Photo: INTO BLISS // Douglas Guillot & David Pierre/ Indonesia & France/ 2017/ 3’
Final Countdown it is! We are so proud of our friends Errol & Jolinde, fellow Dutchies, to organise the 9th edition of the Ombak Bali Surf Film Festival. Super stoked being part of it again and super excited to go check out all the surf movies, meet friends and eat popcorn all night (eeeek, yes we are addicted).
Get yourself ready for 3 salty nights filled with surf travels, personal missions, mind-blowing stories and a whole lotta good stuff. Eighteen carefully-selected films from 13 different countries light up the big screen this year with the best surf films, documentaries, music & art outside on the beautiful beach of La Laguna which sprawls across the beachfront between Seminyak and Canggu. Imagine a wonderland of wooden caravans, ornamental gardens and a tropical lagoon under the stars..
The first day of the Ombak Bali Surf Film Festival will take place on September 13th (yes almost!!). Each day starts around sunset time with free entrance, so make sure you come early to get the best seats on the sand. Tip: we always bring a sarong to sit on ;)
Hai Errol & Kai! La Plancha Editions 2016 – Photo’s via www.ombakbalifestival.com
MOVIE LINE-UP // Opening night Wednesday – September 13
Kicking off this year’s event is the international premier ‘Secrets of Desert Point’ by legends Ira Opper & Bill Heick, about the discovery of that perfect pristine barrelling Lombok left in the eighties, and the price to keep it a secret.
The main feature of the night is the Indo premiere of ‘Proximity’ the latest surf flick by iconic surf director Taylor Steele with an epic cast of four legends and four prodigies surfing all four corners of the world (Can’t wait for this one!) Check the trailor here:
Day 2 – Thursday September 14
Thursday evening starts with the incredible story of surf photographer Russell Ord who worked several years to capture that one perfect shot. This inspiring film is followed by the ultimate road trip along the European coastline as told from the early sixties till now in ‘Endless Winter II’. We then dive straight into ‘Fishpeople’ by Keith Malloy, a film about the transformative effects of time spent in the ocean. The late night screening is the intense and exciting doco ‘Biarritz Surf Gang’.
Closing night Friday – September 15
Closing night starts in South Africa where kids from the townships go surfing to escape the traumas of township life. ‘The Church of the Open Sky’ follows which takes us from Papua New Guinea to Sri Lanka and Australia, an endearing representation of the surfing experience. The late night feature is the amazing documentary ‘Gaza Surf Club’ about the new generation of Gaza who are being drawn to the beach to find personal freedom in the waves. A beautiful and rousing film to end the festival.