July 15 Deadline for Submissions
SANTA CRUZ, CA, May 15, 2014 – The Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival proudly invites independent filmmakers from all over the world to submit their work to the inaugural annual event. This year’s festival will be the first-ever multi-day celebration of independent surf filmmaking in Santa Cruz, the birthplace of surfing in the continental U.S. and a World Surfing Reserve.

Taking place September 24th to the 26th, 2014, the Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival aims to increase independent surf filmmakers’ exposure to one of the world’s largest audiences of surfers and industry professionals, as well as foster the exchange of stories, ideas and perspectives among the surf community.
This year’s jury panel will include 3-time Mavericks competition winner Darryl “Flea” Virostko;  professional big wave surfer Tyler Fox; skateboarding legend and action sports industry veteran Judi Oyama; surfboard shaper Michel Junod; and surfer/shaper/musician Ashley Lloyd Thompson. Titles of Best Feature, Best Short, Best Cinematography, and Best Soundtrack will be awarded by the jury panel. There will also be a Viewers’ Choice title awarded.
The Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival will screen both feature-length and short films that spotlight surfing and surf culture. Films with a narrative focus – either examining a specific element of the culture or telling a story – are preferred, but consideration will be given to all surf-related films. To be considered for the Festival, films must have been completed after January 1, 2010. Preference will be given to films that have never had a commercial screening in Santa Cruz County, and are not available online for free. Submissions rules and guidelines can be found on our website.
Films 30 minutes and over are eligible for the Feature category. Any film under 30 minutes in length should be submitted to the Short category.
Entries can be submitted online at Deadline for submission is 11:59:59 pm PST on Tuesday, July 15th.
For media inquiries, contact:
Delphine Foo-Matkin

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