Programming Announced for Father’s Day Weekend – June 16th and 17th

As we move through the tenth year of the Florida Surf Film Festival, we are proud to announce the second quarter programming coming up June 16th and 17th (Father’s Day Weekend) at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Passes are now available and don’t forget to check out our annual Green Room Membership, which is the only way to roll if you want VIP treatment with reserved seats, meals and drinks included.

Kicking off Friday night, we are stoked to announce “An Evening with Taylor Steele” following the week-long filmmaking residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. We will be showcasing some of Taylor’s work (announcement to come shortly) along with Q & A with Taylor and special guests. Enjoy an extended Q and A session with Taylor as well and come prepared with some deep dive topics. 

Saturday night, June 17th, will start with Turbulences, a new short film from festival veteran Morgan Maassen, Let me Live, Keith Malloy’s in depth look into the life of British charger Tom Lowe, and Yama, a short film by Maddie Meddings following Australian Lucy Small as she travels to Ghana to link up with a pioneering group of female surfers and skaters. Stoker Machine, a short film by Darieus Legg will round out the first set with Darieus in attendance for a Q & A afterwards.

The night will close out with the second set beginning with Malia, a short bio piece on Hawaiian Malia Manuel by Morgan Maassen. Our feature documentary of the night will be Are You Serious by David Malcolm featuring Florida’s own Sterling Spencer. The film takes us alongside Sterling’s recovery journey as he navigates life and surfing with a traumatic brain injury. 

Here’s the anticipated schedule for the night:

June 16th, 2023:

5:00 PM – Doors Open

6:30 PM –

  • 10TH YEAR COMMENCEMENT with John Brooks, Festival Director
  • An Evening with Taylor Steele – Films To Be Announced
  • Q & A with Taylor Steele and special guests
  • Raffle – Roark, Globe, Creatures of Leisure

June 17th, 2023:

5:00 PM – Doors Open

6:30 PM –

  • Opening announcements with John Brooks, Festival Director
  • Turbulences – Morgan Maassen, 4 mins.
  • Let Me Live – Keith Malloy, 18 mins.
  • Yama – Maddie Meddings and Lucy Small, 25 mins.
  • Stoker Machine – Darius Legg with Q&A following, 12 mins.

8:30 PM –

  • Garden Variety – Harrison Roach, 9 mins.
  • Malia – Morgan Maassen, 16 mins.
  • Are You Serious? – David Malcolm, 45 mins.

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 CountyRoarkYETISun BumWagner Vasileros – aka The Lawyer DudeCap’n Lu’s – A Health Food Store for Pets,  Anson StonerGlobe Brand Footwear, and Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Major Sponsors:  Persimmon HollowCronin SurfboardsFlorida Virtual SchoolBrian Layman Wealth ManagementRed Dog Surf ShopKembali Board ShackCafé Verde, and Clancy’s Cantina

NSB Sponsors:  Flaunt Electric BicyclesScott Yurchison Real EstateDaytona Climbing CompanyDragon AllianceLunDev HomesNixonMangrove Bay DesignBiological Consulting ServicesDr. Phil Stephens at MyEyeDrFunxion ITPura Vida Bracelets, Beachside TavernSolento Organic Tequila, and Surfrider Foundation Flagler/Volusia.

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

Encyclopedia of Surfing provides our historical and archival needs.

Photos are up from February 4th!  Click HERE!


Entry fee is $5.00.

Submissions for the 2023 festival are open via our website here.

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.