2022 Awards Announced!

New Smyrna Beach, FL – After over 7,000 minutes (111 Hours) of programming since our inception in 2012, we are happy to announce we’re entering our 10th year of the festival. On December 14, 2012, Kevin Miller showed This Time Tomorrow by Taylor Steele at Atlantic Center for the Arts with John Brooks in attendance, and we now have 9 years of festival in the books, and a podcast to celebrate all these folks called Surf Stories. Now, the fourth and final event of the 2022 Florida Surf Film Festival, presented by his Monster Energy, has concluded, and we are excited to announce the winners of this year’s awards.

One of the biggest rewards of the festival is our ability to host filmmakers and surfers from around the world, and this year did not disappoint.  We kicked off the year with the world premiere of Ben Gravy’s, For the Dream, an amazing night with an overflowing packed house.  Ben’s inspirational story is highly recommended.

Ben Gravy and Peter Hamblin – Photos by Patrick Ruddy

We also hosted Peter Hamblin and the El Salvador crew as they premiered Sweet Adventure and took home the coveted Viewer’s Choice Feature Award – Feature.  One of our favorite singer/songwriters Matt Costa dipped his toe into the filmmaking world and came out to the festival to show off his short film, Donde Los Terremotos, earning Best Soundtrack – Short and treating our fans to a private concert following the premiere.  The two Bens – Weiland and Gulliver came over in August and took home some hardware for their efforts with Ben Weiland’s Island X earning Best Surf Film – Feature and Ben Gulliver taking Best Soundtrack – Feature for his Documentary Hail Mary, featuring the life of fearless east coaster, Balaram Stack.  Floridian filmmakers Lauren Hill, Drew Miller, and Luke Khotera showed their work respectively and attended the August event.

November closed out the year with a truly unbelievable weekend with Hurricane Nicole making landfall one day before the event.  Western Australia’s pride and joy, Kerby and Cortney Brown, holed up with Kevin and John in New Smyrna Beach, riding out the storm.  We also hosted Argentinian filmmaker/adventurer, Jaoquin Azulay and presented his latest work African Territory (Part One).

Facing Monsters, directed by Bentley Dean, took home the Best Documentary – Feature and Best Cinematography – Feature, shot by Rick Rifici, and if we gave an award for most vocal responses to a movie it surely would have taken that as well with audible gasps in abundance as Kerby charges era-defining, heavy water slabs.

Ben Gulliver and Balaram Stack – Photos by Patrick Ruddy

Here are all the winners for the festival year 2022:

Best Documentary – Short                 Beyond Sunset by Keith Malloy

Best Surf Movie – Short                      DNA by Jacob Vanderwork/Kyle Buthman

Best Cinematography – Short             Water III by Morgan Maassen

Best Soundtrack – Short                     Donde Los Terremotos by Matt Costa

Viewers’ Choice – Short                      The Color of Winter by Pat Stacy

Best Documentary – Feature              Facing Monsters by Bentley Dean/Rick Rifici

Best Surf Movie – Feature                  Island X by Ben Weiland

Best Cinematography – Feature         Facing Monsters by Bentley Dean/Rick Rifici

Best Soundtrack – Feature                 Hail Mary by Ben Gulliver

Viewers’ Choice – Feature                  Sweet Adventure by Peter Hamblin

John Brooks and Jack Coleman – Photo by Jade Camacho

Matt Costa – Photo by Christian Oehmke

It’s been an incredible year, and there’s no way to thank all the producers, directors, cinematographers, and editors that put their hard work into these projects. Their stories are the ones we want to hear. Adam Steckley constructed our 2022 awards from a felled Floridian tree allowing our winners to take home a piece of Florida in their awards.

We recognize the difference between Best Documentary and Best Surf Movie. Those who approach the artform by documenting character, locale, etc. with personal interviews, historical footage, and anecdotal clips were in competition for Best Documentary, and those movies focusing on the high performance, action-driven sequences competed for Best Surf Movie. This award will be extended to short films as well.

Florida Surf Film Festival’s jury, comprised of twelve individuals with journalistic, cultural, and/or experiential factors will determine recognition.

