2010 Canadian Surf Film Festival


 

This was the official website for the Canadian Surf Film Festival.
Content is from the site's 2010 (the inaugural of the Canadian Surf Film Festival) -2011 archived pages and other outside resources.

 

My Australian buddies from college couldn't believe that I learned to surf in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They initially scoffed at the idea. But as the capital of Canada’s ocean playground, Halifax has become a popular destination for surfers. It's gained a reputation for having a long coastline with beautiful scenery and few people to share waves with. Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park is where I learned to surf (and whenever I return to Halifax I still surf there). If you’re an experienced surfer, Lawrencetown is still the spot for you. But I'm out on the west coast now working for an e commerce site that sells among other things, a vast range of janitorial supplies. I've turned a lot of folks onto the site: CleanItSupplies.com Like many online sites they offer free shipping on paper towels and the rest of their paper product line. I don't know how many times I have brought paper towels when I meet friends to surf on my days off. Good paper towels hold up well and can be used for napkins, and even toilet paper when in a pinch. Other products from the company I always have in my van are their garbage sized black plastic bags. I'm the guy my friends come to when they need a stack of paper towels or a bag to clean up the beach after a day of surfing and hanging out. But I digress. Back to 2010 and the inaugural of the Canadian Surf Film Festival. Hooha!

CIRCA 2010

1st Annual Canadian Surf Film Festival Challenge

The Canadian Surf Film Festival (CSFF) is hosting the first Canadian surf film challenge. The deadline is September 3rd for submissions.

Join the celebration of surf culture by making your very own short surf film. It can be a documentary, experimental, animation, drama, or whatever you like. Shoot it on any format: from cell phone to IMAX. They will select a full program of the best films submitted for a world premiere and then present one short film per month over the following year on their website. Prizes to the audience favorite and jury favorite. Show your friends and family what your passion is all about!

Deadline: Completed films in by 5 p.m., Sept. 3.
Screening Date: Selected films will premiere Oct. 1.
Location: Park Lane on Spring Garden Road, Halifax

Guidelines and Regulations:

  • a completed and signed application form for each entry – type or print legibly
  • filmmaker must be a Canadian resident or landed immigrant
  • no age limit but if you are under 18 years of age you will need a parent or guardian to also sign the application form and join the indemnification (be legally responsible)
  • films must be 10 minutes or less running time (including all credits)
  • entry fee is $10 per film submitted
  • films must be suitable for screening to a PG audience
  • include the title of the film, a two sentence synopsis, a production still and a two sentence bio of yourself
  • entries must be submitted in a DVD format (Quicktime, mov or playable movie)
  • films must not have been previously released (on Internet, TV, or at festivals)
  • filmmakers agree to indemnify CSFF, its partners, sponsors, and affiliates harmless from and against any liability that may arise from presenting the film
  • filmmakers must have proper releases of persons, places, music and products featured in the film

 

We are proud to announce that the very first Canadian Surf Film Festival will take place from September 30th through October 2nd, 2010 in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia. Over the course of three days the Festival will include both new and classic feature length films as well as short films. In addition, the Festival will host a local short film competition.

Our mission? To bring world class surf films, by invitation only, to a hungry and burgeoning Canadian surf audience. Along with the film screenings we will host receptions, and discussion panels relevant to Canadian surfers, the Canadian surf industry and Canadian surf filmmakers. The Festival will also host an art show in conjunction with a local fine art gallery.

The Canadian Surf Film Festival is committed to providing a unique forum for local, national and international surf films and surf culture.



Nico In Indo - Canadian Surf Film Festival (2010)
The first Canadian Surf Film Festival hosted an abundance of great films local and International. This clip is a submission from Nova Scotia's Nico Manos, one of the leading surfers in Canada and the East Coast's only professional surfer.
The video was shot in Indonesia and edited in Halifax by Nico Manos and Julian Crick of Procreate.

About

The Canadian Surf Film Festival is a dream come true for a small group of lifelong Halifax surfers. Their wish? To watch new and old surf films on the silver screen with their friends. And to be able to celebrate surf culture – one unique to Canadian surfing.

And so the festival was born.

The Canadian Surf Film Festival is committed to providing a unique forum for local, national and international surf films and surf culture.

