As the surfing world tour lands in Coolangatta for the first time in two years, surf-inspired arts will also be showcased with a mix of short pop-up film installations, photography exhibitions, screenings of films, workshops and photo meetings.

The premier FLOTSAM surf film and photography festival takes place on the Gold Coast from May 1-8, offering holidaymakers and locals an exciting season of sea-inspired cinema amid a whirlwind of short film premieres , workshops, in-depth discussions with filmmakers and photographers and photographic exhibitions, staged indoors and outdoors.

With COVID-19 restrictions hampering trade and events in the southern border region of the Gold Coast for the past two years, FLOTSAM is a commitment to better days ahead. The festival aims to help the South Gold Coast bounce back while showcasing the region’s unique surf culture, world-class waves and abundant creative talent.

Click here to book tickets for FLOTSAM and learn more about the festival.

Photo: Peter ‘Joli’ Wilson

More than thirty high-calibre artists will have their work presented during the festival, including Peter Joli Wilson, one of the most recognized figures in surf photography with a career spanning more than 40 years, participating in a group exhibition and headlining the festival’s photo workshops, photo walking tours and a one-day photo masterclass.

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To kick off the opening night of the FLOTSAM Festival, we celebrate 50 years of the film that inspired a generation, meticulously remastered in 4K. Classic 1972 by Albert Falzon, earth morning (G) is internationally recognized as one of the greatest surf movies of all time. Its psychedelic imagery and audiovisual tour de force captured the minds of a generation and became an instant benchmark of avant-garde cinema. Now meticulously restored and beautifully remastered in 4K, the museum-quality restoration from the original 16mm AB rolls presents a pristine copy that, according to Albert, “looks and sounds better than ever”. Experience the film under the stars atop Kirra Hill, overlooking the break that was immortalized with Michael Peterson’s opening rides in the film.

In addition to the remastered version of MOTEthe anniversary sessions will also feature the short film 50 years around the sunwhich features previously unreleased excerpts from the MOTE “Lost coils”.

Book your tickets for the Morning of the Earth screening here.

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