Programming Announced for Florida Surf Film Festival 2021

Eighth Annual Florida Surf Film Festival Announces 2021 Official Selections

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 final installment of the 2021 festival on November 19th and 20th at Atlantic Center for the Arts, in New Smyrna Beach.

Passes are now available:

  1. Adults: One-night passes run $25 and a two-night pass runs $35
  2. Kids: 10 and under are also available for $15/night and $25/two-nights.
  3. A patron pass for $125/person includes a festival poster, 2021 FSFF t-shirt, FSFF 20-ounce YETI Tumbler, dinner both nights from Clancy’s Cantina on-site, two-night festival pass, and four drink tickets per night.
  4. We also offer a Green Room Membership, which includes an annual pass to all events for the next twelve months, including all the patron pass benefits. Please email Kevin@floridasurffilmfestival.comwith any questions.

Jurors in attendance for the 2021 festival include Matt Warshaw, Encyclopedia of Surfing, Scott Hulet of The Surfer’s Journal, and Matthew Shaw, The Surfer’s Journal writer.

Filmmakers in attendance include Jack Coleman with his new work Polysun, a 32-minute ride-anything look at Joey Bookout, scored by the self-titled 1976 album from Relatively Clean Rivers.  It’s Coleman at his best with his pure joy approach to surf films.

Isaac Halasima, director of Waterman, a sensational documentary of Duke Kahanamoku’s life and legend, will be in attendance to present his work and answer fans questions about the incredible journey of documenting the father of modern surfing.

We are extremely honored to serve as the world premiere of the 50th anniversary screening of Albert Falzon’s masterpiece Morning of the Earth, which has been digitally remastered in 4k from its 16mm original stock. Restoration producers Justin Jarchow-Misch and Wyatt Daily, will be in attendance to discuss the challenges of honoring Albert’s beautiful, timeless work.  In fact, Wyatt will have a short film of an interview with Albert set to yet unseen footage from the B roll footage.

Festival selections screened during February 2020, June and August 2021 are also included for competition. They are listed below.

Check our website for an updated schedule, but here’re our estimated screen times:

November 19, 2021:

  • 4:30PM – Doors open
  • 5:30PM
    • Havana Libre by MakeWild Films, 90 min.
  • 7:30PM
    • Antidote To Our Times by Christian Marsh, 8 min.
    • Fail by Eduardo Vento, 4 min.
    • Eastbound and All Around starring the Geiselmans, Kolohe Andino, Luke Davis, and the Colapinto Brothers, 6 min.
    • Polysun starring Joey Bookout by Jack Coleman, in attendance, 32 min.
    • Q & A with Jack Coleman, 10 min.
    • Raffle – Dragon, The SurfNetwork, Roark, and more
  • 9:30PM
    • Sway by Matt Kleiner, 9 min.
    • Born Pacific starring Pete Devries by Nate Laverty, 14 min.
    • Water Get No Enemy by Aurthur Bourbon and Damien Castera, 46 min.
    • Raffle – Cronin Surfboard, YETI

November 20, 2021:

  • 5:00PM – Doors
  • 6:00PM
    • We Are Like Waves by Jordyn Romero, 12 min.
    • Waterman by Isaac Halasima, in attendance, and Sidewinder Films, 88 min.
    • Q & A with Isaac Halasima, 10 min.
    • Raffle – Various
  • 9:00PM
    • MOTE: 50 Years Around the Sun by Wyatt Daily, 10 min.
    • Morning of the Earth starring Terry Fitzgerald, Michael Peterson, and Nat Young by Albert Falzon and restoration producer, Justin Jarchow-Misch, in attendance, 79 min.
    • Raffle – Cronin Surfboard, YETI

Included also for competition, but screening on February 5, 2022, will be For the Dream, a documentary about the essence of Ben Gravy’s approach to surfing and his quest to ride a wave in all fifty states.  Look for more information in Early January.

Previously screened films during 2020 and 2021 included for competition:

Features:

  • Transition by Nate Laverty
  • A Corner of the Earth by Ishka Folkwell
  • Andy Irons and the Radicals, by Ashton Goggans and Sam Moody
  • Arc of Aleutia by Chris Burkard
  • Girls Can’t Surf by Chris Nelius and Tom Sachs
  • Whistle of Wilderness by Chris Miyashiro
  • Rainbows in the Rearview by Albee Layer and Take Shelter Productions

Shorts:

  • Inner Wild by Jack Coleman
  • The Midnight Hour by Keith Malloy
  • Dancing in Dakar by Luke Pilbeam
  • Tech Noir by Christian Edwards and Noa Mizuno
  • Maurice Cole: The First Wave by Peter Baker
  • Dark Hollow by Joe G.
  • Grit and Water by Dan Norkunas and Take Shelter Productions
  • The Shape of Air by Rob Layton
  • Imogen Caldwell by Morgan Maassen
  • Mirage: The Ever-Changing Story of Skeleton Bay by Alan Van Gysen and Will Bendix

We recognize the difference between Best Documentary and Best Surf Movie.  Those who approach the art form by documenting, a character, locale, etc. with personal interviews, historical footage, and anecdotal clips will be in competition for Best Documentary, and those movies focusing on the high performance, action-driven sequences will compete for Best Surf Movie. This award will be extended to short films as well. In addition, Best Cinematography and Best Soundtrack will be awarded for both feature and short films, along with a Viewers’ Choice award.