 

Make a Film

1st Annual Canadian Surf Film Festival Challenge

Join the celebration of surf culture by making your very own short surf film. It can be a documentary, experimental, animation, drama, or whatever you like. Shoot it on any format: from cell phone to IMAX. We will select a full program of the best films submitted for a world premiere and then present one short film per month over the following year on our web site. Prizes to the audience favourite and jury favourite. Show your friends and family what your passion is all about.

Submission Deadline: Films completed and in by 5pm, September 3, 2010

Screening Date: Selected films will premiere on September 30, 2010

Location: Empire Theaters Park Lane, Halifax, Nova Scotia as part of the 1st Annual Canadian Surf Film Festival (CSFF)

Submission details: please make cheques payable to Keith Maddison. You can mail in your submission and payment to:

CSFF
PO Box 2665
Halifax, NS B3J-3P7
 

Guidelines and Regulations:

  • a completed and signed application form for each entry – type or print legibly
  • filmmaker must be a Canadian resident or landed immigrant
  • no age limit but if you are under18 years of age you will need a parent or guardian to also sign the application form and join   the indemnification (be legally responsible)
  • films must be 10 minutes or less running time (including all credits)
  • entry fee is $10 per film submitted
  • films must be suitable for screening to a PG audience
  • include the title of the film, a two sentence synopsis, a production still and a two sentence bio of yourself
  • entries must be submitted in a DVD format (Quicktime, mov or playable movie)
  • films must not have been previously released (on the internet, at festivals or on TV)
  • filmmakers agree to indemnify CSFF, its partners, sponsors, and affiliates harmless from and against any liability that may arise from presenting the film
  • filmmakers must have proper releases of persons, places, music and products featured in the film

 

FAQ

Q: What is the Canadian Surf Film Festival?

A: This is our first year. It will be a three day event celebrating surf culture, surf films and surf friends, Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, 2010 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Q. WHEN and where is CSFF?
A.  Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, 2010.

Empire 8 Park Lane. 5657 Spring Garden Rd Halifax, NS B3J 3R4

Screening times 7pm and 9pm.

Q: Can I submit a film to the festival?

A: This year we are programming six screenings, one of which is an open contest for short films under 10 min. so check out the contest rules if you want to make a film. Drop us a line with suggestions.

Q: How can I volunteer?

A: Volunteers are welcome.  Volunteers are able to participate in all aspects of the film festival in accordance with their volunteer hours.   For more info, contact  volunteer@canadiansurffilmfestival.com

Q: How can I become a sponsor of the festival?

A: A number of generous sponsors make this festival possible.  Visit oursponsor link for sponsor opportunities or email : sponsorship@canadiansurffilmfestival.com

Q: Who should the media contact?

A: For media information, press releases, contact: press@canadiansurffilmfestival.com

Q: How/Where can I buy tickets?

A: You can buy tickets and passes at the box office, local surf shops and online through ticketpro www.ticketpro.ca.

Q: Does CSFF screen animations?

A: Yes.

Q: Does CSFF screen documentaries?

A: Yes.

Q: Who is running the show?

A: A very small group of film and surf enthusiasts. Help us by volunteering. We are curating the screenings and will have an invited jury to award the prizes.

Q: Are there parties planned?

A: Yes, for the general public, there is a special Opening night reception, an art show and a closing party.  There are also filmmaker sponsored receptions held throughout the festival, open to all-access passholders, sponsors and volunteers.

Q: Are awards given during the festival?

A: Three Awards will be given out.

- An Audience Choice Award is selected by attendee balloting for all movies.

- Best competition film, as selected by the jury.

- Volunteer Award: A volunteer in the community award will be given out once a year at CSFF.

Q:  Will there be surf during the festival?

A: It is hurricane season and the warmest water of the year so we hope so but can’t guarantee it.

 

FILM CHALLENGE FAQ’s

Q: So I have to pay $10 for every film I submit?

A: Yes. Send cheque or money order made out to Keith Maddison c/o the Canadian Surf Film festival; PO Box 2665 Halifax, NS, B3J-3P7.

Q: What format do you accept?

A: 35mm, Beta SP, Blue Ray and DVD.

Q. When Does Registration Close?

A.  Registrations for the 2010 competition closes at 5pm September 3, 2010.

Q: DO I need to submit anything else with my film?

A: Fill out the PDF application form and attach the required materials.

Q: I’m a student. I go to school in Nova Scotia. Can I submit?

