Byron Bay Surf Fest announces surf filmmaking comp


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Mentored by a Master: Byron Bay Surf Festival offers opportunity for filmmakers

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 August, 2012 : - - It is a daunting challenge for any budding filmmaker to leap the abyss between shooting home movies and creating professional surf films. The organizers of Byron Bay Surf Festival – Surf Culture Now (BBSF) are embracing the creative spirit intrinsic to the surfing community, including music, art and now, filmmaking.

In this, the second year of the resoundingly successful Byron Bay Surf Festival, BBSF have created Surf Shorts, a surf filmmaking competition designed specifically to encourage, showcase and support budding cinematographers, the rewards for whose labour are astounding.

Byron Bay is lucky enough to play residence to a wealth of talent, both in surfing and in the movie making industry. Johnny Abegg (On Credit, Two Weeks) and Mick Waters (Believe, Little Black Wheels) are just two of the renowned names of the region lending their expertise to the judging panel for Surf Shorts.

Surf Shorts has been honoured by the participation of another Byron resident surf filmmaker and U.S. expatriate, Taylor Steele. Steele is possibly the most prolific, renowned and talented artist of the genre and is offering the lucky winner of the BBSF Surf Shorts Competition his expert mentorship. An unrivalled experience for anyone, Steele’s expert tutelage has seen the independent success of several individuals, including Kai Neville (Modern Collective, Lost Atlas), now poised to release his latest in a swathe of renowned films.

Kai reveals, "It was incredible to work under the guidance of Taylor, he opened so many doors and not only helped me with the creative side of films but showed me the ropes on making a successful career."

Filmmakers of all ages and abilities are invited to enter a project for Surf Shorts, themed to the tagline: “Surf Culture Now – Experimental Surf Designs”. Imagination and innovation will be awarded, the theme open to individual interpretation, the more creative the better.

BBSF organizer, Vanessa Thompson encourages anyone at all to take up the challenge and a camera and start shooting: “For just ten bucks, you can enter the contest and be in line for film mentorship, a McTavish surfboard, a Go Pro HD2 surf camera and a screening at the BBFF 2013 – it’s a no-brainer!”

The work of the five contest finalists will be screened to the public at the Byron Bay Community Centre on Saturday, 27 October before the Australian film premier of Taylor Steele’s new movie, ‘This Time Tomorrow’.

Source: BBSF

Author: Tommy Leitch

Tags: Byron Bay Surf Festival, Film, Surf Culture, Longboard, Byron Bay

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