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Santa Cruz, CA
United States




october 5 + 6, 2018

At the historic Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz


Best Feature AND Best Soundtrack, PLUS Viewers’ Choice Feature Film:

Momentum Generation

Momentum Generation is now streaming on HBOGO and HBONOW. Don’t miss it!

Best Short AND Best Cinematography: TAN

Director Alena Ehrenbold wins a Hopper Flip 18 square cooler, a Pelican Air protective case, and a YETI Rambler 20oz Tumbler.

Viewers’ Choice Short Film: Risky Ripples

Director Andrew Kaineder wins a Pelican Air protective case, YETI Hopper Flip 18 square cooler, and a YETI Rambler 20oz Tumbler.

Spirit of the Festival Award: Time Well Spent

Director James Fazio and Cinematographer Eliot Gray win a YETI Panga Backpack and a Pelican Air protective case.

Time Well Spent is now available to rent or buy on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.

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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.