The Bells Beach Surf Film Festival is the longest running surf film festival in Australia. Since 2010 it has screened the best surf films and documentaries from around the world.
The festival is held in Torquay, the surfing capital of Australia near world famous Bells Beach.
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The Bells Beach Surf Film Festival is held each year to celebrate surf cinema and bring the best surf films in the world to Torquay. Our mission is to support, foster and promote independent surf films with original story ideas, innovative cinematography and music soundtracks that excite, entertain and challenge modern audiences.
We actively promote and support independent surf filmmakers from Australia and around the world whose films engage, inspire and connect surfers.
The Bells Beach Surf Film Festival is the longest running international surf film festival in Australia. Now in its 11th year the festival has screened over 120 surf films and documentaries including 25 Australian premieres. Previous film makers to present at the festival include Simon Lamb (SERENDIPITY), Justin Krumb (MINDS IN THE WATER) and Adam Blaiklock (CAUGHT INSIDE), Nathan Oldfield's CHURCH OF THE OPEN SKY and many more.
In 2015 the festival presented a special retrospective on Jack McCoy over two nights with the master filmmaker himself in attendance screening BLUE HORIZON. In 2019 we were stoked to have Dick Hoole screen his favourite surf films at a special one night retrospective.
Bells Beach Surf Film Society
The festival is run by the Bells Beach Surf Film Society, a dedicated band of Torquay surfers with a love of surf cinema who volunteer their time each summer. Festival Director John Foss and Festival Scout Alan Miles search the globe each winter for the best surf films to bring to Torquay during the Australian summer.
The festival is run as a not-for-profit event with all proceeds going back into the festival, charities and emerging surf filmmakers. In past years the festival has donated over $1,500 to SURF AID and over $3,000 to emerging surf film makers to support their future surf film projects.
You can find out more about the film society and its screenings or join our festival team by calling 0408 386 812 or emailing -