We are honored to announce an exclusive venue partnership with MadFish Winery for the upcoming Yallingup Surfilm Festival to be held in January, 2010. MadFish Winery will serve as the featured venue for all film showings during the weekend-long surf culture experience. The three-day event aims to inspire exploration into surf culture and to provide passionate artists from around the world with a forum for sharing their creativity.

Located in the Yallingup region, MadFish Wines is a family owned and operated winery that has earned an international reputation for making wines that are among the world’s finest. Featuring an award winning architectural building incorporating feng shui principles with contemporary Australian design, and flanked by tall marri and karri trees – it is a world class location for the festival.

Amy Burch, Owner of MadFish Wines says “We are committed to bringing diverse surf culture to the Western Australian surf community. This festival is a chance for the surf community to come together and celebrate broad influences from around the world.”

The MadFish story begins in the far southern reaches of Western Australia where, 15 kilometres from the quiet coastal town of Denmark, is the picturesque Madfish Bay. According to local folklore, the bay’s tranquility is broken when two tides meet. The fish, confused by this natural phenomenon, can be observed leaping in the air as if in a state of complete madness. The artwork for the label was originally designed by the late Maxine Fumagalli, a Noongar artist from Western Australia’s Great Southern region, who had a deep love for the land and the people of the region. Her designs reflect the Aboriginal understanding that there is unity between land, sea, stars, animals and people, hence the inclusion of all elements in the label’s design. The traditional Aboriginal water turtle design on the label is a symbol of perseverance and tolerance – no doubt characteristics displayed by the fish in Madfish Bay. In the spirit of Western Australia, MadFish Wines are without pretension and without fuss. – http://www.madfishwines.com.au


SurfAid has launched an Emergency Response Appeal to help the people of Padang who were hit by a huge earthquake (7.6 on the Richter scale) on Wednesday 30 September.

Our Program Director, Dr David Lange, narrowly escaped death as he fled the Ambacang Hotel, which then collapsed, killing many and trapping others.

Many buildings have been destroyed with people caught underneath the rubble.  There is a report that schoolchildren are still trapped underneath three schools.  One hospital is destroyed and another so badly damaged that staff are working in tents outside. Doctors used car headlights and torches to operate on the injured overnight.

Dr David Lange said:  “People are trapped and screaming for help but they are below huge slabs which will take heavy equipment to move.  I saw dozens of the biggest buildings collapsed in town, most of the damage is concentrated in the commercial centre market, which was fully packed.”

Any donations you can make are greatly appreciated.

Please donate by clicking HERE.

Thank you

The SurfAid Team



The Yallingup Surfilm Festival will now be held from the 22nd – 24th of January 2010. Be sure to put the new dates in your diary. We will be announcing the YSF screening panelists soon. Stay tuned! Location: Madfish Winery

Submission to YSF 2010 are OPEN between JUNE – OCT 2009. All genres of film (Rated M15 + or less) are encouraged. If you are considering submitting work, please browse the newly launched website for a more comprehensive overview of festival plans.

For More Information Contact:
P: +61 (08) 97554455
E: info@yallingupsurfilm.com.au
W: http://www.yallingupsurfilm.com.au




We are calling for filmmakers to submit entries for the 2010 Yallingup Surfilm Festival to be held at Madfish Winery in January. Films submitted can be about any subject. Short films: less than 30  Minutes. Feature films: 30 minutes or more. So the only limit is your imagination.

YSF 2010 will attract creative people from all walks of life interested in surf culture. Selected films will be screened at the Madfish Winery at various times during the 3-day event.

Accepted formats:
DVD (Region 2 or Region free), VHS (PAL) or Mini DV (PAL). Non English Language films must have English subtitles or a transcription in English. Please consider making your film as accessible as possible by including audio description, and captioning.
Rated M15 + or below
Deadline for submissions:
1st October 2010
Please submit 5 copies of your chosen work, so that YSF can distribute to our screening panelists.

If you would like to discuss this or if you are currently in post production stages and are concerned about meeting the deadline, please contact jesca@yallingupsurfilm.com.au

How to submit your films:
Contact YSF for a submission form (or download the submission form from the submission page):
EM: info@yallingupsurfilm.com.au
PH: +61 (08) 9755 4455
FA: +61 (08) 9755 4455
MO: +61 (0) 417 758012

Return the completed form with your film(s), by 01/10/09 to:
Yallingup Surfilm Festival
PO BOX 571
Dunsborough, Western Australia, 6281

Please do not send originals at this stage – unfortunately we cannot return submissions.

Enclose any publicity material – blurb, print quality images, biographical information about the artists and filmmakers. This may be used in publicity and marketing for the