01 Aug 2023
Call for entries

15 Dec 2023
Festival closed

15 Jan 2024
Notification date

28 Feb 2024
03 Mar 2024


Nekazari Kalea nº 1 Bajo Izd,  48170, ZAMUDIO, BIZKAIA, Spain

Festival description
Short film festival 30'<
Feature film festival >31'

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Does NOT have submission fees
 International Festival
 Online and Physical Location
 Production date: Any
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  30'<
 Feature Films  >31'
Basque Spanish
Basque Spanish
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Festival start: 28 February 2024      Festival end: 03 March 2024

Bilbao Surf Film Festival 2024 is the unique surf festival in the Basque Country, a small nation between France and Spain. We have been growing steadily for 9 editions, achieving in the last three editions the presence of local and international athletes and filmmakers, and prestigious films from all over the world, putting the name of Bilbao - Basque Country in the sphere of culture and international surfing, as well as being a unique showcase for tourism.

Its a multidisciplinary and transmedia event with photo contests, skate championship, online surf competitions, expositions, live music, talks and roundtables, an industry meeting, a solidarity action, a Surf Market and a lot of surprises year by year.

A professional jury composed of people related to the world of surfing and audiovisuals will select the finalists and the winning films. The jury's decision is final. In addition, the jury reserves the right to declare any of the prizes void.

Votes will be cast according to criteria of technical quality, artistic sensitivity, creativity and narrative solvency. The jury's decisions, including the final decision, will be taken by simple majority.

The categories will be:

- BEST FILM AWARD (More tan 30 minutes)

- BEST SHORT FILM (Less tan 30 minutes)

- BEST LOCALS ONLY (For the best work presented by filmmakers registered in or born in the Basque Country)

- BEST ACTION SPORTS (For the best work on sports other than surfing like skate, mountain, BMX, trails, nature...)

- PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD (For the best film, selected by the public by means of a vote)

- JURY AWARD (For the best film according to the consensus criteria of the professional jury)

- Official Selection (Not an award but a laurel awarded to the short films and documentaries participating in the official selection)

* The works submitted may not be awarded in more than two categories at the same time.

The winning short films and documentaries will be announced at the closing gala on March 2, 2024. They will be published on the website

Bilbao Surf Film Festival, organized by TAUI MEDIA S.L., aims to promote the cinematographic universe of surfing.


Both feature films and short films will be accepted. The maximum duration will be up to 30 minutes for short films and more than 30 minutes for the rest, and it is essential that the subject matter be related to the world of surfing (or action sports in the ACTIONS PORTS category). The works can be of any genre, from fiction to documentary.

There is no limit to the number of works to be presented in this contest for each author.

It is recommended that in the works that include dialogues and are not in Basque or Spanish, subtitles should be provided and that these should be in Basque and Spanish.

All works submitted in previous editions of this festival are excluded and are not eligible to participate.

The proposals must be original, without having been plagiarized or usurped from third parties. In case of suspicion, proof of authorship will be requested.

The author will be the owner and responsible for all the total reproduction rights of the work and, therefore, exempts the festival organization from any responsibility derived from it.

In the case of the use of music and/or images, it is recommended that they be royalty-free (copyleft or self-created). In case of using copyrighted songs or images, the participant assumes the risk that the platform to which the video is uploaded or whoever holds the copyright may take action against the video. Likewise, if it is proven that the video is violating in any way the intellectual property regulations, the organization will consider its rejection.

All works submitted must make a non-sexist use of language, attitudes and images, as well as non-homophobic and non-racist attitudes. A non-sexist use will be guaranteed in the totality of the submitted work, in compliance with Law 4/2005, of February 18, 2005, for the Equality of Women and Men. In accordance with the aforementioned law, in the productions presented, people will not be shown as inferior or superior in human dignity based on their sex, or as mere sexual objects, sexist stereotypes will be avoided and sexual diversification, roles and gender identities will be promoted.


Para participar es necesario inscribirse en la web e incluir en esa inscripción el link de la plataforma donde previamente se haya colgado el cortometraje (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) o a través de plataformas como WeTrasnfer, MyAirBridge, Drive…

Registration is free of charge.

The deadline for entries is December 15, 2023.
Organization reserves the right to extend the deadline due to organization needs or internal decisions.


The authors of the short films selected for screening at the festival will have the obligation to send their work to in a digital file (via WeTransfer, e-mail or similar, preferably in HD (1280×720) /Full-HD (1920×1080) resolution and mp4 format, with the organization reserving the right to request a change of format in case of technical needs). This fact will be communicated to the corresponding authors well in advance.



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