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, 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.  The Florida Surf Film Festival, established in December of 2012, is held at Atlantic Center for the Arts and is continually open for submissions.  Florida Surf Film Festival, Inc. is a Florida non-profit corporation.

Typically, films are selected from a pool of applicants from the Global Surf Film Festival Collective submission system, of which our festival is a part.  Once films are selected, they are screened during one of four quarterly screenings during the festival year beginning in January.  If there are not enough films to fill all four quarters, there may only be three events in one year.

During October, the juries will view the official selections for the festival and vote on their top three for each of the following categories.  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

Awards are announced at the culmination of the year’s festival main two-night event in New Smyrna Beach, FL at Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Submit your work here.

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.