Juries include: Feature Films – Matt Warshaw, Chas Smith, David Scales, Taylor Steele, Keith Malloy, Lauren Hill, and Ira Opper. Short Films – Marcus Sanders, Takuji Masuda, Matthew Shaw, Scott Hulet, Ashton Goggans, Lisa Andersen, and Joe Turpel.

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.

Podcast Sponsor:  Surfing’s Evolution and Preservation Foundation

Principal Sponsors:  State of Florida Division of Arts and CultureVolusia CountyRoarkYETI, Sun BumSurfline, Anson StonerGlobe Brand Footwear, and Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Major Sponsors:  Buell WetBuell WetsuitssuitsCronin SurfboardsFlorida Virtual SchoolBrian Layman Wealth ManagementRed Dog Surf ShopKemKembali Board Shackbali Board ShackCafé Verde, and Clancy’s Cantina.

NSB Sponsors:  Flaunt Electric BicyclesScott Yurchison Real EstateDaytona Climbing CompanyDragon AllianceLunDev HomesNew Smyrna Beach Brewing CompanyNixonMangrove Bay Mangrove Bay DesignDesignBiologBiological Consulting Servicesical Consulting ServicesMyEyeDr. – Phil StephensFunxion ITLeus TowelsPura Vida BraceletsNSB Spine and Injury CenterBeachside Tavern, Solento Organic Tequila, and Surfrider Foundation Flagler/Volusia.

Media Partnerships include:  SurflineStabThe Surfer’s JournalSurf Splendor Podcast NetworkBeach GritThe SurfNetworkThe Inertiaand Encyclopedia of Surfing.

Encyclopedia of Surfing provides our historical and archival needs.

NEW PODCAST: Facing Monsters with Kerby and Cortney Brown

NEW PODCAST: Facing Monsters, winner of the 2022 Best Documentary and Best Cinematography in the feature category, just dropped online. Kerby and Cortney Brown joined us in Florida for a showing and a hurricane. We holed up in NSB, let the storm pass, paddled out, and had this chat. Find out what’s behind Kerby’s raw enthusiasm for slabbing piles of water pulling from shallow to dry surfaces. Hellman takes on a new meaning, especially in the face of parenthood. It’s complicated. Presented by @surfingsevolution 📷 @christianoehmke@surf_stories_podcast @spikeinitiative

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NEW PODCAST: Tupat with Patrick Eichstaedt

Patrick Eichstaedt has been shooting surfers since his teenage years and had enough foresight and passion for the art of filmmaking and photography to capture his friends, Andy and Bruce Irons, Aaron Cormican, and other east coasters for the early Lost films.  His immortal images continue to inform the early days of Andy, and his energetic spirit continues document the best. Poke’ sauce and more bear his lovable name… Tupat!

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Florida Surf Film Festival Announces November 2022 Programming

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New Smyrna Beach, FL – The fourth and final event of the 2022 Florida Surf Film Festival, presented by Monster Energy, at Atlantic Center for the Arts is approaching with a couple of special nights of movies lined up.

On Friday, November 11, 2022, we’ll kick off the festival with Joe Alani’s Through the Doggy Door, a poignant look at the ascension of Hawaiian Sheldon Paishon from literal poverty and homelessness to his dream life as a professional surfer.  Under the tutelage of surf royalty Mason Ho, Sheldon overcomes every conceivable obstacle to realize his dream; his inspirational story bares the challenging, competitive west side of Oahu.  Joe Alani takes a hard look inside Sheldon’s childhood, where a pair of flops and a new pair of boardies meant the world.  We see Sheldon progress through young adulthood, navigating the minefield of life’s most vicious hurdles, finding much needed refuge in the sea.  Next, Facing Monsters by director Bentley Dean, offers an unapologetic view of West OZ hell-man, Kerby Brown, and his struggles with fear, addiction, family bonds, and his insatiable obsession to pit himself against one of nature’s most intimidating forces.

