The much anticipated second annual San Diego Surf Film Festival brings five days of the best international surf films to Bird’s Surf Shed. This year’s event will have 14 features and 29 shorts that represent a wide variety of cultures and surf destinations from nearly every continent. With so many spectacular submissions, it made it difficult for directors to choose the final lineup of featured surf films.
“This year we received over 75 submissions from around the globe, which raised the bar quite high for filmmakers,” said Pierce Kavanagh, who, along with his wife, Petra, created the San Diego Surf Film Festival. “Pure and simple, a lot of really good films did not make it in the festival, and I applaud all the filmmakers’ efforts.”
In its second year, the San Diego Surf Film Festival has become one of the largest and most celebrated festivals of its kind. Not only will the films incorporate killer waves and breathtaking scenery, but also a social responsibility message is also included in some of the films, with others featuring a personal look at the people behind the waves.
“We are stoked and proud of the films that we selected,” said Kavanagh, also an independent filmmaker who runs San Diego-based misfit pictures. “We will bring people into different surf cultures from around the world, and not only entertain them, but also give them an education and insight on how other people live. For example, some of the films highlight the importance of being socially responsible, such as sustainability and giving back to the communities where they surf. There is a shift happening in the surf film world and I think the industry should follow that.”
Saturday will be dedicated to big wave surfing films, such as Richard Yelland’s Sine Qua Non: The Psychology of Big Wave Surfing with Greg Long. Check out a behind-the-scenes interview with the producer, Zach Weisberg, Founder of The Inertia:
Sine Qua Non provides an intimate portrait of the mentality, risks, and lifestyle associated with pursuing monstrous waves around the planet through the eyes of the world’s most decorated big wave surfer, Greg Long.
“With its incredible first-year success, the SDSFF immediately established itself as a unique and resourceful organization engaged in establishing significant events. We are stoked about bringing another successful and meaningful festival to the community at large,” Kavanagh said.
Short films will also be featured at Bird’s Surf Shed. “Adventure Time,” by local filmmaker Jack Chellemi is just one of the creative short films selected to show at the San Diego Surf Film Festival:
Shot on location in Southern Baja California, “Adventure Time” raises the concept of what it takes to find good waves on a surf trip. Sometimes you gotta kick in the four-wheel drive and take an adventure to explore different locations that are closer than you actually think. Surfing talent, 18-year-old Lucas Dirkse, is a local from Windansea, La Jolla, also a citizen of México born in La Paz, BCS. The filmmaker, Jack Chellemi, resides in Carlsbad and began making short films at the age of 13. He has been making short films ever since for academics and Korduroy.tv, and was featured in the inaugural SDSFF with a short film featuring progressive surfing at Pipeline.
This year’s event will be held at Bird’s Surf Shed and is expected to sell out. In addition to the films there will also be shaping demos, art, live music and expert panels of surf legends and filmmakers.
Celebrate the art of surf cinema in beautiful San Diego this weekend!