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FLOTSAM Festival returns to the Gold Coast for a third wave in 2024

Flotsam Festival, the Gold Coast's premier surf film and ocean photography celebration, proudly announces its return for the third consecutive year from May 1 to May 12, 2024.

Film submissions for the 2024 festival will open this Friday, Dec 1, 2023.

Building on the success of its previous editions, the festival promises an exhilarating line-up of events and activities that encapsulate the vibrant spirit of surf culture and artistic expression through ocean-inspired film and photographic arts.

Born out of a desire to showcase the region’s creative talent pool, the coastal-themed festival has become a hallmark Gold Coast event for both locals and visitors alike.

“The FLOTSAM Festival team are excited to once again welcome film submissions from local and international filmmakers. Divisions will span across short and feature-length content, with the primary entry requirement being that film subject matter fits the pre-requisite ocean-inspired theme,” said FLOTSAM Festival Director, Carolyn Emge.

"Having attracted some incredible talent across the festival’s ’22 and ’23 seasons, we’re anticipating an even larger cohort of high calibre submissions given the increased number of expanded festival categories for 2024."

Film submissions for the 2024 festival can be submitted to Film Freeway from 12pm Friday, with category details and guidelines available for prior viewing.

For entry details, see: https://filmfreeway.com/FlotsamSurfFilmAndPhotographyFestival

Since its inaugural pilot in 2022, Flotsam has grown into a beacon of artistic expression, showcasing the region's unique surf culture, world-class waves, and the abundant talent of its creative community.

The 2024 edition of Flotsam Festival will boast an extensive calendar of events staged as a multi-venue arts trail, and designed to captivate audiences of all interests.

Among the highlighted events set to make a return are Flotsam’s innovative outdoor photography exhibitions, curated film nights including Flotsam’s female creator showcase (Surf) Girls on Film, local film and photography competition awards night Homegrown, an International Surf Flick Fest, as well as new events including a youth film and photography initiative partnering visuals with live performances by up-and-coming musicians.

The festival will also feature dedicated amateur and youth programs, advanced photography workshops, and environmentally-conscious initiatives including a competition where debris and found items transform into art pieces captured through photography.

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Flotsam Festival 2024 represents more than a surf and photography celebration; it is a testament to the Gold Coast's growing reputation as a cultural events destination.

The festival aims to build a platform that communicates the region's enviable coastal lifestyle and showcases its authentic surf roots and creative talent to an international audience.

Flotsam Festival’s successful pilot saw:

+ 27,000 visitors across 22 event sites
+ 82 filmmakers and photographers exhibited
+ 13 music performances
+ 52 accommodation providers and 34 restaurants, cafes and breweries spanning Currumbin to Coolangatta participated in festival ticketing programs

The full program for Flotsam Festival 2024 will be launched in March.


Media room: https://flotsamarts.pr.co/
Festival website: https://www.flotsamfestival.com.au
Film Freeway: https://filmfreeway.com/FlotsamSurfFilmAndPhotographyFestival



Emily Halloran – FLOTSAM

P: 0432 041 137

E: hello@emilyhalloran.com

About Flotsam Arts

Flotsam Festival is a multi-site film and photography celebration inspired by surf culture. The third annual Flotsam Festival will run from Wednesday 1st May to Sunday 12th May, 2024. Flotsam Festival is presented by Flotsam Arts Inc., a not for profit association formed to create pivotal events that showcase the Gold Coast’s iconic surf culture through photo and film, and to create opportunities for photographic artists to extend their practice through mentorships, workshops and exhibition opportunities.

Flotsam Festival is supported by the City of Gold Coast, Experience Gold Coast, and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

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