Our second night, Saturday, November 12th, opens with African Territory, following the co-directors, Joaquin (in attendance) and Julian Azulay, aka the Gauchos Del Mar on a twenty-two-month anthropological expedition from Spain to South Africa as they find cultural exchange and loads of surf throughout the endless continent.  For true surf-adventure travelers, you will not find a ride as daunting and deep into the heart of Africa.  Closing out the night, festival veteran Jack Coleman (in attendance) presents Natural High, featuring John Peck’s energy and solid alternative shapes ridden by the best, including Steph Gillmore, Derrick Disney, among others.  Once again, Jack knocks it out of the park with an amazing soundtrack.

Sprinkled in with the features are some amazing short films such as VONA, The Rider, The Rolling East and others.  Featured jurors in attendance include 4X World Champion Lisa Andersen, Matt Warshaw, Editor and Founder of The Encyclopedia of Surfing and Scott Hulet, Creative Director at The Surfer’s Journal.

It’s sure to be an amazing weekend of films and community engagement with Clancy’s Cantina and Café Verde suppling the food and New Smyrna Brewing Company and Solento Organic Tequila featured at our full bar.  Tons of giveaways and raffle items from our sponsors including Nixon, Dragon, Yeti, Globe, Creatures of Leisure and of course, a Craig Cronin Surfboard will be up for grabs each night.

Friday, November 11, 2022:

5:00PM – Doors Open

6:00PM:

  • Commencement with Festival Director, John Brooks
  • Board Shop, dir. Patrick Smith – 2 min.
  • The Rolling East, dir. Ben Potter – 11 min.
  • Through the Doggy Door, starring Mason Ho, Sheldon Paishon, dir. Joe Alani – 89 min.
  • RAFFLE – Creatures of leisure, Roark, Globe, The SurfNetwork, and more

7:30PM:  INTERMISSION

8:30PM:

  • Facings Monsters, starring Kerby Brown, dir. Bentley Dean – 95 min.
  • RAFFLE – Cronin Surfboard, YETI, Roark, Globe, and more

Saturday, November 12, 2022:

5:00PM – Doors Open

6:00PM:

  • African Territory, dir. Joaquin and Julian Azulay – 110 min.
  • Q and A with Joaquin Azulay – 20 min.
  • RAFFLE – Creatures of leisure, Roark, Globe, The SurfNetwork, and more

8:00PM:  INTERMISSION

9:00PM:

  • Nancy, dir. Anna Frances Pearson – 3 min.
  • Board Shop, dir. Patrick Smith – 2 min.
  • VONA, starring Kepa Acero, dir. Clint Davis – 17 min.
  • The Rider, dir. Caitlin-Marie Miner Ong – 3 min.
  • Natural High, starring Stephanie Gilmore, Derrick Disney dir. Jack Coleman – 32 min.
  • Q&A with Jack Coleman – 20 min.
  • RAFFLE – Cronin Surfboard, YETI, Roark, Globe, and more

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.

Podcast Sponsor:  Surfing’s Evolution and Preservation Foundation

Principal Sponsors:  State of Florida Division of Arts and CultureVolusia CountyRoarkYETI, Sun BumSurfline, Anson StonerGlobe Brand Footwear, and Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Major Sponsors:  Buell WetBuell WetsuitssuitsCronin SurfboardsFlorida Virtual SchoolBrian Layman Wealth ManagementRed Dog Surf ShopKemKembali Board Shackbali Board ShackCafé Verde, and Clancy’s Cantina.

NSB Sponsors:  Flaunt Electric BicyclesScott Yurchison Real EstateDaytona Climbing CompanyDragon AllianceLunDev HomesNew Smyrna Beach Brewing CompanyNixonMangrove Bay Mangrove Bay DesignDesignBiologBiological Consulting Servicesical Consulting ServicesMyEyeDr. – Phil StephensFunxion ITLeus TowelsPura Vida BraceletsNSB Spine and Injury CenterBeachside Tavern, Solento Organic Tequila, and Surfrider Foundation Flagler/Volusia.

Media Partnerships include:  SurflineStabThe Surfer’s JournalSurf Splendor Podcast NetworkBeach GritThe SurfNetworkThe Inertiaand 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: Natural High with Jack Coleman

In the 9 years we’ve been at this festival, Jack Coleman’s work has appeared on our big screen 5 times, and now, with the east coast premiere of Natural High, we’ll be welcoming him to New Smyrna Beach for his 3rd appearance.  He represents the core ethos of our festival.  Fun fact about Jack, he loves to golf…  We are humbled to have recorded this conversation.

