Scores of the finest international surf films vie for top honors this Thursday, May 9th through Saturday, May 11th at the much anticipated San Diego Surf Film Festival.
What started as a grassroots campaign to celebrate surf filmmaking and local surf heroes has elevated to one of the most prestigious surf film festivals in the world. With surfing royalty showing up every year, to date the renowned festival has seen attracted Tom Curren, Taylor Steele, Paige Alms, Skip Frye, Jen Smith, Shaun Tomson, and Tiare Thompson.
This year we pull out all the stops to give attendees a complete surf culture experience
“Now in our eighth year, the amazing films and the riveting Q&As with the directors and stars will always be the backbone of the festival as they provide insightful access into surf cultures not necessarily our own,” states SDSFF founder and director Pierce Michael Kavanagh. “This year we pull out all the stops to give attendees a complete surf culture experience surrounding these great films. We interweave film, art, interviews, music, surfing, cuisine and community in the most thoughtful ways.”
Highlights of the San Diego Surf Film Festival 2019 include an opening night bash at the Belly Up Tavern this Thursday with surf films, silent auction and live music from YEW’s Chris Coté, The Montalban Quintet, and The Voices.
Additionally, SDSFF will host a Farm to Table seven-course, organic dinner at Cyclops Farms in Oceanside with a Special Slideshow Presentation from world-renown surf photographer Grant Ellis. There will also be a photo exhibit with Oriana Poindexter featuring Treasures from the Scripps Collection. Important to note, featured artist Fay Wyles assembled a team to create live art at all SDSFF events this year.
San Diego Surf Film Festival 2019 Official Selections:
AUSTIN HIGGINS: UPLIFT – Marcus Macfarlane
BODYSURFIN’ THE MOVIE II – Dan Bennington
BONZER(S) – João Sousa
DOLPHIN BOARD OF AWESOME – SeaLevel TV
THE EXPLORATION: AN ODE TO SURFING AND VAN LIFE – Christoph Zingelmann
INSTANT SURF – Adam Bell
LAS SHAPERS – Camila Saldarriaga
PADDLING FOR HAPPINESS – Michael Durban
PAIGE – Bjarne Salen
PRIMARY DISTRACTION – Swanson Studio
SHE IS THE OCEAN – Inna Blokhina
TIMELESS AREAS – SeaLevel TV
VOYAGER – Victor Rodrigues
WHERE THE DESERT MEETS THE OCEAN – Véna Píša
WHITE RHINO – Brent Storm
For more information, VIP Passes and SDSFF 2019 Tickets visit http://www.sdsurffilmfestival.com