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. November 13-14, 2020, festival is canceled.
2. February 2021 event is canceled, and we’re planning to go live June of 2021 on Father’s Day Weekend.
3. 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.
In lieu of on-ground content, we have added the Surf Stories Podcast, which includes the FSFF Book Line-Up. Chas Smith’s new work Reports From Hell is now available for purchase and can be found on Amazon. We will be meeting Thursday, September 3, 2020, at 9PM EDT for cocktails and book talk. Here’s the link to join us for the chat via Zoom. Do yourself a favor and download the app on your device before joining… The link won’t be active until 8:55PM on Thursday. We will record this book line-up and release it as a podcast the following day.
Stay safe. This virus is no joke, and it will be much more enjoyable to commune without the heightened risk of potentially impacting loved ones and the community at-large. In the meantime, we’ll be talking with your favorite filmmakers and more from surfing’s past, present, and future.
Subscribe NOW (Sometime, it takes a couple hours for the latest episode to populate. Check your device’s “recent” updates for the latest episode.): Apple – Spotify – Libsyn
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 from artist far and wide while also producing a story-driven podcast, literary group discussions, and artistic workshops.