• schedule

    films are free. No ticket needed.


    february 14

    6pm Opening party with canapés



    7pm WHITE RHINO 67 min


    1hr 54 min Outdoor screening. Followed by romantic sauna to celebrate Valentine's Day.


    february 15

    Carrot soup w/foccacia for 140 NOK - all day sauna





    1hr 10min

    3pm EMOCEAN 63 min

    5pm VAGUE A L'AME 52 min

    7pm SHAKA 1 hr 17 min

    9pm BIG WATA

    80 min with Magnus Endel to take questions in person.
    Followed by Afterparty


    february 16

    Dinner/lunch: 185 NOK



    1pm MUKUNE 7 MIN

    3pm NEVER TOWN 40 min

    5pm SHARKWATER EXTINCTION 1 hr 28 min

    7pm SURF SIBERIA 79 min

    9pm - 03 am. Awards!! + Off the Beaten Path Awards. Hawaii Hang Loose Party - tropical drinks - dress up in Hawaii shirts.


    february 17

    VIP Brunch at 11am - Invitation only





    Director: Rob Stewart

    Sharkwater: Extinction is a thrilling and inspiring action packed journey that follows filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the massive illegal shark fin industry and the political corruption behind it — a conspiracy that is leading to the extinction of sharks.

    Vague à l’Ame

    Director: Vincent Kardasik

    Featuring Benjamin Sanchis, Shane Dorian, Jack Robinson, & Justin Becret, Vague à l'Âme tells the full story of the blood, sweat, & tears behind what it takes to surf the heaviest waves on the planet.


    Director: Morgan Le FAUCHEUR 

    Between oceans and mountains, here is the unique adventure, the passionate journey of one of the greatest athlete of its generation; snowboarding world champion Mathieu Crepel. Some see it as a quest of the needless, others as a way of life. A reason to discover the world, to accomplish his dreams that sometimes turn out to be true feats… Filmed and told by his childhood friend, Mathieu challenges himself to surf the legendary wave of Jaws in Hawaii, an intimate tale with a feel good movie note. Shaka !


    Director: Tony Harrington

    Emocean started out as a surf film but quickly turned into something so much more than wild waves and barrel rides. This is a documentary with soul; a salty blend of stories by the eclectic assortment of people sharing tales of adventure, adrenaline, inspiration, love and loss and their relationship with the ocean.

    white rhino

    Director: Brent Storm

    A parallel story from the big wave surfers and photographers who witnessed the largest surf ever seen. This story is based on one photographer's journey to capture the wave of a lifetime. In pursuit, three epic swells hit the South Pacific shorelines, providing conditions only madmen could dream of. Hear the story behind these historical days from the men themselves who dared to challenge the 'White Rhino'.

    big wata

    Director: Gugi van der Velden

    Big Wata (The Ocean) is a documentary about the first and only surf club in Sierra Leone.

    During the Ebola outbreak the younger members of a West African fishing community discover surfing as their identity and purpose in life.

    surf siberia

    Director: Konstantin KOKOREV

    A film about Russian surf culture. A story about what it is to truly live, about the joy of being free.
    From the surprisingly smooth waves of the Baltic to the powerful oceanic swells of Kamchatka; down to the welcoming waves of the Black Sea and the challenge of surfing in the Arctic Ocean – these are the stories of people who have dedicated their entire lives to the surf.



    Journey to the seemingly idyllic world of Native Hawaiians, where communities are surrounded by experimental test sites and pesticides sprayed upwind of their neighborhoods. Poisoning Paradise details the ongoing struggle to advance bold new legislation governing the fate of their island home.

    In an attempt to diversify an economy that was overly reliant on tourism, policymakers in both Hawaii and Washington, D.C. encouraged the world’s largest biotech companies to utilize Kauai’s favorable climate and fertile soil to test genetically engineered seeds and crops. Corporations including Syngenta, Pioneer DuPont, BASF, and Dow Agrosciences have since applied hundreds of tons of Restricted Use (RU) pesticides on thousands of acres across the Garden Island’s West Side, the traditional homeland of an indigenous and disenfranchised population.


    Director: Andrew Buckley

    Part surf film, part conservation film, Never Town takes a journey along some wild coastlines and talks with the people fighting to keep them wild. Filmed along the Southern Ocean coasts of Australia, it’s an exploration of what these places mean to surfers… and what surfers are willing to do to save them. As surfing elder Wayne Lynch says, “We mythologised these places. We lose them and we lose ourselves.” Features the surfing of Dave Rastovich, Dan Ross, Belinda Baggs and Heath Joske with music by Midnight Oil, Yirrnga Yunupingu, Ziggy Alberts and Bad Dreems.

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    Director: Arthur Bourbon

    In June 2018, professional surfers Arthur Bourbon and Damien Castera travelled to Africa in order to make a documentary film about Liberia. They went there to witness the history of the first surfing community in this country, devastated by 15 years of civil war. A feature-length documentary is currently being edited and will be available in early 2019.

  • About


    The first annual Unstad Arctic Surf Film Festival will take place at Unstad Arctic Surf February 14 - 17, 2019 as part of FLiFF On Location. Unstad Arctic Surf is located in Lofoten, Norway and is credited for first introducing surfing to Norway back in the 1960's. People from all over the world come to experience the first class waves, northern lights, and beautiful landscapes and in one of the happiest countries. Its the perfect setting to watch films that will inspire you and to experience nature at its finest. Affordable airline tickets can be found on Norwegian Air and Wideroe.


    FLIFF is the Fort Lauderdale Int'l Film Festival which is in its 34th year. FLiFF On Location is simply taking films to other places. Film festivals have started from FLiFF including the St Augustine Film Festival which is now in its 9th year. There will be at least 12 films showing at Unstad Arctic Surf Film Fest including SHAKA, EMOCEAN, WHITE RHINO, SURF SIBERIA, BIG WATA, POISONING PARADISE, local films, and more to follow.


    FLIFF is a non profit 501 3c and feels strongly that the arts are life changing and vital to society. What is unique about FLIFF is that it runs two art house cinemas year round, which enables them to book films for art house runs, Cinema Paradiso and Savor Cinema.


    A selection of the Unstad Arctic Surf Film Festival will also be booked for a week mini fest at one of FLiFF's cinemas and the filmmakers will receive a % of the box office from the South Florida run.


    Celebrating its 34th annual festival in 2019, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) presents international films, American indies and studio films, student films, special tributes, seminars and introduces filmmakers to South Florida audiences. The festival runs November 1 – 17 and screens 200 films in Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise, Hollywood, St Augustine, and The Bahamas. Considered one of the most important regional film festivals in the U.S., the Festival's commitment to first-time filmmakers and innovative programming make it the perfect test market for your film.


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