Saturday, November 29, 2008

Let's go surfing: Film festival opens

The "Ombak Bali" International Surf Film Festival opened its doors Thursday night at Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel, Kuta, kicking off with two original films shot in Liberia and the Philippines.

The three-day festival was the first held in South East Asia.

"Many other countries like Australia, France and the U.S. already have had such festivals for a long time, so we thought it was time to set up a great chance for creative film makers and surf lovers in Asia, that's how we started one year ago," initiator and program head Lin de Haas said.

"Ombak Bali" has invited filmmakers to send in their independently produced feature-length and short surf films, with the best to be chosen and then screened for a larger audience.

Fourteen international surf films will be shown until Saturday night, exhibiting wave riding in various forms, from arty surf films to documentaries with serious background stories and from comedies about surf legends to classic big-wave adventures.

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