Festival celebrates super breaks

GET ready for a swell time.

Tim Bonython's independent surf film tour initiative is back, featuring two movies - The Journey and Encoded. Now in its 11th year, the Amaysim Australian Surf Movie Festival will visit the Illawarra early next month.

Each show aims to deliver the biggest and best surf footage.

Bonython's previous film, Immersion The Movie, won awards at the 2013 New York Surf Film Festival for Best Feature Film and Best Cinematography.

"Each year I am searching for the greatest moments the ocean can offer," director Bonython said. "When it comes to surfers versus nature and the pure exhilaration of what the ocean can deliver, the Southern Hemisphere has the greatest playground of options on the planet.

"It's seasonal, but there's always so many amazing options to surf and shoot.

"This year was again nothing short of wonderful."

The first half of the presentation is Wild Australia - The Journey.

"Two of our experiences were with 'The King', Kelly Slater," Bonython said of the film.

Intermission at the show this year will include the traditional ASMF door prizes.

After intermission will be the Short Film Competition winners of the 2012 ASMF, who won the chance to have their film screened on the tour.

The main feature film of this year's ASMF is Encoded.

This is part three of the Blackwater series about Teahupo'o.

"The Teahupo'o wave, located on the south western side of Tahiti, is no doubt the world's most dangerous wave and when it's on, the best surfers want a piece of it," Bonython said.

The festival has incorporated live acoustic music since its first run in 2002.

Each year, Bonython scouts an up-and-coming artist to provide a chilled-out set at the show's interval.

In 2014, Jack Dawson joins the tour at selected shows.

You can catch the Australian Surf Movie Festival at Waves Nightclub, Towradgi Beach Hotel on Wednesday, February 5 at 8pm, and also at Warilla Beach Hotel on Friday, February 7 at 8pm.

For bookings, visit the asmf.net.au/ website.

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