South East Asia’s one and only surf film festival hits the beachfront with an epic birthday bash from 12-15 September 2018. Turning 10 is quite a milestone and we hope you will help us celebrate with an action-packed 4-day ride filled with fantastic films, art and live music!
As always we dive straight into the board-riding cultures around the world, exploring remote countries, final frontiers and of course glorious waves with those who share a love for all things wet and salty.
Expect mind-blowing visuals with an awesome selection of films fuelled by wild adventures, personal pilgrimages and low budget escapades by those impassioned by the motion of the ocean. Films lead us from the isolated coastlines of Angola to the northern most tip of Indonesia, and onto picture perfect Mexico, and the gnarly breaks of Nazare. This year sees a strong line-up coming out of Africa, that immense, beautiful continent with thousands and thousands of kilometers of empty, promising lines. See world champions, community heroes, giant waves and sweet rollers from Nias, Angola, Tasmania, Spain and Morocco.
The OmbakBali crew has searched far and wide to find the most incredible, awe-inspiring films of the genre, films that go beyond the waves and show how surfing can mobilize, inspire and fuel social change.
One of the headliners is the highly-anticipated Indonesian premiere of Andy Irons: Kissed by God, the untold story of the three time world champion and pride of Hawaii. Other festival highlights include Dave Rastovich in Never Town – a rallying call for surfers and local communities to stand together to protect the wild spaces around them. Changing Point documents Indonesia’s first female champion surfer woman champion Yasniar ‘Bonne’ Gea and Big Wata which follows a group of surfers from Sierra Leone on a road trip of a lifetime to Liberia. A stunning collection of shorts will run alongside the main features.
Art & music
As always there will be cool beats, with Marapu from Yogjakarta kicking things off on opening night. A far cry from your typical reggae cover band, Marapu plays authentic roots reggae. Marapu will be performing with a surprise guest singer/ DJ from the UK. There will also be a photo exhibition by renowned adventure surf & ocean photographer, Tommy Schultz.
We’ve added an extra day to celebrate our 10th anniversary and the festival runs from September 12 to 15, starting daily at sunset.
Find us at the one and only La Laguna, Canggu, a bohemian beachfront wonderland of gypsy caravans, lush gardens, tropical lagoon and bean bags – perfect for watching movies under the stars.
The complete festival program is free of charge.
About OmbakBali Surf Film Festival
OmbakBali Surf Film Festival offers a high quality line-up of carefully selected surf documentary features, action films, shorties, animations and art. The festival embraces innovative, adventurous and independent filmmaking and focuses on recent work. Both talented newcomers and more established directors are being celebrated during the four-day event. All screenings are free of charge and take place open-air, under the stars next to the sandy shores of Canggu beach in Bali, Indonesia. OmbakBali Festival is a yearly event, and since its debut in Kuta in 2008, it has become a solid landmark to celebrate surfing and surf lifestyle in its most creative forms. All films at the festival are World, International or Asian premieres.
We’re very happy to partner up with Albens Cider, Rip Curl, Kayu Surfboards, 4Ocean, BaliHigh Media and venue partner La Laguna.