The Florida Surf Film Festival took place at the Atlantic Center for the Arts last weekend, in sunny New Smyrna, Fla., just after Hurricane Nicole almost leveled the East Coast small-wave mecca.
“One of the greatest rewards for hosting the festival is our ability to host filmmakers and surfers from all over the world and this year has not disappointed,” says FSFF’s John Brooks. “We started the year with the world premiere of Ben Gravy’s, For the dream, a great night with a crowded house. Ben’s inspirational story comes highly recommended.
“We also welcomed Peter Hamblin and the El Salvador crew at their premiere sweet adventure and took home the coveted Viewer’s Choice Feature Award. One of our favorite singer/songwriters, Matt Costa, delved into the world of filmmaking and came to the festival to present his short film. Donde Los Terremotos, Best Soundtrack – Short and spoil our fans with a private concert after the premiere. The two Bens – Weiland and Gulliver – stopped by in August and took home some hardware for their endeavor, with Weiland’s island X for Best Surf Film – Feature Film and Gulliver for Best Soundtrack – Feature Film for his documentary Ave Maria, featuring the life of the fearless East Coasters Balaram Stack. Florida filmmakers Lauren Hill, Drew Miller and Luke Khotera each presented their work and attended the August event.
“November ended the year with a truly incredible weekend as Hurricane Nicole made landfall the day before the event. The pride of Western Australia, Kerby and Cortney Brown hid out in New Smyrna Beach with Kevin and John and weathered the storm. We also welcomed Argentinian filmmaker/adventurer Jaoquin Azulay and presented his latest work, African Territory (Part One).
“against monstersdirected by Bentley Dean, took home Best Documentary – Feature Film and Best Cinematography – Feature Film, directed by Rick Rifici, and if we had given an award for the most vocal response to a film, I’m sure he would have too accepted with audible gasps galore as Kerby charges epoch-defining heavy water plates.”
Here are all the winners of the festival year 2022:
Best Documentary – Short: Beyond the sunset by Keith Malloy
Best Surf Film – Short: DNS by Jacob Vanderwork/Kyle Buthman/Staff
Best Camera – Short: water III by Morgan Maassen
Best Soundtrack – Short: Donde Los Terremotos by Matt Costa
Viewer Choice – In short: The color of winter by PatStacy
Best Documentary Feature: against monsters by Bentley Dean/Rick Rifici
Best Surf Movie Feature: island X by Ben Weiland
Best Camera Feature: against monsters by Bentley Dean/Rick Rifici
Best Soundtrack Feature: Ave Maria by Ben Gulliver
Viewer’s Choice Feature: sweet adventure by Peter Hamblin
As if it weren’t obvious – from the dozens of live events, premieres and watch parties we host or attend throughout the year – Stab loves projects that bring people together, especially in some of our favorite surfing scenes around around the world USA, Oz and around the world. (And our readers, admittedly, love a party gallery.)
Last weekend was the fourth and final event of the year for the Florida Surf Film Festival presented by Monster Energy and included screenings by Mason Ho and Joe Alani Through the dog doorvia Sheldon Paishon, against monsters by director Bentley Dean starring Kerby Brown – who was present with brother Cortney as was Jack Coleman showing his new and excellent Of course highas well as the gauchos Del Mar, Joaquin and Julian Azulay, who showed their documentary from Spain to South Africa, African territory.
The November event includes the Annual Awards Ceremonies, featuring all the films that have screened or premiered during the year and our very own ‘DNS” took home Best Surfing Video, an award well deserved by filmmakers Jacob Vanderwork and Kyle Buthman.