Interview with Filmmaker Claudia Lederer | Cold Lines

Interview with Filmmaker Claudia Lederer | Cold Lines

Cold Lines was selected for the 5th Annual NY Women's Surf Film Festival 2017, directed and filmed by Claudia Lederer. November 2016. Far away from the crowds and far away from temperate climate, Claudia followed Lee-Ann in her search of some waves to surf. Traveling light, she tried her best, with limited means and gear, to relay the particular atmosphere and unique sensations felt in this fascinating island.

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Interview with Filmmaker Luca Merli | SEA LONE

Interview with Filmmaker Luca Merli | SEA LONE

SEA LONE was selected for the 5th Annual NY Women's Surf Film Festival 2017, directed by Luca Merli. A story of a dream mixed with reality. They went wandering in Sri Lanka with Seeababes Lola Mignot, Karina Rozunko, Sierra Lerback and photographer Luki O'Keefe, amazing creatures from the sea. Living boundless and free, open-hearted and open-minded to the new world. Warm water of the Indian Ocean has been our primordial element, healing all wounds and creating magical and beneficial effects.

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Interview with Filmmaker Georgia Matts | Smile & Wave

Interview with Filmmaker Georgia Matts | Smile & Wave

SMILE AND WAVE was selected for the 5th Annual NY Women's Surf Film Festival 2017, directed by Georgia Matts.  “Smile and Wave” tells the story of two best friends who travel up and down the coast of New South Wales surfing and filming their adventures. The debut feature by first time filmmaker and friend, 23-year-old Georgia Matts was shot over a two and a half year period and captures the hardships faced by Australian Skye Burgess and her partner South African Sarah Baum, two extremely passionate and talented female athletes. In a time when female surf movies are far and few between and tend to feature bikinis and lifestyle over skill and style in the surf, “Smile and Wave” aims to bring the focus back to highlighting the tremendous surfing abilities of female surfers.

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The NY Women's Surf Film Festival will be partnering with the Rell Sunn Benefit Contest

The NY Women's Surf Film Festival will be partnering with the Rell Sunn Benefit Contest

The NY Women's Surf Film Festival will be partnering with the Rell Sunn Benefit Surf Contest held in Montauk on the same day (August 12th, 2017).  The surf competition will be held at Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY. Their benefit raises funds for The East End Foundation, a local 501-K, that serves local families who are challenged financially due to debilitating illness. The Montauk community comes together to lift them up though our support and resources in hopes of making their journey a softer one. The NY Women's Surf Film Festival is excited to join the cause, and will donate all proceedings of our raffle to The East End Foundation. 

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Interview with Filmmaker Dayla Soul | It Ain't Pretty

Interview with Filmmaker Dayla Soul | It Ain't Pretty

IT AIN'T PRETTY was selected for the 4th Annual NYC Women's Surf FIlm Festival 2016, directed by Dayla Soul.  The documentary is about the Challenges and triumphs of Female big wave surfers fighting sexism in the Water, in competition, in the media and in the surf industry with the support of a closely-knit community of like-minded women. featuring ocean beach surfer bianca Valenti’s journey from childhood phenom to world-class big wave charger, This probing, incendiary and thought-provoking film takes you Inside a growing movement of women that are shattering the shallow and sexualized images of female surfers in the media.

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Interview with Filmmaker Beth O'Rourke | Worm Dreams Big

Interview with Filmmaker Beth O'Rourke | Worm Dreams Big

WORM DREAMS BIG: A TRIBUTE TO THE BENEVOLENT BAD-ASSES OF THE WOMEN'S LONGBOARDING COMMUNITY was selected for the 4th Annual NYC Women's Surf Film Festival 2016, featuring surfers Erin Ashley, Jen Smith, Julie Cox, Shaney Jo Darden and directed by Beth O'Rourke and and Jeff Den Broeder.

Erin “Worm” Ashley’s has a big dream: raise awareness about the importance of early breast cancer detection by partnering with The Keep A Breast Foundation and throwing a good, old fashioned style surf contest with the best women longboarders in the world at First Point, Malibu, California.

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Interview with Filmmaker Heather Hudson | Women and the Waves 2

Interview with Filmmaker Heather Hudson | Women and the Waves 2

Women and the Waves 2 was selected for the 4th Annual NYC Women's Surf Film Festival 2016, by Heather Hudson.   “The Women and the Waves 2” is a documentary surf film that celebrates women and their unique approach to surfing and life.  The film looks at the state of surfing today from a feminine perspective and features positive role models that give back to people and the planet.

Following in the footsteps of the groundbreaking 2009 film, THE WOMEN AND THE WAVES; THE WOMEN AND THE WAVES 2 continues to explore the culture of surfing in relation to six surfers and their lives both in and out of the water. 

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Interview with Filmmaker Michael Veltman | Oasis

Interview with Filmmaker Michael Veltman | Oasis

OASIS was selected for the 4th Annual NYC Women's Surf Film Festival 2016, featuring surfer Bianca Buitendag, filmed and edited by Michael Veltman, drone footage by Chris Rogers.  Bianca Buitendag made a last minute decision to venture just beyond the borders of her home country, discovering an oasis of wonder not many people have had the privilege of uncovering before. Could she be the first girl to ever surf Skeleton Bay?

