New York Surf Film Festival joins association of global surf film festivals in streamlined digital film submission process for filmmakers
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April 2, 2012 – New York, NY – The New York Surf Film Festival (NYSFF) presented by Barbados is pleased to join surf film festivals around the world in the collaborative launch of the Global Surf Film Festival Collective (GSFFC) at gsffc.org, a streamlined one stop submission process to worldwide surf film festivals. The New York Surf Film Festival along with San Diego Surf Film Festival, Portuguese Surf Film Festival, Wavescape Surf Film Festival, SAL – Surf At Lisbon Film Festival, British Surf Film Festival, Yallingup Surfilm Festival, Ombak Bali International Surf Film Festival, X-Life Film Festival, Fesitvalma, Bondi Beach Surf Film Festival, Sao Paolo Surf Film Festival, Berlin Surf Film Festival & Puerto Rico Surf Film Festival have formed this association of film festivals to share films and ideas in an effort to unify the global surf film festival community for both filmmakers and fans.
“Filmmakers spend too much time, funds, and resources shipping off DVD’s around the world to each individual festival – we wanted to help ease this financial and logistical burden,” said Morgan Rae Berk, Founder of NYSFF. “Surf film festivals around the world have been sharing information and resources behind the scenes for a while now and this is a natural evolution in the digital age to ensure films are considered for as many festival screenings as possible around the world.”
Filmmakers can head to gsffc.org, fill out a simple electronic submission form, and securely upload films and other supporting documents to GSFFC’s private viewing site accessible to the associated festival curators. Each festival maintains its’ own unique program and independently chooses their film lineup. Acceptance to one festival does not necessarily imply acceptance to all. Individual festivals will reach out to filmmakers direct to secure films for their lineup. Festival’s submission close dates are year round. Kindly check individual festival websites for important dates, deadlines, rules, guidelines and general information for each festival. The GSFFC is proud to include the following international surf film festivals:
NYSFF | NEW YORK SURF FILM FESTIVAL
Festival Dates: September 2012
Submission Close Date: June 30
SDSFF | SAN DIEGO SURF FILM FESTIVAL
Festival Dates: May 11 – 13
Submission Close Date: March 31
PSFF | PORTUGUESE SURF FILM FESTIVAL
Festival Dates: July 6 – 7
Submission Close Date: May 31
WAVESCAPES SURF FILM FESTIVAL
Festival Dates: DURBAN July 24 – 30, CAPE TOWN Dec 5 – 18
Submission Close Date: DURBAN April 15, CAPE TOWN July 1
SAL | SURF AT LISBON FILM FEST
Festival Dates: June 14 – 16
Submission Close Date: May 15
BSFF | BRITISH SURF FILM FESTIVAL
Festival Dates: TBD 2012
Submission Close Date: TBD 2012
YSF | YALLINGUP SURFILM FESTIVAL
Festival Dates: January 2013
Submission Close Date: TBD
OBISFF | OMBAK BALI INTERNATIONAL SURF FILM FESTIVAL
Festival Dates: July 26 – 28, 2012
Submission Close Date: May 31
VBLFF | Virginia Beach Life Film Festival
Festival Dates: August 23 – 26, 2012
Submission Close Date: July 1
Festival Dates: July 4 – 8, 2012
Submission Close Date: March 1
BBSFF | BONDI BEACH SURF FILM FESTIVAL
Website: coming soon
Festival Dates: February 2013
Submission Close Date: December 2012
SPSFF | SAO PAULO SURF FILM FESTIVAL
Festival Dates: April 2013
Submission Close Date: January 2013
BSFF | BERLIN SURF FILM FESTIVAL
Website: coming soon
Festival Dates: 2013
Submission Close Date: 2013
PRSFFF | PUERTO RICO SURF FILM FEST
Website: coming soon
Festival Dates: coming soon
Submission Close Date: coming soon
The New York Surf Film Festival is excited to celebrate our 5th anniversary in September 2012. Further information about the New York Surf Film Festival is available at www.NYSurfFilm.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by regular mail to New York Surf Film Festival LLC 242 President St #3R Brooklyn, NY 11231.
New York Surf Film Festival 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 filmmakers who are exploring the diversity of surfing an opportunity to present their work to a larger audience. As surf culture becomes more popular, the notion of what it means to be a surfer expands. The New York Surf Film Festival’s aim is to build upon and shape the idea of what a surf movie is, while fostering the growth of this global community in NYC.
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, 2007. 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. Submissions are open thru June 1, 2012.
The NYSFF is proud to welcome back Barbados Tourism Authority as our 2012 Presenting Sponsor – The island of Barbados offers the most authentic Caribbean experience with its exceptionally rich culture and history rooted in remarkable landscapes. Rated as one of the world’s sexiest beaches in 2008 by Concierge.com; Barbados’ Crane Beach in St. Philip stands as a premier destination for travelers. Barbados is also the first Zagat-rated Caribbean island with numerous internationally renowned chefs who masterfully put signature spins on local delicacies and traditions. Barbados is an ideal stage for world-class events and in collaboration with American Express Publishing Corporation, Barbados has hosted its first annual Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival in November 2010. The country has also hosted numerous athletic championships, including the 2006 PGA World Golf Championships-Barbados World Cup, the ICC Cricket World Cup Finals in 2007, the Sentebale Charity Polo match with Prince Harry of Wales in 2010, and the ICC Twenty20 Cricket Finals for 2010.
Accommodations range from picturesque plantation houses and villas, to quaint bed and breakfasts and award-winning, five-star resorts. Grantley Adams International Airport offers even more non-stop and direct service from a growing number of U.S. cities via Jet Blue and American Airlines, making Barbados the true gateway to the Eastern Caribbean. Barbados was voted eighth in the World by Trip Advisor’s ‘2008 Travelers Choice Destination Awards’ in its Top 100 Destinations category. For more information on travel to Barbados, visit www.visitbarbados.org, follow on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/VisitBarbados, via Twitter @Barbados or contact the Barbados Tourism Authority at 1.800.221.9831.
Surfing Magazine is the Official Media Partner of the 2012 NYSFF.
For New York Surf Film Festival Inquiries:
Morgan Rae Berk
For Global Surf Film Festival Inquiries