Save The Waves is excited to announce that the world premiere of the 2016 Save The Waves Film Festival will take place on August 4th, in the World Surfing Reserve of Ericeira, Portugal, during the Portuguese Surf Film Festival.
Now in it’s eighth year, the Save The Waves Film Festival remains the only environmental surf film festival in the world. Since it’s inception in 2008, the STWFF has been curating visually remarkable and emotionally inspiring documentary films about ocean conservation and surfing. Past festivals have included world premier screenings from filmmakers such as Taylor Steele, Chris Malloy, Nate Myers, Cyrus Sutton, Dave Rastavich, and more.
This year promises to build on this rich tradition of gathering the tribe of ocean lovers to celebrate its beauty and our camaraderie in protecting this vital natural resource.
In 2011 Ericeira became the second World Surfing Reserve to be dedicated by Save The Waves, and is now one of eight WSR’s across the globe. Ericeira is a world-class surf zone dominated by dramatic rocky cliffs that are punctuated by beaches and small bays that offer a variety of waves, ranging from beach breaks to powerful reef ledges. Ericeira is also home to Portugal’s only world tour professional surfer, Tiago Pires, who has recently retired to focus on fatherhood and remains the World Surfing Reserve Ambassador of Ericeira.
Save The Waves Film Festival director Trey Highton will be travelling to Ericeira to co-host the world premier of the 2016 Save The Waves Film Festival program with Portuguese Surf Film Festival director Susana Andrade and her team on Thursday, 8/4/16.
“Partnering with the Portuguese Surf Film Festival is a natural progression for Save The Waves as we continue to grow our own film festival internationally,” says Trey Highton. “We have strong allies in the Ericeira and broader Portuguese surf community, as Save The Waves was originally founded in 2001 in an effort to save the waves off the island of Madeira from a poorly planned harbor project. It is fitting that our first European screening of the Save The Waves Film Festival should be in Portugal. Yes it is a sign that we are growing, but bringing the festival to Portugal is in many ways coming back to our roots. We’re coming full circle, and we couldn’t be more excited about this partnership.”