2021 Florida Surf Film Festival

June 18th and 19th Programming Announced!

     New Smyrna Beach, FL – Florida Surf Film Festival (FSFF), presented by Monster Energy, is proud to announce official selections for the feature and short documentary categories for its first installment of the 2021 festival on June 18th and 19th at Atlantic Center for the Arts, in New Smyrna Beach, with doors opening at 5:00PM, and films beginning at 6:00PM, each night.
     Filmmakers, cast, and jurors in attendance include Lisa Andersen, 4-time World Champion of Girls Can’t Surf, and Ashton Goggans, Director, and Patrick Eichstaedt, Editor and Archival Contributor, Andy Irons and the Radicals, produced by Stab Premium.


Both evenings will be accompanied by tacos and poke bowls from our loyal sponsor Clancy’s Cantina, and suds by New Smyrna Brewing Company. We’ll have some giveaways from Firewire, Creatures of Leisure, Roark, YETI, Total Vision, Red Dog Surf Shop, and more! Thanks so much for supporting our mission. LanceO with Kulcha Shok Muzik will be spinning the turn tables…
Check our website for an updated schedule, but here’re our estimated screen times:
Friday, June 18, 2021:
Saturday, June 19, 2021:
  • 5:00PM – Doors open
  • 6:00PM – Commencement with John Brooks, Festival Director
  • 6:10PM –  Maurice Cole: The First Wave by Peter Baker, Dark Hollow by Joe G. and Arc of Aleutia, by Chris Burkard and Ben Weiland
  • 7:30PM – Intermission
  • 8:30PM – Girls Can’t Surf, by Chris Nelius
  • 10:00PM – Q & A with Lisa Andersen
Following Executive Order #21-102 from Ron Desantis dated Monday, May 3, 2021, which suspends all local Covid-19 restrictions and mandates on individuals and businesses, the festival will not require the use of a face covering when inside a building at Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA). This applies to all guests. While impossible to monitor who’s been fully vaccinated and who hasn’t, we respectfully ask that if you haven’t been fully vaccinated, please continue to wear a face covering while inside an ACA building.
If you are experiencing symptoms or you’ve been exposed to someone who’s tested positive or experiencing symptoms, please contact us for a full refund before the date of the event.

New Podcast:  Hail Mary with Balaram Stack

Balaram Stack talked to us about his new project with Ben Gulliver, Hail Mary, due to be released in the fall of 2021.  He shared a gem about taking a beat down in the Caribbean, and Ben thought Bal had disappeared in the Pacific Northwest ocean.  Enjoy the gab.

Subscribe to our Podcast NOW (Sometime, it takes a couple hours for the latest episode to populate. Check your device’s “recent” updates for the latest episode.): AppleSpotifyLibsyn – Google Podcasts – Amazon Music – Audible

Entry fee is $5.00.

Next Dates:  August 28th and November 19 & 20, 2021

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.

Subscribe NOW (Sometime, it takes a couple hours for the latest episode to populate. Check your device’s “recent” updates for the latest episode.): AppleSpotifyLibsyn – Google Podcasts – Amazon Music – Audible

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.


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 and preserving narrative from artists far and wide while also producing a story-driven podcast, literary group discussions, and artistic workshops.