New International Surfilm Festival set for special movie screening in March

The community driven Noosa International Surfilm Festival is back for a full program in August this year and locals are in for a special treat with a special screening of Birth of the Endless Summer at The J Theatre on March 8.

Event Festival Founder and Director, Jesca Maas is supported by a small, dedicated committee of surf culture enthusiasts and in collaboration with the Noosa Festival of Surfing who collectively share a common vision to create an international event that will showcase the incredible value of surf films within our culture.

Event organiser: Jesca Maas

Jesca said she was looking forward to this year’s inaugural event in Noosa after she successfully ran the hugely popular Yallingup Surfilm Festival (WA) in 2010 and 2012.

“The Yallingup event was regarded as one of the most highly successful surf film festival platforms of its time, so now it’s time to let Noosa locals and our many visitors enjoy these amazing films.

“Although our festival won’t be held until 8-10 August, we are holding a special screening of the Birth of the Endless Summer on March 8 so we can whet people’s appetite on the types of films we will be showing. This film is a new, full-length feature documentary detailing the genesis of what would become the most influential surf movie of all time.

“The award-winning documentary feature captures the magic of adventure traveler and surf pioneer Dick Metz as he vagabonds the globe from 1958-1961. Metz’s journey would not only inspire his friend Bruce Brown to create one of the most watched and beloved films of all time, but also set events in motion that would forever change surfing and pop culture,” Jesca said.

Venue: The J Theatre, Noosa

6pm – 6.45pm Bar Open & Live Music by Lillian Fairfax

7pm – 7.40pm Short films KIN & Dancing on Water

7.40 – 8pm Interval

8pm – 9.40pm Birth of The Endless Summer, Q&A with film Director Richard Yelland

Tickets: Available at

Featured films:

KIN 7 min. – Film makers Lauren Hill & Andrew Buckley. Starring Lauren Hill and Dave Rastavich

Join longboard champion and ocean lover Belinda Baggs for a short film and conversation about how people can work together to protect Australia’s ocean for good. She’s passionate about rallying our ocean community to call for full protection for 30 percent of Australia’s ocean.


All of life–each breath, every sip–is an inheritance from those who came before. Like many Australian families, the ocean is where Lauren Hill and Dave Rastovich’s family connect–through surf, play and wonderment. Just a few generations ago, the ocean was considered too big to fail. Now with so many threats, the ocean seems too big to fix. In search of solutions, Lauren and her family travel to one of Australia’s most protected marine playgrounds. KIN is a story of the ocean, love and connection. It’s about the world we’ve inherited, the choices we can make, and what it looks like when we get things right. Protect Australia’s ocean for good.

Dancing on Water 12 min – Film maker Josh Hauser. Starring Felicity & Warwick Palmateer.


Dancing on Water is a 12-minute Short Documentary that dives deep into the paternal bond between Warrick and Felicity Palmateer. Despite all the obstacles and challenges they have come to face in life, the ocean has always kept them grounded, and most importantly a place of healing. It’s a beautiful story and at times dives deep into some real, raw and honest matters.

Birth of the Endless Summer

The wild true story of how a sexy Laguna beach surfer inspired the endless summer and its search for the mythical perfect wave.




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