Smile play live while George Greenough plays in the greenroom


It has been 4 very intense days with 12 screenings, 13 movies, one concert where the band –Smile- played the soundtrack of the movies being screened live and short films, loooooooots of short films. There have also been lots of beers in the pubs by the Teatro Principal, and pintxos, and tapas, and a txuleton or three… and tales of tubes, surf sessions and waves. It has been the four concerts of the AMSTEL FestiBaila and the non-stop parties until the wee hours of the morning, which caused a few casualties in the line-up the next day. And there have been lots of waves surfed with alaias, minisimmons, 70s style single fins, twinnies, thumbs and bonzers on Saturday morning during the AMSTEL Surfari at Zurriola. All just the way it should be: in trunks and with a cold beer awaiting you under the tent. We had World and European premieres; local films –long and short- that massively impressed some of our distinguished visitors from overseas and films from far away that impressed us!! We’ve been lucky enough to watch some of the movies that we have been hearing so much about lately and some others, totally unknown to us, that surprised and delighted us.

The screening of the 20 finalists of the Surf Short Film Competition was an entirely different affair, and the battles for loudest cheers from each film maker and his crew after the screening of each film was fierce, brutal and merciless. Finally, the Prize for best Short Film as voted by the public went to Aleluia! (Roberto Fuentes – Zumaia), but in all fairness we must say the top three were extremely close. And the same thing happened with the AMSTEL Prize for the Jury’s Favourite: El Día Después (Rodrigo Farias – Chile) won by a whisker after tying with Lobitos a Sangre y Fuego (Luís Mori – Perú). We had to go to the Jury’s second options in order to find a winner. We actually want to thank each one of the members of the Jury (Elena Murillo Artamendi, Jamie Brisick, the tow-in duo Amatriain/Agote, Koldo Serra, Juan Fernández, Josean Lizarraga, Julen Larrañaga and

We don’t want to leave without thanking all our sponsors, the filmmakers who lent us their films, the public and all the different people who lent us a hand. The AMSTEL Surfilm Festibal7 – 2009 is over but we are already working on the 2010 edition. For now we invite you to view this trilogy made for us by the crazy Basque guerilla film maker, Jim Box.

Thanks to all once again.

The AMSTEL Surfilm Festibal crew.

Another Surf Video by Jim Box

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