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THE SAN DIEGO SURF FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS TO CELEBRATE AND UNITE SURF COMMUNITIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

April 8, 2019
San Diego, CA
For immediate release-
Over a dozen of the finest international surf films vie for top honors with eager filmmakers and film stars descending upon San Diego Thursday, May 9th to Saturday, May 11th for the much anticipated annual San Diego Surf Film Festival. The festival which was started as a grassroots campaign to celebrate surf filmmaking and our local surf community has elevated itself to one of the most prestigious surf film festivals in the world with surfing royalty showing up every year. You never know who you will be sitting next to you…Tom Curren, Taylor Steele, Paige Alms, Skip Frye, Jen Smith, Shaun Tomson, Tiare Thompson or the next World Champion.

“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, “but 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 at the Belly Up Tavern featuring films, live art, silent auction and live music from Chris Cote, The Montalban Quintet and The Voices. An incredible Farm to Table seven-course, organic dinner at Cyclops Farms in Oceanside with a Special Slideshow Presentation from world-renown surf photographer Grant Ellis prior to a set of films viewed under the stars. A photo exhibit from Oriana Poindexter featuring Treasures from the Scripps Collection. In addition, Featured Artist Fay Wyles assembled a team of incredible artists to create live art at all the major SDSFF events this year in what has become one of the most sought after aspects of the festival.

Congratulations filmmakers, we are honored to announce our San Diego Surf Film Festival 2019 Official Selection:
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 on our schedule, VIP Passes and SDSFF 2019 Tickets visit http://www.sdsurffilmfestival.com


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