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Interview with athletes Aline Bock & Lena Stoffel | WAY NORTH

Interview with athletes Aline Bock & Lena Stoffel | WAY NORTH

WAY NORTH was selected for the 4th Annual NYC Women's Surf Film Festival 2016, featuring surfer Aline Bock and Lena Stoffel, edited by Mathias Kögel and filmed by Matt McHattie and Sebastian Schramm.  Two "Soulsurfers“, the mountains and the ocean. Blue skies or pouring rain, on the mountain or in the water, Aline Bock and Lena Stoffel had unforgettable moments on their "Way North“. A Journey in an RV full of surfboards, skis, snowboards, splitboards and SUP (stand up paddle boards) boards.

We are fortunate to have Aline Bock join us for the 4th Annual NYC Women's Surf Film Festival held in Rockaway Beach. 

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Interview with Filmmaker Theresa Strac | GIRL GO BIG!

Interview with Filmmaker Theresa Strac | GIRL GO BIG!

Girl Go Big! was selected for the 4th Annual NYC Women's Surf Film Festival 2016, featuring surfer Alena Ehrenbold and directed by Theresa Strac.  The short film features a swiss surfer who lives far from the ocean wants to challenge herself with riding a big wave.  Basque Big Wave Legend IBON AMATRIAIN becomes her trainer in Summer 2014.

A few months later the swell pumps in at Roca Puta and the two finally get into the waves on a beautiful big wave day. Ibon brings her in the wave with the jetski and Alena rides her first big (epic) wave (the first swiss girl who ever did tow in surfing) at Roca Puta (Basque Country near Zarautz).

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Interview with Filmmakers Donggi Kim and Seongeun Kim | BADA

Interview with Filmmakers Donggi Kim and Seongeun Kim | BADA

BADA WAS SELECTED FOR THE 4TH ANNUAL NYC WOMEN'S SURF FILM FESTIVAL 2016, FEATURING SURFERS EUNKYUNG JEON, SUNSHINE SHIN, HYOJIN KIM, BORABORA HWANG AND ZITA HWANG. DIRECTED BY DONGGI KIM AND SEONGEUN KIM.  BADA (THE KOREAN WORD FOR OCEAN) IS A SHORT, FILMED IN BALI IN THE SUMMER OF 2016. IT SHOWS 5 SURFER GIRLS' JOURNEYING TOGETHER TO ENJOY THE SURF AND OVERALL BEAUTY OF BALI.

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Interview with Surf Filmmaker Steven Briand | Director of Aloha Nalu

Interview with Surf Filmmaker Steven Briand | Director of Aloha Nalu

Aloha Nalu was selected For the 4th Annual NYC Women's Surf Film Festival 2016, featuring Malia Manuel, and directed by Steven Briand. In this film, Steven worked with Team O’Neill surfer and professional athlete Malia Manuel to capture a unique perspective on a single day’s surf session in Western Australia. Utilizing drones for the majority of the videography, Steven plays with perspective, taking the viewer into, above, and beyond the waves.

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Interview with Surf Filmmaker Stefan Jose | Director of Mctavish - Dedicated to the Craft Series’ Episode six: Roisin Carolan

Interview with Surf Filmmaker Stefan Jose | Director of Mctavish - Dedicated to the Craft Series’ Episode six: Roisin Carolan

Mctavish - Dedicated to the craft series: Episode Six: Roisin Carolan was slected for screening at the 4th Annual NYC Women's Surf Film Festival 2016, directed by Stefan Jose. 

Roisin is a team rider for Mctavish Surfboards, and has been surfing since she was a little girl in Byron Bay. The short film takes a glimpse into her Byron Hinterland Life. Read our interview with filmmaker Stefan Jose. 

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PRIMA DONNA | Photo Exhibition by Fran Miller | OPENING RECEPTION FRIDAY AUGUST 12TH

PRIMA DONNA | Photo Exhibition  by Fran Miller |  OPENING RECEPTION FRIDAY AUGUST 12TH

This year’s festival poster uses an image by Australian surf photographer Frances Miller, who’s work will be on display from August 11th-17th at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club. Frances 'Fran' Miller is a Sydney born photographer now living on the Gold Coast of Australia. Fran will be flying out to New York for the NYC Women's Surf Film Festival. 

We are thrilled to have Fran exhibit her work as part of the 4th Annual NYC Women's Surf Film Festival. Her work is captivating and you won't want to miss out on this exhibition. 

Her opening reception will be Friday, August 12th 7-9pm. We will be screening a number of shorts at 9pm.  For more information on Fran Miller go to: franmiller.com.au/

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NYC Women's Surf Film Festival 2016 [Official Trailer]

NYC Women's Surf Film Festival 2016 [Official Trailer]

The New York City Women's Surf Film festival, a project of Lava Girl Surf, celebrates the filmmakers and female wave riders who live to surf, highlighting their sense of adventure, connection to the ocean and love for their own communities and those they discover.

If this trailer doesn't make you want to ride a wave or come to the Film Festival then it might be time to take a trip to clear your head!! 

Edited by Ruth Maria Mamaril
Original Music by Nuutti Kataja "IFeel Pretty" from West Side Story. 

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