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Are you a surfer, a filmmaker, a storyteller, an ocean-lover? We'd love to hear from you.

Santa Cruz, CA
United States



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october 11 + 12, 2019

At the historic Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz

Our submission period is now closed. Thank you to all who submitted. We’ll be in touch with all filmmakers by August 18th to let them know of this year’s selections.

We award prizes to films chosen by our jury panel for Best Feature, Best Short, and Best Cinematography, and also films chosen by our audience members for Best Feature and Best Short.


Thank you to this year’s sponsors:


Exclusive hotel sponsor of the festival:


To learn about opportunities to take part in the Festival as a sponsor,

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The Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival is a tribute to the arts of waveriding and  filmmaking. We strive to spread the stoke that we get from surfing, bringing together surfers, filmmakers and ocean enthusiasts to share stories, ideas and history in one of the most beautiful surf towns in the world.