Portuguese Surf Film Festival celebrates its 10th edition at Parque de Santa Marta


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The Portuguese Surf Film Festival (PSFF) is back this month for its 10th annual edition, with 32 films on display and a new location. This year, in order to respect security measures and restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event will be held by the sea and right in the heart of Ericeira: Parque de Santa Marta will be the central stage, with a led-wall system and the promise of an unforgettable event.

With the support of the Municipality of Mafra – the Festival’s main sponsor –, the PSFF brings the best of today’s surf cinema to the only World Surfing Reserve in Europe, which also celebrates this year the 10th anniversary of its consecration, in 2011, by the Save the Waves Coallition.

the PSFF brings the best of today’s surf cinema to the only World Surfing Reserve in Europe

The 32 films selected to be shown in an edition that will be truly historic have already been announced.

There will be 10 days of event – ​​from the 23rd of July to the 1st of August – and the complete program of the initiative is already available on the official website. Every day, the doors open at 7:00 pm and the movie session starts at 8:00 pm, in Parque de Santa Marta. Exceptionally, on the first day, Casa de Cultura Jaime Lobo e Silva will receive, at 2:00 pm, the Surf Art Exhibition Opening and, at 6:30 pm, the music of Projecto Bug.

On this inaugural day, at 7:00 pm, in the Park, Mafra’s Mayor will open the session of the first three vibrant narratives of courage, determination and emotion, having already uttered a few words: “To celebrate 10 years of the World Surfing Reserve of Ericeira in the 10th edition of the PSFF is to pay a double tribute: to the unique natural heritage that are our waves, calling for its preservation; and to cinematographic art, making it a privileged vehicle for disseminating the environmental message. On this occasion, I congratulate the organisation, not only for the longevity achieved by this festival, but above all for its ability to introduce new arguments of interest, positioning it as a reference at national and international scales”.

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This year, the Festival will present seven world premieres and two European premieres, with winners being chosen in the following eight categories: “Film of the Year”, “Best Short”, “Best Sustainability”, “Best Cinematography”, “Best Editing”, “Women in Surf Films”, “Audience Award”, “Impactful Story” and “Ericeira Best”.

Tickets are already on sale, also available through the event’s website, €5 each, which includes the offer of a certified mask at the festival entrance.

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