After a two-year hiatus, this weekend will see the running of the 11th Annual Bells Beach Surf Film Festival from Saturday 16 to Sunday 17 April.
Starting in 2010 the Bells Beach Surf Film Festival has grown to become the longest-running surf film festival in Australia, bringing the world’s best surf films to Torquay every summer.
Making its highly-anticipated return, this year the festival will present seven local and international surf films over two nights at the Australian National Surfing Museum in Torquay.
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Highlights at this year’s festival include a special screening of Lost Track New Zealand story on the Opening night (Saturday 16th April). The film takes us on a journey of a lifetime through the remote wilderness of New Zealand as surfer Torren Martyn and filmmaker Ishka Folkwell embark on a three-month motorcycle adventure into the depths of the long white cloud. In this film produced by needessentials, filmmaker Ishka captures Torren’s timeless surfing against the backdrop of one of the most beautiful landscapes on earth.
Festival Director, John Foss is delighted with the films this year.
“After two years we are stoked to bring the best surf films in the world in Torquay. Lost Track New Zealand is a beautiful exploration of New Zealand while needessentials have also provided us with a selection of exciting short films to screen on the night.
“Sunday night and we have the big wave surf film Over The Edge by Andrew Kaineder which takes us on an around the world journey to find crazy big waves. Finally, we have some great shorts and a special screening of Tom Curren’s Mexican surf film Free Scrubber which has incredible surfing from one of the world’s all-time greats.”
Other films to screen include Shaper by Apollo Bay filmmaker Jackson Hayat and Maybe One Day (Denmark) by Angelina Owina. Doors open 7.30pm each night with beers and beats.