Second Annual San Diego Surf Film Festival Celebrates Swell of International Films | May 8-12, 2013

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March 31, 2013

The San Diego Surf Film Festival has announced its much-anticipated list of films for 2013. The films, chosen by a six-member screening panel, represent a wide variety of cultures and surf destinations on nearly every continent.  Due to the overwhelming amount of film submissions, SDSFF organizers have expanded the amount of films to be shown from 35 to 42. Fourteen features and 28 short films will be shown during the festival set to take place May 8-12, 2013, which will be held once again at Bird’s Surf Shed in San Diego, a world famous restored quonset hut filled with an impressive collection of historically significant surfboards and artifacts.

“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.”

SDSFF creator Pierce Kavanagh
Photo by Gage Hingeley
In its second year, the SDSFF has already become one of the largest and most celebrated festivals of its kind around the globe. Living up to its instant success and international reputation, the SDSFF promises to give 2013 attendees access to stellar international surf cinema and full immersion into the iconic surf culture. Besides killer waves and breathtaking scenery, some of the films also incorporate a social responsibility theme. Other films blend the beauty and excitement of surfing with an inside, personal look at the people behind the wave or on the board.

“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.”

Below is the list of films for SDSFF 2013:

Photo by Gage Hingeley
*Alaska Sessions (Frederick Dickerson and Matthew McNeill)
*Bending Colours (Kai Neville)
*Bonzer Mothership (Campbell Brothers)
*Bootleg  (Joel Tudor & George Trimm)
*Intentio  (Loic Wirth)
*Isolated  (Justin LePera)
*Lakey Peterson – ZERO to 100  (Aaron Lieber)
*Sine Qua Non: The Psychology of Big Wave Surfing with Greg Long – Richard Yelland
*Sons of Beaches 72 (Glenn Blight)
*Storm Surfers: Overcoming the Cow Bombie – Series Prod (Christopher Nelius, Justin McMillan)
*Surfing & Sharks  (Julian Watson)
*The Endless Winter – A Very British Surf Movie  (Matt Crocker & James Dean)
*The Heart & The Sea  (Nathan Oldfield)
*The Waverider  (Karl Lear)

Photo by Gage Hingeley
*1964  (Mike Bromley)
*Ale Ponzanelli & Matt Calvani (Luca Merli)
*Away  (Elisa Bates)
*Beyond the Scars (Chris McClean)
*Boys to Men: 100 Wave Challenge  (Tim Ryan)
*Built to Ride (Andy Miller & Robin Moore)
*Danielle Burt: Chapter Two (Chris Grant)
*Experimenting with Design  (Joseph Ryan)
*Leah Dawson  (Jordan Miller)
*Much Better Now  (Simon Griesser)
*New England Blood  (Dylan Ladds & Ryan Scura)
*North (Mikey DeTemple)
*Of Souls + Water: The Warrior (Skip Armstrong)
*Partymix (Hayley Gordon)
*Procrastination (David Archer)
*Ricky Whitlock: L-1, T-12 (Timothy Ryan)
*River Run (Dirk Brandts)
*Setting Sunsets  (Gene Sung)
*SHVDE (Derek Dunfee)
*Step N’ Soul (Toma Jablon)
*Stokefest (Andrew Quinn)
*Strength & Grace (Heather Hudson)
*The Beginning of Something Big (Doug Walker)
*The Diamond Light Was In My Eyes (Phillip Mansfield)
*The Fruits of Dystopia (Cyrus Sutton)
*The Present Moment (Will Suto)
*The Shaper  (Jeremy Joyce, Rich Pearn & Rob Lockyear)
*The Swell (Rocky Romano)

2012 Best Feature winner - Lost and Found
SDSFF 2013 filmmaker awards will include Best Feature, Best Cinematography, Spirit of the SDSFF, Best Short and Emerging Filmmaker. All-access Nautilus Passes for SDSFF 2013 are now on sale at The VIP pass, which costs $100, gives access to all five days of the festival, including all films, shaping demos, art lounge, filmmaker panel discussion, surfing expression session, food by Daphne’s and a private VIP party.

General admission tickets will go on sale April 8, 2013. The 2013 SDSFF schedule will also be available on April 8th.  Limited tickets are available for each screening. The SDSFF, which sold out all three days and attracted 2,500 people in 2012, is expected to sell out once again this year.

Besides incredible films, SDSFF 2013 attendees will be able to enjoy and participate in live art demos, kids art sessions with Matt Beard, after parties, a beach clean-up and surf expression sessions. SDSFF 2013 will also have a greater focus on the San Diego surfboard shapers who have had significant impact on the global surfing timeline. These legendary shapers will offer personal shaping demonstrations during the entire weekend. Their boards will be on display and up for auction with proceeds being donated to Share the Stoke Foundation (

 “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.

SDSFF 2013 will kick off with an exclusive VIP party at Surfindian art gallery and surf shop in Pacific Beach. The VIP party, which will only be open to Nautilus Pass holders, artists, filmmakers, and press, will include food by Daphne’s California Greek, refreshments, live music, and a live art demonstration by Matt Beard, Skye Walker and Joe Hodnicki.  Surfindian will display their art in addition to photography by Gage Hingeley throughout the month of June.

SDSFF is pleased to announce the return of Daphne’s California Greek, which promises to feed each and every festival goer (food is included with each ticket).  Other SDSFF sponsors include SolSpot,  GoodOnYa Bar, VerbTV, A/V Concepts and GoPro.

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