Online voting for the Byron Bay Surf Festival shorts competition will end soon, because the festival is only five weeks away. In preparation, the folks down under have completed their second promo video, “Citizens of the Sea,” which checks in with master shaper Bob McTavish and what he’s looking forward to this year.
Now that you’re stoked, here are the final new entries to the online competition. Only 10 days left to enter! (Entries are closed Sept. 30 and online voting ends Oct. 10)
The documentary “Locals from Noronha” is about the local surfers from an island known as the “Brazilian Hawaii”. Fernando de Noronha is Brazil’s most beautiful destination, and it features waves up to 18 feet, big and tubular. The archipelago is also protected by UNESCO, as a World Heritage. Moreover, the local surfers are big riders and have a deep respect and special connection with the ocean, because they also are fishermen, divers, tourist guides and environmentalists – from the youngest generation to the pioneers.
Film Maker Bio:
My name is Lorena Montenegro and I am a journalist and a surfer from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I work with surfing and television since 2006. I created Moana Films almost two years ago to work with projects connected with the ocean and somehow help to protect this environment. “Locals from Noronha” was our first documentary for television, we sold it to the biggest sports channel in Brazil and this short version recently won as the Best Short Film at the Berlin Surf Film Fest 2014. As the CEO of Moana Filmes, i work as filmmaker, editor and director. This first movie at the island of Fernando de Noronha opened doors to work in an advertising campaign for a big brazilian bank and a TV show about sports at this same island. I am working now at new projects and one of them is a documentary about surf art for television.
21 -158 are the approximate coordinates of a group of islands in the North Pacific. Whilst many pass through hoping to catch the best waves of their lives, for some people it’s just the way it is.
Film Maker Bio:
London born filmmaker studying film at Falmouth University in the UK. My films range from surf documentaries to serial dramas. My surf films have taken me around the world, from Madeira – Costa Rica – Brazil – Hawaii where I was fortunate enough to capture John John Florence perform a rodeo at Pipe, North Shore, Oahu.
“A Rising Tide” is a short documentary surf film, created by Indian surfer/filmmaker trio Tushar Pathiyan, Ishita Malaviya and Krish Makhija.
In a country with a population of 1.2 billion and just over a hundred surfers, the film sets out to explore the journey of some of India’s pioneer surfers, their humble surf beginnings and their deep connection with the ocean.
Through interviews with local watermen we celebrate the joy of riding waves and the aloha spirit of the Indian surf tribe. As the numbers of surfers in the country keep growing each day, we hope that these stories may never be lost and shall help create a deeper sense of surf community in India.
Film Maker Bio:
The surfer/filmmaker trio Tushar Pathiyan, Ishita Malaviya, Krish Makhija worked on this project for the first time and hope to work on many more similar projects to showcase the growing Indian surf community. They hope to get as many people from their country stoked on surfing as possible!!