Submit your film for consideration in the 2017 Film Festival program.
Submissions due by June 1st, 2017.
Save The Waves Film Festival is an international film tour and fundraiser for Save The Waves’ environmental programs and campaigns. Movies alone can’t change the world – but the people who watch them can. Save The Waves documentary films and the Film Festival educate and inspire audiences to protect the coastline. Our interest is not to make films promoting nor glorifying activism, but rather film as activism.
STWFF 2016 was screened on four continents, including screenings in Portugal, the U.S. East and West Coasts, Hawaii, Australia, Mexico, and Chile.
STWFF 2017 SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Since its inception in 2008, the STWFF has been curating visually remarkable and emotionally inspiring documentary films about ocean conservation and surfing. Now in it’s ninth year, the world’s only international environmental surf film festival has evolved to become an anticipated tradition for surfers and eco-conscious ocean-lovers.
As our core mission is oceanic environmental conservation and advocacy, we favor films that are able to engage our audiences and help them connect to pressing environmental issues, while engendering a sense of awe and appreciation for the natural environment throughout the viewing experience. All submitted films are judged by a panel of professional filmmakers, photographers, surfers, academics, and ocean advocates – our collective goal is to create a program that will both entertain and inspire our audiences to live more passionately and with greater environmental awareness.
We highly encourage first-time filmmakers and the submission of unreleased work. Last year the STWFF tour spanned four continents, and we’re continuing to grow… let your work support STW’s environmental mission and let us bring your artistic vision to the world.
Successful submissions will do the following:
**We consider less than 15 min a short film, and more than 15 min a feature film. We accept films of all lengths, although feature films under an hour usually work best in our program format.**
Santa Cruz photographer and surfer Nikki Brooks loves to document surfers on journeys near and far in search of waves less ridden.
Chris Burkard is an accomplished explorer, photographer, creative director, speaker, and author, often traveling throughout the year to pursue the farthest expanses of Earth.
British native and former professional ocean yacht racer, has an extensive creative career as a writer, art director, creative director and director. He is the President and Co-founder of mouseROAR.
Sachi Cunningham is a documentary filmmaker and Professor of Multimedia Journalism at San Francisco State University. Her award winning stories have screened at festivals worldwide, and on outlets including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, PBS FRONTLINE, FRONTLINE/World and the Discovery Channel.
John Daniels is a true outdoors man! John has traveled and competed in several surf competitions over the past 12 years. He has a large role in his surfing community and has ran a surf camp every summer for the past 15 years.
Professional surfer Leah Dawson has created her surf career as an influential voice in raising awareness of the women’s surf culture, identity, and community. With a desire to live an eco-friendly life, and be in service to others, she’s a unique storytelling voice for the Changing Tides Foundation.
Todd Hanson is a media producer and ocean lover who lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Todd has worked as Board Sports Producer at GoPro for the last 5 years, managing, editing, and producing hundreds of media assets.
What do you get when a friendly Texas linebacker falls in love with surfing, moves to the continental edge of Southern California, co-founds Woodshed Films with his friends, and produces pioneering surf and adventure films like 180° South and A Brokedown Melody? This guy.
Jack “Jake” McCoy Jr. is the internationally recognized surfing photographer, writer, director, producer, and cinematographer, creating 25 highly successful films on surfing in a life’s work of award winning movies.
Each recognized filmmaker was awarded a curated collection of photography gear from our friends at Peak Design to help them continue to produce inspiring images and protect their equipment while traveling and working in the harshest of environmental conditions.
Best Short Film:
“The Urchin Hunter”
directed by Morgan Maassen
Best Feature Film:
“The More Things Change”
directed by Nate Myers
Environmental Impact Award:
directed by Sarah Teale & Lisa F. Jackson
Judges’ Choice Award:
“The Sun Also Rises”
directed by Chris McClean