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NEW PODCAST: In the Malibu Parking Lot with Jamie Brisick


Jamie Brisick grabs the mic for an hour chat with us, down on the beach in Malibu, CA.  What a location to record, against the wall where Jack, Leroy, and Matt presided… We met at 7AM, Jamie’s time of day, and fully caffeinated, we address some great topics and stocked up a few more quality stories on record.  He’s a natural storyteller.  Enjoy.

NEW PODCAST: Mother Lisa with Lisa Andersen

 

From Chas Smith’s bio doc, Trouble, The Lisa Andersen Story, to the fabulous Girls Can’t Surf documentary, we’ve been so fortunate to have Lisa’s support for our events and mission.  Luckily, she moved back to Florida, and she sat down with us, and let us ask some questions.  It was a true honor to spend some time with the 4X world champ.  Enjoy.

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Programming Announced for August 26 and 27th

The third quarter screening event of the 2022 Florida Surf Film Festival is quickly approaching, and we’ve got a couple of special nights of movies lined up.

Friday, August 26th, will kick off with Florida’s own Luke Kothera and his latest work, Sultan Rhythm, featuring some of the smoothest sliders from central and north Florida to ever grace a proper single fin log.  Luke will be in attendance with a St. Augustine crew in tow which perfectly precedes the highly anticipated, The Yin and Yang of Gerry Lopez by Stacy Peralta.   The father of Pipeline shares his story from his youthful transition from surfing to yoga and more. It’s visually stunning and carries the exuberance of Stacy Peralta’s practiced story-telling with interviews of Gerry’s contemporaries and the man himself.  We are in discussion with Stacy to get him here to the film for a Q & A.

Saturday, August 27th, will feature short films RAW and Drew Miller’s, Surf Movie, a nuanced story touching on inspiration and the journey.  Ben Weiland’s newest feature Island X will close out the first time slot of the night following the tragedy of cinematographer, Mark McInnis, who after losing his life’s work in a house fire, rediscovers the magic of film and photography alongside an all-star cast of surfers on the mysterious Island X. Ben will be in attendance for a Q & A after his film screens.

Saturday night will close out in glorious fashion with Floridian Lauren Hill’s latest short, The Physics of Nose Riding, and Lauren, along with her partner, Dave Rastovich, and baby, Minnow, will be attending to present the film and answer questions.  We will wrap the weekend with FSFF veteran and award-winning filmmaker, Ben Gulliver, and his biographical documentary about New York hell-man, Balaram Stack, titled Hail Mary.  Ben and Balaram are planning to attend what is sure to be an epic weekend of films and community connection.

Here’s the anticipated schedule for both nights:

August 26, 2022:

5:00PM – Doors open

6:30PM

  • Commencement with John Brooks, Festival Director
  • Sultan Rhythm by Luke Kothera – 35 min.
  • Q & A with Luke Kothera – 10 min.
  • Raffle – Roark, Globe, and Creatures

8:30PM

August 27, 2022

5:00PM – Doors

6:00PM

  • Raw by Aljaz Babnik – 7 min.
  • Surf Film by Drew Miller – 12 min.
  • Island X by Ben Weiland – 50 min.
  • Q and A with Director, Ben Weiland – 20 min.
  • Raffle – Creatures, Roark, Globe

8:30PM

  • The Physics of Nose Riding by Lauren Hill – 12 min.
  • Hail Mary by Ben Gulliver – 44 min.
  • Raffle – Cronin Surfboard and more

NEW PODCAST: Reunion Island Could Be the Best Surf Trip of Your Life with Dan Duane

As surf stories go, few document them better than Daniel Duane, author, journalist, and now podcaster.  He shares some great stories from his early surfing days.  And most importantly, he has crafted a podcast that cannot be ignored by us surfers.  A series of shark attacks off Reunion Island left the government, surfers, and local community in shambles.  Let’s get the real story from Dan by listening to his new podcast, Reunion: Shark Attacks in Paradise, now available on The Binge podcast channel.