Canadian Surf Film Festival: movies for all tastes

More than 20 surf movies will be showcased in the 2nd annual Canadian Surf Film Festival (CSFF), from September 29th to October 1st, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

There will be regular length features and shorts about surf culture as it relates to communities and traditions all over the world, from as near as Halifax to as far off as rural Indonesia.

"We’re really excited about this year’s line-up. In our second year, we’re bringing eight Canadian premieres," says Development Director, Keith Maddison. "And we’ve got filmmakers and surfers from across North America joining us to present many of these films. We can’t wait to bring this program to our community, not just the surf community. The line-up touches everything from environmental conservation to mental health issues, and from anthropology to indie art filmmaking."

"Splinters", "Sight | Sound", "The Still Point", "Manufacturing Stoke", "Just Add Water", "Titan Kids", "Come Hell or High Water", "Minds in the Water", "Somewhere Near Tapachula", "Who is J.O.B." and "The Hot Generation" are only a few of the surf movies to be screened in Halifax.

The Short Film Challenge is a Canada-wide short film competition that encourages both experienced and inexperienced filmmakers to create and produce short films (10 minutes or less). All submissions are considered for the Grand Prize and a World Premiere for a shortlist screens during the CSFF on Friday, September 30, 2011.

The winning short also screens at the London Surf Film Festival. Local pro surfer Nico Manos won last year’s Short Film Challenge with his short "Nico in Indo".

The Canadian Surf Film Festival began with a handful of local surfers who dreamed of watching surf films, old and new, on the silver screen with their friends. All screenings are at Empire Theatres, Park Lane Mall.

The most complete list of surf movies is available here.