Festival Awards Program

Films entered in the festival are eligible for one of four prestigious awards as voted by the Festival Jury: BEST FILM, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, BEST SHORT FILM and the PETER TROY 'SPIRIT OF SURFING ADVENTURE' AWARD. Peter Troy was a Torquay surfer who in 1963, embarked on a three year surfing journey around the world. It was one of the greatest surf journeys in the history of modern surfing and an inspiration for this award which recognises films that display the same spirit of surfing adventure. Peter was also founder of the first Bells Beach Surf Contest with Vic Tantau in 1962 and co-founder of the Australian National Surf Museum In Torquay.

2019 Festival Award Winners
BEST FILM - PROBIO (Russia) Dir: Konstantin Kokorev

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - BEYOND THE NOISE (Aust) Dir: Andrew Kaineder
BEST SHORT FILM - TAN (France) Dir: Alena Ehrengold
PETER TROY 'SPIRIT OF SURFING' AWARD - PROBOI (Russia) Dir: Konstantin Korkorev

2018 Festival Award Winners
BEST FILM - BIARRITZ SURF GANG (France) Dir's: Nathan Curren / Pierre Denoyel

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - FISH PEOPLE (USA) Dir: Keith Molloy
BEST SHORT FILM - THE AGAVE GUN (USA) Dir: Ross Haines
PETER TROY ' SPIRIT OF SURFING ADVENTURE' AWARD - SECRETS OF DESERT POINT (USA) Dir: Ira Opper 

2017 Festival Award Winners

BEST FILM - DISTANCE BETWEEN DREAMS (USA) Dir: Rob Bruce

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - LETS BE FRANK (SA) Dir: Peter Hamblin
BEST SHORT FILM - BRUCE GOLD: THE LAST OF THE GREAT SURF HIPPIES (SA) Dir: Anders Melchoir

PETER TROY 'SPIRIT OF SURFING ADVENTURE AWARD - LAS OLAS (Aus) Dir: Joel Sharpe

2016 Festival Award Winners
BEST FILM - FISH (Aus) Dir: Joseph Ryan

PETER TROY 'SPIRIT OF SURFING ADVENTURE' AWARD - MAD DOGS (Brazil) Dir: Roberto Studart.

2015 Festival Award Winners
BEST FILM - STRANGE RUMBLINGS IN SHANGRI-LA (USA) Dir: Joe Guglielmino

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - EXPENCIVE PORNO FILM (USA) Dir: Tin Ojeda

PETER TROY 'SPIRIT OF SURFING ADVENTURE' AWARD - TIERRA DE PATAGONES (Argentina) Dir: Julian and Joaquin Azulay

INAUGURAL FILM MAKERS RECOGNITION AWARD

Jack McCoy

In 2015 the Festival Jury chose to acknowledge a film maker

whose innovative work had inspired generations of surfers

and film makers. We were extremely pleased to announce

that Jack McCoy was the winner of our inaugural

FILM MAKERS RECOGNITION AWARD.

Jack has been a pioneer of surf film making for

over 30 years. His films have featured the 

world's best surfers riding the world's best

waves. Jack's underwater cinematography has

regularly set the benchmark high and produced

incredible images for surfers to enjoy.

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