FinnSurf: cold water patriots

"FinnSurf", a surf movie by director Aleksi Raij, has conquered the "Best Feature film" award at the 2012 Yallingup Surfilm Festival, in Australia.

"FinnSurf" is the world’s first Finnish surf film and tells the story of five Finnish surfers. More than a surfing documentary, it’s a story of true love and that intense, overwhelming passion we all feel for what lights our fire in the coldest of places.

"The Surfer", a surf movie by Dominic Coleman, won the "Best Short Film" award, while the "Best Cinematography" award was presented to two winners - "El Mar, Mi Alma" and "Come Hell or High Water", who happen to have the same cinematographer, Dave Homcy.

The "People's Choice Award" went to "The Still Point" by director Taki Bibelas, as voted by more than 2500 people who attended the three-day festival, which included day and night film screenings, discussion forums, art exhibitions, live local music and even a fancy dress surf competition for charity.

"The festival again brought together some of the world's most passionate and talented surf film makers, environmental activists, surfers, and artists to mix and mingle with the public and have the opportunity to celebrate the culture of surfing", says Jesca Maas, the Festival Director.

"This year's films had a focus on environmental awareness and preservation, travel, adventure, escapism and the spirit shared by surfers and ocean-lovers from around the globe".

Other highlights of the Festival weekend included a Tarp Surfing Demonstration and the appearance of local surf hero Taj Burrow at Saturday's Surf Culture Forum.

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