Honolulu Surf Film Festival 2020

Mahalo to everyone who tuned in to our virtual festival this year! Voting is now closed and we would like to congratulate our three festival award winners below:

Audience Choice Feature
93 – Letters from Marge by Heather Hudson

Audience Choice Short
Being Kind is Cool by Bronson Lau

Jury Award
Poisson Cru by Olivier Sautet

July 18 – August 2

The Honolulu Surf Film Festival returns for its 13th year in a new virtual format. We’ll be showcasing the best of surf features and shorts from around the world to celebrate the rich and diverse community.

We kick off the festival with a special live Q+A with Carissa Moore, star of the new film, RISS. The film will be available to watch online beforehand. The discussion will be led by accomplished junior surfer Pua DeSoto.

As surfing reaches new heights in global recognition, the festival program reaffirms the welcoming nature of the sport and the need to recognize all members of the community. Escape the heat of a Hawaiian summer with our Freeze Frames 2020 , a lineup of cold water surfing, and Canuck Riders, celebrating the surfers of our neighbors up north. We get personal with surfers in their journeys abroad in the Global Currents program and their work to promote the sport in their home countries in Émerger + Unsurfed Afghanistan. This year, we have two shorts programs that feature films on the environment, self-acceptance, and representation in surfing. The festival continues to support local talent in Rising Tide with Zak Noyle 2020  with a showcase of short films from a new wave of filmmakers.

See the full lineup below.

All film screenings and online events will be free to the public and live-streamed in Hawaii Standard Time. Each program can be accessed via a live stream video player on the individual program pages.

Exclusive 2020 Festival shirts are available for sale at the Museum shop and also online here.  The t-shirts feature the 2020 festival graphic created by local artist Shar Tuiasoa. You can find more of her work via her IG @punkyaloha and on her website.  Learn more about her work and her inspiration here.

Throughout the festival, vote for the features and shorts that inspire you for our Audience Choice awards. Voting will be done through online polls at each screening. A Jury Award will also be awarded with all winners announced after the festival.

Mahalo to our 2020 Festival Sponsors:




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Special thanks to our 2020 festival committee members: Daniel Ikaika Ito, Zak Noyle, and Crystal Thornburg-Homcy.

Daniel Ikaika Ito

Daniel Ikaika Ito serves his community as a Honolulu Surf Film Festival committee member, ODKF board member, Na Kama Kai board member, Hawaii Community Development cultural specialist and Kamehameha Schools Surf Team coach. Ito is a graduate of the Pacific Century Fellows, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and Kamehameha Schools Kapālama. He became the first native Hawaiian editor of a surf publication during his two-year tenure at Free Surf Magazine, and is a seasoned surf journalist covering he‘e nalu for Surfing Magazine, ESPN, Honolulu Star Bulletin , Honolulu Star Advertiser, Surfer’s Journal and Contrast Magazine . He is one of the founders of Contrast Magazine and Pai’ea Projects. Furthermore, he was a staff member of Mana Magazine, HAWAI‘I Magazine and Hawaii Business Magazine . Currently, Ito supports his wahine and two keiki with his day job as the communications and social media manager at Zippy’s Restaurants and as an OluKai ambassador.

Zak Noyle

Zak Noyle , an outdoor photographer with a truly unique perspective on surf and sea. Based on the Hawaiian island of O‘ahu, Zak spends countless hours in the water, creating dramatic imagery and artful interpretations of the world’s most magnificent ocean environment. He captures an insider’s view, seldom seen, of the beauty and raw power of this offshore world from his perspective besides navigating the waves with just his camera and fins. Zak has taken his work beyond the waves and his clients range from Apple, Audi, Aqualung, Instagram, Chanel, Lululemon, RedBull and various other global clients. He has worked with international athletes from Micheal Phelps to Kelly Slater and everyone in between, if it involves water there is a good chance Zak has photographed it. Surf photography requires a certain level of careful planning, hard work and a bit of sheer luck. For Zak, being in the water with his camera when the next big swell rolls through is a lifestyle; it’s an art, and it’s a passion.

Crystal Thornburg-Homcy

Born and raised in Hawai‘i, Crystal Thornburg-Homcy  is an accomplished longboarder,and an all-around ocean athlete who also races outrigger canoes, competes in long-distance swims and paddleboard races, kayaks, bodysurfs and freedives. Crystal has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Fine Art from Chaminade University in Honolulu. She volunteers with the Audubon Society at Waimea Valley and has recently worked with other nonprofit environmental groups including Conservacion Patagonia, Save Our Seas, Surfrider Foundation, Kokua Hawai’i Foundation and The North Shore Community Land Trust, among others. For over 10 years, Crystal and her husband, Dave Homcy, have been running Crave Greens, an organic garden with a mission to bring fresh organic produce to the tables of friends and family and has become an institution on the north shore of O‘ahu.

RISS: Live Q+A with Carissa Moore and Pua DeSoto

Saturday, July 18 at 7:45pm

Virtual Cinema Nugs 1

Sunday, July 19 at 4pm

Freeze Frames 2020

Sunday, July 19 at 8pm

Global Currents

Friday, July 24 at 8pm

Émerger + Unsurfed Afghanistan

Saturday, July 25 at 4pm

93 - Letters From Marge

Sunday, August 2 at 1pm

Canuck Riders

Friday, July 31 at 8pm

Family Traditions

Saturday, August 1 at 4pm

Virtual Cinema Nugs 2

Saturday, August 1 at 8PM

Rising Tide with Zak Noyle 2020

Sunday, August 2 at 4pm