For our aspiring and budding filmmakers out there, The 4th Annual New York Surf Film Festival is scheduled for this coming September. However, the deadline is fast approaching: submissions are open until May 15th, 2011.
The New York Surf Film Festival is an annual event in New York City consisting of three days of screenings of independent short and feature films, cult classics, and world premieres from established surf filmmakers. In between screenings, other planned events include a surf history lecture series, Q&A Sessions with filmmakers and notable surfers, Panel Discussions, and Meet & Greets. They will also be curating a Surf Art Gallery to be open to the public for the duration of the weekend.
To add credibility and expertise to this festival, The New York Surf Film Festival has just announced several additions to its Screening Panel in 2011. The Screening Panel is made up of both international and local surfers with a wide range of credentials ranging from magazine editors to filmmakers, journalists and photojournalists, pro athletes, agents, distributors, as well as local surf shop owners.
The panel will judge the NYSFF 2011 Official Selections across a growing list of categories this year, including: Best Feature, Best Short, Best Cinematography, Best Musical Score, and Best Animation. Attendees will continue to vote for Viewer’s Choice Awards in both the Feature and Short Film categories.
The New York Surf Film Festival is the premier showcase for international independent surf film. The mission of the New York Surf Film Festival is to provide surf filmmakers an opportunity to present their work to a larger audience. As surf culture becomes more popular, The New York Surf Film Festival’s aim is to build upon and shape the idea of what a surf movie is, while building the growth of this global community in New York City.
The New York Surf Film Competition is open to independently produced feature-length and short films in the surf genre. In order to be considered for the Festival’s Film Competition for U.S and International films, submitted films must have been completed after January 1, 2006. The running time for features must be greater than 30 minutes. Films under 30 minutes in length are eligible for participation in the Short Film Program.