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Global Surf Industries, the world’s biggest surfboard distributor, makes a welcome return to Noosa in 2017 with the Life is Better When You Surf Film Festival.

Presented by Screen Queensland, the film festival adds another dimension to the Laguna Real Estate Noosa Festival of Surfing, with the two-day celebration of surf on the big screen taking place on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 March.

Comprising numerous interactive and artistic elements, the Life is Better When You Surf Film Festival will see a collection of workshops and presentations on Monday 6, with a lineup of talented lensmen and legends of surf film coming together to share their knowledge.

Monday will also include an exclusive, ticketed luncheon at which renowned cameramen Tim Bonython and Greg Huglin will discuss the skills, bravery and technique required to shoot the biggest waves on the planet. Shooting Monsters will be moderated by Phil Jarratt, no stranger to making movies himself, and will feature clips of Tim and Greg’s seminal work at dangerous big wave locations around the world. Event and booking details will soon be released through the Noosa Festival of Surfing Facebook page.


The Nine Sunshine Coast Pavilion will be a hub of action on the sand at First Point throughout the week, and the Life is Better When You Surf Film Festival will be taking full advantage of the new venue. Monday will feature a workshop and following discussion on the latest technologies, the waterproof sports camera and drones, offering the best tips on ‘catching the shot’, as well as talking about the pros and cons of these contemporary tools of the trade.

Monday evening will feature the Life is Better When You Surf Short Film Show. Cinematographers of all experience are now being invited to submit their short films of ten minutes or less for review by a distinguished panel of judges. The top six movies will be screened on the beach for the general public, and the top movie maker will be awarded a special prize pack.

Over the coming weeks, the top six movies as selected by our judges will be published on the Noosa Festival website and social media to vie for the top spot. Voting is open to the public and it will be the consensus of this global audience that will decide the overall winner.

The film festival will wrap up on the beach with a special live soundtrack presentation of Shaun Cairns and Phil Jarratt’s Men of Wood & Foam. Screened to rave reviews on the Foxtel network in December, the documentary tells the story of the ‘Brookvale Six’, surfboard artisans who pioneered the modern surfboard industry over 50 years ago. The Band of Frequencies, who created the film’s soundtrack, will perform it live on the Zinc Stage.

In the finale of the film fest, Californian Cyrus Sutton, creator of such renowned surf films as Riding Waves, Stoked & Broke and Under the Sun, will present and discuss his latest movie, Island Earth. Although featuring surfing and surfers, Island Earth is a step away from Cyrus’ almost exclusively surf-oriented work, exploring the repercussions of genetically modified crops to land, culture and community in Hawaii, the world’s most concentrated area of GMO products.

The screening of Island Earth is being hosted by Halse Lodge and takes place on Tuesday 7 March from 8:30pm.

If you have a short film you would like to enter into the Life is Better When You Surf Short Film Show, email a YouTube or Vimeo link to:

Voting will open in the coming weeks, once the final six have been selected by our judges. Stay tuned to Noosa Festival social media for event launches, bookings and more information