8th Annual Kona Surf Film Festival

Get ready for Hawaii’s premiere international surf film showcase, the Kona Surf Film Festival from December 2 & 3, 2011. The eighth installment of this epic weekend of film, music, art, ono grindz and drinks is set to be the biggest festival yet with special guest Rob Machado, undeniably one of the world’s greatest surfers, on board to share in the stoke.

The Kona Surf Film Festival showcases independent short and feature films from established and emerging surf filmmakers from around the globe. The event is a benefit for the Seathos Foundation, which promotes education and awareness of the human impact on the world’s oceans.

This year festival organizers received a record number of film submissions and have attracted a line-up of big-name sponsors including Nike, Alaska Airlines, Hurley, the Kona Brewing Company, Endurance Conspiracy and more. The line-up of films is set to be announced next week but organizers have hinted to expect a mix of American, Australian, European and locally produced works.

Festival founder and program director, Chad Campbell, said that the “Kona Surf Film Festival is a chance for filmmakers to expose their work to a more mainstream audience that is psyched to share in the thrill of surfing outside of the water. These films are packed with beauty, creativity and awesome soundtracks.” Campbell continued, “This year we are excited to introduce the inaugural Kona Surf Film Festival Awards presented by Alaska Airlines, which will recognize standout films.

The 2011 Festival will also for the first time present “Sustainable Sunshine”, an art and eco cultural event hosted by sustainable design company, FIRN LIFE. Sustainable Sunshine will showcase planet-friendly local art, design, fashion, jewelry and surf equipment and accessories. Art installations, an alternative surf movie screen and DJ sets will also feature as part of the line-up.

Stay tuned for the complete list of films, bands, art and famous faces at:


WHAT: 2011 Kona Surf Film Festival, benefiting the Seathos Foundation

WHEN: Friday, December 2, 2011 from 4 pm – 10 pm & Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 12 pm – 10pm

WHERE: The Pavilion at The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Kohala Coast, Hawaii.

COST: Adults $15, Groms (Kids!) $10

BYO: Beach chair and blankets for films shown under the stars. Bring a sweater as it may get a little chilly!

FOOD: BBQ and beer available for purchase. No coolers please.

ART & DESIGN: Available for purchase.

INFO: www.konasurffilmfestival.org

WHERE TO STAY: Take advantage of Mauna Lani Bay’s exclusive Kona Surf Film Festival room rates starting from $199 per night. Contact (800) 367-2323 or visit www.maunalani.com