A: Absolutely.  Any Canadian can submit a film. For the purposes of the festival, we define “residency” as being born in, currently residing in, currently attending school or was attending but will return to school in the following September.

Q: I’m a high school student and I made a film.  Can I submit?

A: Yes, but you need a parent or guardian to sign the form with you if you are under 18.

Q: I made a movie 5 years ago.  Can I submit it?

A: Yes.  The festival has no stipulations on when a film is made. We want  world premieres.

Q: My film has nothing to do with “surfing” or the ocean?  What are the chances of my film getting in?

A: Unlikely.

Q: Are there premiere status requirements?

A: Yes. Keep it off the web until after the festival.

Q. What Is the maximum length for a competition film?

A.10 min. including titles and credits. The festival has limited time slots and in order to accommodate programming and promote fair play, all submissions must adhere to this rule.

Q: I am having trouble getting my film onto DVD for preview.  Can’t I just submit what I have?

A: The formats we request are standard and should be easily obtainable.

Q: Who can attend the screenings?

A: Anyone who has a ticket and as long as there is a seat available.

Q: Does CSFF place restrictions on swearing or sexual/violent content?

A: We will only screen films appropriate for a PG audience.

Q: Do I have to obtain copyright clearance for the music?

A: YES! The filmmaker must own all copyrights for, or have written permission to use, any music, performances or scripts. If you would like further advice on music, performance or script clearances consult us.

Q: Can I use any piece of music as long as I have permission?

A: You can use most pieces of music granted you have received the necessary permissions. Well known/published music can become very expensive to use. You will need to have cleared rights to use the piece of music in “all media” and in “all territories”. CSFF may broadcast entries from the festival on our web site so you need clearance. You must have cleared all music in order to participate in such activities. It is important to note that you are not just asking for a “festival clearance” of the music. Try to use local or original music in your film. It means that local musicians and composers can benefit from it, as well as every one else, and it is usually easier to organize.

Q: What will the production stills be used for?

A: The stills you provide will be used in publicity materials produced by CFSS and in our festival program.

Q: What ratio will my film be screened?

A: CFSS screens all films at 4:3 and 16:9 ratios.

Q: What if my film contains subtitles?

A: This is fine, but make sure it is big enough to read in a big theatre and on the web. White on black is best in terms of visibility.

 

Art, waves, beer & bands highlight Canadian Surf Film Festival

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 October, 2010 : - - The newest addition to Canada's burgeoning surf-culture arsenal came by way of the inaugural Canadian Surf Film Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from September 30 to October 2.

Bookended with art showings, live bands, fun waves, and free beer, the festival was a smashing success, attended by scores of surf enthusiasts from as far away as California. It was the Californians, in fact, who won Best Film--Stoked and Broke, a Cyrus Sutton/Ryan Burch collaboration about San Diego, wowed the crowd and judges alike.

But, naturally, the locals stole the show. Lawrencetown-based pro surfer Nico Manos and filmmaker Julian Crick won Best Canadian Short for Nico in Indo, a five-minute blast of Manos's exploits at Lakey Peak last year. "Julian and I are really stoked because there were some amazing films at the festival," Manos said. "I guess people liked the humor in ours. I can't wait for next year's festival; Julian is already working on one using 100 percent local footage."
"Our first film festival was a hit, for sure," Crick said. "It really got the whole community together." It was akin to the old-school surf movie experience, theater-only showings, with a hooting audience, drunk people, beer cans rolling down the aisles, salt-crusted attendees--there was actually surf all three days and people were surfing until dark, and then coming to the festival.

It was also a history lesson because several of the local films featured Nova Scotian surf pioneers. "All the old guys were there," Manos said. "It was a gathering of the tribe, to use the cliché. You'd see guys you hadn't seen in years, and they were all under the same roof." The Best International Short award went to Ireland's Mickey Smith for his Dark Side of the Lens, and a Special Mention was given to Sean Mullens for Birthright.

The cherry topper was a sold-out show at Halifax's Paragon Theater featuring Cole Harbour rocker Matt Mays, Maddison Avenue, and Andrew Hunter. The Canadian Surf Film Festival was made possible by Empire Theaters, Atlantic Film Festival, The Coast, AFCOOP, Surfing Association of Nova Scotia, Power Post, Quiksilver, If Only Surf Shop, McAuslan Brewery, Ticket Pro, Local Source Catering, Etc. Press, One Life Surf, and Edit Farm.

 

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