Surfrider Short Film Fest 2023

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EVENTS — Surfrider Short Film Fest 2023

April 14, 2023 - April 16, 2023

After a two-year hiatus, the Surfrider Pacific Rim Short Film Festival is back. Launched in 2016, the film fest showcases local, national, and international shorts highlighting diverse efforts to celebrate and protect the ocean, waves, and beaches. The festival focuses on the work toward healthy oceans, the interface of the ocean and land, and the need for environmental activism. The film fest advances Surfrider’s mission of protecting and enjoying the world’s oceans and waterways through a powerful activist network. This year, the film fest is highlighting new shifts in surf movies reflecting a larger societal commitment toward greater diversity, inclusion, and Indigeneity.

In many ways, the surf movie is the perfect vehicle for delivering social, political, and environmental messages. The format of mesmerizing waves and beautiful surfing has a profound impact. Some might say that it opens the soul to a more expansive reality. Importantly, it bears the potential of moving us toward addressing the existential threats we are all facing.

As Lilly Woodbury of Surfrider Canada puts it: “Film is one of the most powerful vehicles for influencing change. Film continues to be a compelling voice for people, for flora and fauna, for all ecosystems. Through film, awareness about social and environmental issues can ripple around the planet and inspire people to take action.”

This year’s event is hybrid. If you’re in town, please join us in person on April 15th at the General Store in Tofino. We’ll also be streaming from April 14-16th, 2023 on-line. For tickets, the on-line program, and more information, please visit on March 14th, 2023.