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The Films


2023 will see three nights of award winning surf films from Australia and around the world screened at the Australian National Surfing Museum in Torquay.

Thursday 5th January - Opening Night

Our opening night short film is NOT DARK YET... a beautifully shot journey through Sydney's waves during COVID from James Kates.


Screening with local short documentary KLEMM BELL & PAT MORGAN (produced by Glen Hunwick)  and Stacy Peralta's feature length documentary THE YIN AND YANG OF GERRY LOPEZ which showcases Lopez surfing Pipeline, Uluwatu and G-Land. A rare opportunity to see Gerry Lopez on the big screen in Torquay. 


Drinks and music will cap off a great opening night. 

Doors open at 7.30pm - films start at 8.00pm

Friday 6th January

Friday night is locals night as we screen an amazing selection of locally produced films including the wildly entertaining SURFERS FOR NO SURCHARGE, MAJIK and GREAT OCEAN LOVE which starts in Torquay and takes a road trip along the Great Ocean Road exploring waves and local Aboriginal culture.


To top things off OTHER LAND takes us to Ireland while Jack Coleman's NATURAL HIGH features incredible surfing from Steph Gilmore, Ryan Burch, Bryce Young, Derrick Disney, shot over three years in Hawaii, Indonesia, France, Mexico, California and Australia, is narrated by Californian surf icon John Peck.

Finally a special screening of Lauren L. Hills THE PHYSICS OF NOSERIDING... a beautiful documentary featuring; Namaala Slabb. Supporting surfers: Belinda Baggs, Ari Browne, Leah Dawson, Lauren L. Hill, Rosie Jaffurs, Lola Mignot, Josie Prendergast, Matt Cuddihy, Elise Trigger, Crystal Thornburg-Homcy, Dave Rastovich, Crystal Dzigas and Kelis Kaleopaʻa.

To top things off we also have Q & A's with local surf filmmakers on the night. A HUGE night of surf films and fun at the festival.

Saturday 7th January (Closing Night)


Closing Night 7th January we are stoked to present AFRICAN TERRITORY. A 22 months anthropological expedition in the African Continent. Two brothers travel in a 1985 former military ambulance from Spain to South Africa. The aim is to encourage horizontal human relationships through an unprecedented surf exploration and exchange of cultures in this diverse and endless continent.


Waves, wind, wilderness... the Azulay Brothers present another incredible surf adventure along one of the most remote coastlines in the world.

Screening with Glen Hunwick's surf short WEBBER BOARD TESTING WITH ADAM ‘ROBBO’ ROBERTSON.


One night only at the Bells Beach Surf Film Festival.

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