10th annual Surf Film Festival kicks off today


Hawaii’s premiere international surf film showcase, the Kona Surf Film Festival kicks off today and runs through Saturday. The 10th installment of this weekend of film, acoustic music and art is scheduled from 4 to 10 p.m., with daytime matinees, at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.

The Kona Surf Film Festival showcases independent short and feature films from established and emerging surf filmmakers from around the world. The films, which highlight wave riding in all forms, are a genre-blending compilation of documentaries and high art.

“We are going to be doing some really different, cool, installments. We are bringing the fest back into the heart of Kona, and we are very excited with our collaboration with Altres Hawaii. The 10th year is going to be really special,” said festival founder and program director Chad Campbell.

The 2014 festival will again present a sustainable art fair showcasing planet-friendly local art, design, fashion, jewelry and surf equipment and accessories. Art installations and an alternative surf movie screen will also feature as part of the lineup.

Tickets range from $15 to $45, with pass prices available. Those attending are invited to bring beach chairs and blankets for films shown under the stars. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. No coolers will be allowed.

For more information and a schedule of entertainment, visit konasurffilmfestival.org.