Juries include:  Feature Films – Taylor Steele, Matt Warshaw, Keith Malloy, David Scales, Charlie “Chas” Smith, and Lauren Hill.  Short Films –Marcus Sanders, Scott Hulet, Ashton Goggans, Joe Turpel, and Matthew Shaw.

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

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

Major Sponsors: Advent Health, Cronin Surfboards, Creatures of Leisure, Florida Virtual School, Brian Layman Wealth Management, Red Dog Surf Shop, Kembali Board Shack, Café Verde, and Clancy’s Cantina.

Sponsors:  Scott Yurchison Real Estate, Daytona Climbing Company, Dragon Alliance, LunDev Homes, New Smyrna Beach Brewing Company, Nixon, Mangrove Bay Design, SurfYogis, Biological Consulting Services, New Smyrna Spine and Injury Center, Beachside Tavern, La Ponderosa Beach and Jungle Resort, Total Vision, Funxion IT, Holistic Movements, Surfrider Foundation.

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

Encyclopedia of Surfing provides our historical and archival needs.

Florida Surf Film Festival 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.

NEW PODCAST: Coffee Talk with Taylor Steele


Taylor Steele joins us for episode 20, and after working for many years on producing, filming, editing, and directing, he has embarked on three new careers.  He’s now an entrepreneur, festival operator, and creative director on a TV show.  Oh, and driving through India in the middle of the night, rain, and surfing a van over a cliff…  Enjoy.

NEW PODCAST: Wavemaker with Tom Lochtefeld

Tom Lochtefeld plays cards very close to his chest, unless of course, he knows only three of you will listen to this podcast.  The quality of information shared by this engineer of man-made waves in pools is worth a listen, if you’re interested in this form of joy.  Even if you’re not, and you’d like to argue in favor of nature-made surf, feel free to critique his life goals.  But if you find yourself sliding, gliding, and hopefully, slotting a few thanks to the brain cells on offer here in the not-to-distant future, don’t be surprised.

Programming Announced for August 28th

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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 second installment of the 2021 festival on August 28th at Atlantic Center for the Arts, in New Smyrna Beach, with doors opening at 5:00PM, and films beginning at 6:00PM.

Filmmakers, cast, and jurors in attendance include Chris Miyashiro, director, of Whistle of Wilderness and Albee Layer, star and editor of his new film Rainbows in the Rearview, with longtime collaborator, Dan Norkunas. Both are hoping to make an appearance.

Saturday night 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. 

  • 5:00PM – Doors open
  • 6:00PM – Commencement with John Brooks, Festival Director
  • 6:10PM – Grit and Water, by Dan Norkunas/Take Shelter Productions, and starring Torrey Meister (18 mins.); and Whistle of Wilderness, by Chris Miyashiro (50 mins.)
  • 7:15PM – Q & A with Chris Miyashiro
  • 7:30PM – Intermission
  • 8:30PM – The Shape of Air, by Rob Layton (6 min.); Imogen Caldwell, by Morgan Maassen (8 mins.); Mirage: The Ever Changing Story of Skeleton Bay, by Allen Van Gysen and Will Bendix (18 mins.); and Rainbows in the Rearview, by Dan Norkunas and Albee Layer with Take Shelter Productions, starring Matt Meola and Albee Layer (36 mins.)

We strongly suggest that you and your loved ones ONLY attend this event if you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as the blackbox theater is an indoor venue. We also strongly suggest that you wear a face covering while inside the venue to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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 you 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: Wandering with Chris Miyashiro

Artist and filmmaker, Chris Miyashiro, talks about his process, from dreams to road trips, and his style as a filmmaker.  His first movie, In Dancing Days of Dawn, premiered with us in June of 2019.  We love Chris’s work and will be showing Whistle of Wilderness on August 28th at Atlantic Center for the Arts.  Enjoy the chat, and come meet him at the screening. Check out his stories here.

NEW PODCAST: Risk Tolerance with Chris Burkard


Chris Burkard is at the top of his profession.  With some average equipment and a lot of hours and hard work, he developed a natural talent for communicating the beauty of this place with us.  The work he’s presented within the surf genre comes from extreme terrain and uncrowded line-ups, and his new projects seem to find a collaborative, refined narrative reflecting the maturity of an older, smarter, more efficient artist.  We’re honored to have him share some stories of his recent collaboration with Ben Weiland and Roark, Arc of Aleutia.

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

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

June 18 and 19 Programming Announced – We’re Back!

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.

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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: The Whole Story with Albee Layer and Dan Norkunas

Albee Layer and Dan Norkunas have been making movies and web episodes together since 2010, and they may have been pulled apart by time and circumstance, but their work continues through the pandemic.  On Maui, Albee continues to generate content and has found himself in the editing bay for long stretches of the day, and in Bend, OR, Dan has gone back to the mountains for some much needed regenerative diversity in setting.  The results are glorious.  Enjoy this chat about the Eddie, Rainbows in the Rearview, and more.

NEW PODCAST: Reconnoiter with Ben Gulliver

From the moment we locked eyes on Ben Gulliver’s work, we fell deeply in love.  He’s not so bad himself, but when offered the opportunity to interview him and beat his ass in golf down in Jupiter, FL, we jumped all over it.  The update and stories are funny and often a little scary when it comes to the Pacific Northwest or Scottish Isles.  Please enjoy.