Call of the Surf Film Festival

THE ART OF SURFING: Surf film festival directors Dave Horsley and Kate Howat with sand artist John Thiering on Park Beach.
THE ART OF SURFING: Surf film festival directors Dave Horsley and Kate Howat with sand artist John Thiering on Park Beach. LEIGH JENSEN

THE Coffs Coast is riding a wave of success following the first year of the Australian Surf Festival, and is set to add to that momentum will be a new film festival celebrating Aussie surf culture.

The inaugural Call of the Surf Film Festival, to be held at the Jetty Memorial Theatre on Saturday, August 30, was launched this week on Park Beach.

The day-long film fest will showcase some of the best Aussie surf films, including classics, short films, rare documentaries, live musical performances, a live sand-painting exhibition, as well as a free Q&A session with Aussie surfing legends and filmmakers.

In a fitting launch, the organisers Kate Howat and Dave Horsely had local artist John Thiering work with a class of Afghan refugees and local indigenous students sculpting a 50-metre mural on the sand.

"The idea behind the launch is to show that the Call of the Surf Film Festival, as an event, will be a meeting between the passion of surfing and the art of filmmaking," Dave said.

"Our mission is to bring members of the community together, to be entertained by the films that inspire and cultivate connectivity with other people."

The star of the original 1981 Puberty Blues, Nell Schofield, will be a special guest at the festival and there will also be a Coffs Coast premiere of Nathan Oldfield's newest independent surf flick The Heart & The Sea and even one of Bryan Brown's early films Palm Beach.

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