Since the festival's inception, we 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.
We champion the independent filmmaker and their quest to capture and convey the very special feeling of being a surfer. And with this in mind, we continue 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 2016 SDSFF will highlight over 35 international films, dozens of filmmakers and producers in attendance, intimate 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, book-signings, rad folks and raging after-parties. We welcome surf enthusiasts and filmmakers from around the world to come celebrate the art of surf cinema in the heart of San Diego.
SDSFF 2016 Venues:
Misfit Pictures HQ will be the hub of the SDSFF.
565 Pearl St #100
La Jolla, CA 92037
Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla - We are proud to announce our return to this iconic 500-seat venue perched above the beautiful Pacific.
700 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037
Thursday, May 19th- Opening Night
Friday, May 27th
Saturday, May 28th- Closing Night
Duck Foot Brewing Company - This year...Duck Foot takes over.
"THE BIG TAKEOVER"
8920 Kenamar Dr #210
San Diego, CA 92121
Friday, May 20th
Saturday, May 21st
Price Center Theater UCSD - We are proud to announce joining up with the local UCSD Surf Team to bring our festival to the pinnacle of academia, UCSD.
9500 Gilman Dr
La Jolla, CA 92093
Wednesday, May 25th
Thursday, May 26th
7/7/16 - 7/12/16
California Restaurant Association San Diego County
9/25/16 - 10/2/16
San Diego Padres
6/28/16 - 6/29/16