The SAN DIEGO SURF FILM FESTIVAL invites everybody to come celebrate the passion that we all share for simply being in and around the ocean.
Since the festival’s inception, we have been anchored towards celebrating those who draw a different line in life. Much like the colorful characters of surfing’s past, the future of surf cinema will also be found in the underground. We champion the independent filmmaker and their quest to capture and convey the very special feeling of being a surfer. And with this in mind, we continue to present the finest independent surf films from around the globe.
San Diego may not be the birthplace of surfing but there is no denying the contributions and innovations that this beautiful city and our ocean-loving community have shared with the surfing world. Early in the 20th century, visiting Hawaiians George Freeth and Duke Kahanamoku sewed seeds into fertile soil that still flourish to this very day. Since our first waves were ridden, our surfing timeline consists of revered names as Simmons, Ekstrom, Gordon, Van Artsdalen, Frye, Diffenderfer, Hansen, Curren, Caster, Hynson, Dobson, Oakey, Benson, Lis, O’Rourke, Divine, Preisendorfer, Mirandon, Pendarvis, Roper, Thrailkill, Warner, Beal, Kenvin, Steele, Hall, Burch, Feighan, Littlemore and Baker… and this merely scratches the surface. Intertwine this amazing history with 75 miles of diverse coastline, a new crop of creative board designers and an incredibly deep talent pool, you quickly come to understand San Diego simply lives and breathes everything that is wave riding.
The 2015 SDSFF will highlight over 20 international films, include dozens of filmmakers and producers in attendance, Q&As, filmmaker panel and workshops, an amazing surf art gallery, surf legends and shaping demos, beach clean-ups and expression sessions, incredible live music, serendipitous live art, rad people and raging after-parties. We welcome surf enthusiasts and filmmakers from around the world to come celebrate the art of surf cinema in our beautiful hometown.
Here's a list of events:
GREEN FLASH BREWING COMPANY TASTING ROOM in Mira Mesa
6550 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego CA 92121
A 4,000 sq.ft. tasting room and beer garden awaits you. Enjoy up to 30 beers on our state of the art taps featuring Green Flash favorite front line beers as well as seasonal, rare and special releases! Browse their gift shop, snag some beer to go, get a growler fill, take a tour, or just hang out and enjoy!
SHERWOOD AUDITORIUM at the MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO in La Jolla
700 Prospect Street, La Jolla CA 92037
At MCASD in La Jolla, take in the fabulous ocean view from the Edwards Garden Gallery, or lunch on the patio at the Museum Cafe. The La Jolla location also houses theMuseum’s X Store, filled with a selection of contemporary art books, apparel, and innovative design objects.
Sherwood Auditorium, the Museum’s intimate 492-seat theatre, has renowned acoustics and uninterrupted sight lines, making it a perfect venue for solo and orchestral performances, lectures, film screenings, and performing arts.
May 22nd & 23rd:
LA JOLLA REC CENTER (Nautilus Lounge)
615 Prospect Street, La Jolla CA 92037
Built in 1915 by Ellen Browning-Scripps whose residence was next door. It was dedicated that same year to the City of San Diego for the children of La Jolla. Today the Center is considered a historical site in San Diego.
Located across the street from MCASD, the Rec Center will be open from 3-9pm the Friday and Saturday of the festival for ticket holders to relax, grab a bite to eat and peruse wonderful surf art.
AMPLE STREET PARKING LOCATED ON PROSPECT AND DRAPER STREETS.
HOOTS AND SHAKAS Pierce Michael Kavanagh – Festival Director Petra Kavanagh – Festival Director Skye Walker – Art Director Andrea Siedsma – Publicist Andy Davis – Featured Artist Val Reynolds – Audio/Visual Illustrious Screening Panel Interns and Volunteers