Sorry, your version of Internet Explorer is too old to view properly.

Why not try Chrome instead.



Aotearoa Surf Film Fest returns to New Zealand



Film Updates

O'Neill continues festival and puts out call for films

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 November, 2014 - As a small pacific nation with our roots deeply connected to the native forefathers of surfing and an infinite coastline, New Zealand is a country of surf enthusiasts and ocean lovers. In order to keep the surf masses happy across our small coastal communities, we are pleased to announce the launch of the third annual O’Neill Aotearoa Surf Film Festival for 2015 with an open call for film submissions to national and international surf filmmakers. O’Neill continues its long-term naming rights and festival partnership with ASFF to help bring surf cinema to New Zealanders.

“We are very excited to have O’Neill’s continued support as the festival moves into its third year.” Says festival director Nick Stevenson. “The team at O’Neill NZ saw the potential and vision that we had to bring the best international surf films to kiwi surfers and support local surf filmmakers.

"We are grateful to them for being able to make the festival happen and really illustrates their commitment to surfing here in New Zealand. When we setup the festival we never expected it to grow this much and this year we are making sure that there are some great benefits for filmmakers to be involved. We have established a new prize purse that is up for grabs as well as a new section for the best New Zealand made film.”

“O’Neill NZ are very excited to work alongside with ASFF for the 3rd consecutive year.” Said Jason Falconridge, General Manager for O’Neill New Zealand. “We are pleased to continue to provide this unique experience co jointly for the public to view in remote and key locations nationally. To showcase Surf Film Art Culture through outdoor and indoor screenings portrays a uniqueness for what surfing is all about. Most importantly portrays the addictive nature that our sport relates to direct.

"With O’Neill’s commitment to innovation and pushing the boundaries we see this as a perfect partnership as this will be portrayed on the big screen in so many ways. ASFF aligns directly to synergies for what our brand stands for. We have led surf culture since the beginning and continue to do so. Since inception this festival has grown and has given a better insight to not only core surf but surfing in general. We wish all film submissions the best of luck that enter both nationally and global. We look forward to many more festivals ahead and please enjoy.”

The third annual ASFF event will commence in March 2015 and will run in true kiwi style, taking a curated selection of international surf feature films, documentaries and short films on a summer roadtrip to coastal towns celebrating the best of surf culture, surf cinema and our connection with the environment.

We have officially opened up the call for submissions to the festival and we encourage surf filmmakers from around the world to enter the festival competition. Submissions are now open through till Monday, December 20th, 2014. So get your film in today. Please visit for all entry details.

For 2015 ASFF has a $5,000 prize pool for filmmakers. A new category has also been established to assist local filmmakers with the best New Zealand made film taking away $1,000 cash and prize pack. Submitted films will be judging by the festival screening panel consisting of Craig Levers, Gavin Bisman, Andrew McAlpine and Danny Clayton.

Nick Stevenson

Latest photos


Follow us and sign up to our daily newsletter