16 January 19
The Bells Beach Surf Film Festival has been run for another successful year featuring 13 surf films over four nights including three Australian Premieres.
Priboi directed by Konstantin Kokorev was selected as Best Film for its innovative narrative and cinematography as it criss-crossed Russia and Siberia showcasing some of the coldest and most remote surfing destinations on the planet.
Priboi is the first full length documentary about Russian surfing with stunning scenery, surf and a unique narrative that totally engaged the Opening Night audience
Andrew Kaineder’s surf film Beyond the Noise won Best Cinematographt for its stunning cinematography and storytelling while Tan by Swiss director Alena Ehrenbold won Best Short Film.
The Festival Awards Committee are stoked to announce that Priboi also won the prestigious Peter Troy “Spirit of Surfing” Award. This is the first time in the history of the Bells Beach Surf Film Festival that a film has taken out Best Film and the Peter Troy award.
Peter Troy was a Torquay surfer who in 1963 embarked on an amazing three year surf trip around the world visiting dozens of nations and five continents. It was one of the great journeys in the history of modern surfing.
The BELLS BEACH SURF FILM FESTIVAL will be back in January 2020 for a record 10th year bringing the best surf films to the Surf Coast.
- report by John Foss. www.bellsbeachsurffilmfestival.com