Surfalorus Film Festival seeks new films

Published 6:54 am Monday, March 29, 2021

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NC Aquariums is presenting the 10th Annual Surfalorus Film Festival, a four-day event showcasing the year’s best surf films with a series of sunset screenings, an underwater camera workshop, hang-gliding lessons, some laid-back parties and the hottest waves of the season.

The festival has a history of bringing the work of surf legends like photographer Jeff Divine and groundbreaking filmmaker George Greenough to audiences in North Carolina. The 10th Annual Surfalorus Film Festival seeks new surf films celebrating the sport as well as our oceans and the bold, creative makers who bring these stories to life.

“From the days of Bud Brown and Doc Ball screening the very first surf films on through the wild ‘Surf Movie Night’ events at the Santa Monica Civic Center emceed by the legendary Bruce Brown to today’s remarkable outdoor surf screenings held on the Outer Banks, surf movies have always been the pulse of the culture,” said Zach Hanner, Surfalorus director. “When we started screening surf movies at Cucalorus back in the early 2000s, they resonated with our audience because surfers were some of the very first ‘independent’ filmmakers. As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Surfalorus, the films and the filmmakers have only gotten better and more interesting.”

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The festival’s mission is to showcase the most talented surf filmmakers of our time. Alumni include Cyrus Sutton, J. Brother, George Trimm, Nathan Oldfield and a new wave of female surf filmmakers like Crystal Thornburg-Homcy, Devyn Bisson, Lauren Hill, Luca Merli, Jess Lowcher, Leah Dawson and Alena Ehrenbold.

“Surfalorus brings surfers and filmmakers together in one of the most beautiful spots and prime locations for surfing on the East Coast,” said Dan Brawley, chief instigating officer at Cucalorus.

Surfalorus accepts shorts, features, documentaries and any other surf inspired films by filmmakers of all backgrounds from anywhere on the planet.

Filmmakers who would like to participate in this year’s festival can submit their films online at The regular submission deadline is April 28 and the late deadline is May 18. For questions about eligibility or submission, contact

Surfalorus is presented by NC Aquariums and is organized through a collaboration between Dare County Arts Council and Wilmington-based Cucalorus Film Festival, which will celebrate its 27th anniversary in November.



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