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The San Diego Surf Film Festival Comes to La Jolla on May 20-23

News | 6th May 2015

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The San Diego Surf Film Festival, to be held in La Jolla on May 20-23, invites everybody to come celebrate the passion that they all share for simply being in and around the ocean.

Since the festival’s inception, the organizers 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. They champion the independent filmmaker and their quest to capture and convey the very special feeling of being a surfer. And with this in mind, the festival continues 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. The festival welcomes surf enthusiasts and filmmakers from around the world to come celebrate the art of surf cinema in our beautiful hometown.

Each year SDSFF chooses a featured artist to create the poster art for the festival, and each year organizers are continually blown away by what each artist comes up with. This year they are pleased to announce Andy Davis as the festival’s featured artist.


All films, May 21-23, will be screened at the Sherwood Auditorium in the Museum of Contemporary Art San Dieog, La Jolla, at 700 Prospect Street in La Jolla. 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.

The VIP Nautilus Lounge will be across the street from the auditorium at the La Jolla Rec Center, at 615 Prospect Street in La Jolla. 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.  The Lounge will be open from 3-9pm both Friday and Saturday (May 22nd and 23rd) of the festival for Nautilus pass holders to relax, grab a bite to eat and peruse wonderful surf art. Ample street parking can be found on both Prospect and Draper Streets.

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