San Diego, CA — The San Diego Surf Film Festival (SDSFF) has announced its much-anticipated line-up of independent international surf films, which will transport viewers into evolving surf cultures around the world. The SDSFF 2012 program offers 13 amazing feature length films and nearly two dozen short films throughout the three-day festival weekend May 11-13, 2012 at the world famous Bird's Surf Shed.

"We have films from our own beautiful backyard to films navigating every corner of the globe," said Pierce Michael Kavanagh, a San Diego native and one of the SDSFF founders. "I am really impressed with all the talented filmmakers making it happen around the world. It's refreshing to see their heart and soul poured into these films. For filmmakers, these films mean everything."

The SDSFF kicks off Friday evening May 11th with three incredible films that welcome the beach community to come share the passion for surfing, the ocean and cinema: Jack McCoy's underwater fantasy Blue Sway, Mickey DeTemple's picturesque Sight/Sound and Doug Walker's amazing story Lost and Found are three films that show us surfing from a different angle, a different environment and even a different time period. The evening will also feature local artwork and photographs in the SDSFF Surf Art lounge, live music from The Red Fox Tails, cold beer provided by Primo and plenty of food from Daphne's. The City of San Diego will even be presenting the SDSFF with a proclamation on opening night.

On May 12-13, the SDSFF schedule will include The BoardRoom, Gauchos Del Mar, Going Vertical, Little Black Wheels, Onde Nostre, Promised Land, Somewhere Near Tapachula, The Still Point, Thirty Thousand, Through the Whiskey Barrel, The Women and the Waves.

For a complete list of films, trailers and times, please visit

The three-day festival, which will be dedicated to celebrating all things that ride waves, will also include scheduled beach cleanups and surf get togethers, along with shaping demonstrations and filmmaker/surfer panels. Festival-goers are also invited to an after-party on Friday night at the Griffin in San Diego, where The Mattson 2 will be jamming. On Saturday, the crew from Shaper's Studio is hosting another after party at their San Diego location, and have a slew of wonderful plans.

"We would like to thank Bird at Bird's Surf Shed for pairing up with the SDSFF to make this such an amazing event," Kavanagh said. For Eric "Bird" Huffman, owner of Bird's Surf Shed, passing on the stoke is easy. "A good surf film leaves you in awe and a feeling of how lucky we are to be surfers and to give the mind and soul something to think about," he said. "Bird's Surf Shed is honored to be able to showcase this massively important part of surfing's past, present and future."

All ticket information and a schedule of films can be found on the San Diego Surf Film website

The San Diego Surf Festival is stoked on its sponsors Daphnes, Primo Beer and GoPro.