The Big Island of Hawaii will once again host the Kona Surf Film Festival, now in its 8th Year! Running Dec. 2nd and 3rd, 2011 at the beautiful Maunalani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, the Festival is a great community event that showcases the newest, most obscure, and most interesting surf films from around the world.  This year the Festival will benefit the Seathos Foundation, a non-profit group committed to the health of our oceans, as well as supporting the Surfrider Foundation the Kona to California Scholarship.  In addition to a great lineup of surf films, the Festival will feature surf art and live music both nights.  Come check it out, send in your movies, or both!

The Kona Surf Film Festival is a creation of Kona local Chad Campbell and his friends & family. Chad, a surfer and filmmaker himself, founded the Festival in 2003 as a means of bringing together Hawaii's surfing family for a communal love of all things surf.  The Festival has always been a forum for independent local and international filmmakers to showcase their work, and each year the Fest benefits the surfing community on the Big Island and beyond.  The Fest has raised money for various organizations including Kulana Huli Honua, the Betty Kanuha Foundation, Protect Kohanaiki Ohana, and the Surfrider Foundation. 

From Shane Dorian and Kelly Slater mingling casually with the crowd to the rowdy, standing-room only surf party vibe reminiscent of the early days of surf cinema, the Fest has been an awesome event for 7 years running.  With the past years as testament to the growing popularity of the  Fest, Chad and company are looking forward to the biggest and best year yet!