12th annual Surfalorus Film Festival seeks original new surfing films for upcoming festival

12th annual Surfalorus Film Festival seeks original new surfing films for upcoming festival

Cucalorus and NC Aquariums are pleased to present the 12th annual Surfalorus Film Festival, a three-day event taking place this September 18-20, 2023 at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, NC.

Surfalorus takes place in conjunction with the Eastern Surf Championships and features the best surf movies of the year, some laid-back parties, and the best waves of the season. The festival has a history of bringing the work of surfing legends and noteworthy filmmakers to audiences in North Carolina.

The 12th annual Surfalorus Film Festival seeks new surf films celebrating the sport as well as our oceans and the bold, creative filmmakers who can bring these stories to life. The regular deadline to submit a film is April 28, 2023.  The final submission deadline is May 26, 2023.

Surfalorus Festival Director Zach Hanner said, “Surfalorus has evolved into a three day celebration of wave riding and surf culture and highlights the joy and elation we feel from watching someone score a massive barrel or from the mana (Hawaiian for “spiritual magic”) we take in through enjoying a special story from surfing’s history. Now that the festival runs concurrently with the ESA contest, the vibe at each screening is one of pure stoke. While our preferred environment is the water, gathering together in a dark room to watch surf movies creates a true feeling of community and the energy is palpable!”

One goal of the festival is to showcase the most talented surf filmmakers of our time. Alumni include: Isaac Halasima, Cyrus Sutton, Richaard Yelland, Nathan Oldfield, and a new wave of female surf filmmakers like Crystal Thornburg-Homcy, Devyn Bisson, Lauren Hill, Jess Lowcher, Leah Dawson and Jordyn Romero.

Surf film enthusiasts should start planning their vacation for this fall. For travel info, visit  http://www.surfalorus.com/travel/ or https://www.outerbanks.org/places-to-stay/.

Surfalorus accepts shorts, features, documentaries and any other surf inspired films by filmmakers of all backgrounds from around the globe. Submit films online at FilmFreeway.com/surfalorus. Final submission deadline is May 26, 2023. For additional questions, contact dan@cucalorus.org.

Surfalorus is presented by NC Aquariums and is organized through a premier collaboration between Dare County Arts Council and Wilmington, NC-based Cucalorus Film Festival, which will celebrate its 29th anniversary in November. Surfalorus is sponsored in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.