements, NSB Spine and Injury Center, Beachside Tavern, Surfrider Foundation (Cocoa Beach and Flagler/Volusia Chapters), and Hampton Inn.

Media Partnerships include:  Surfline, The Surfer’s Journal, Surf Splendor Podcast Network, The SurfNetwork, and Encyclopedia of Surfing.

Encyclopedia of Surfing provides our historical and archival needs.

Mission:

Florida Surf Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, public charity, invigorating surf culture and artistic appreciation by exhibiting contemporary documentary films with surfing as a focus from artist far and wide while also producing a story-driven podcast, literary group discussions, and artistic workshops.