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Tickets for Dana Point Film Festival May 2nd through May 5th available now for purchase

April 4, 2024 (Dana Point, CA– The highly anticipated list of films to be screened at the Dana Point Film Festival and considered for awards was announced today. During the event more than 40 hours of surf and ocean-inspired films will be screened at the Dana Point Sailing Center and the Dana Point Women’s Club, with nightly parties at Salt Creek Beach Park. More than 50 feature films and shorts from all over the globe are being shown as well as informative panels and Q&As with filmmakers; there is certainly something for everyone to enjoy. Those interested in attending ticketed showings can visit for a full schedule of events. Free community screenings will be shown at Salt Creek Beach Park including Moana, Psychic Migrationsand Step into Liquid, and free tickets are now available for reservation. 

The weekend will kick off at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 2nd with a filmmaker meet and greet at Station Craft Brewery and Kitchen in Dana Point, located at 34150 Pacific Coast Highway.

“We can’t wait for the community to meet the amazing film makers who are enabling us to put on such an extravagant weekend here in Dana Point.” said Alex Mecl, Dana Point Film Festival and Endless Summer Events Co-Founder. “These incredible humans have utilized their passion to put together films for the whole community to enjoy, so be sure to watch the trailers on our website and get tickets for the ones that speak to you and your families.” 


Paying homage to Dana Point and Orange County California’s rich surfing heritage, the ENDLESS SUMMER + DANA POINT FILM FESTIVAL will showcase many surfing films. Highlighted films and shorts being considered for awards include: Beyond Normal, Trilogy: New Wave, Chasing the BonoKamchatkaFifth TideThe Impossible WaveLiquid StageMahorobaMartin ShapesMinistry of SurfOut in the LineupPaving the WavesPororocaRide the WaveTeahupo’o Surf CampUncle Bully’s Surf School and WalkaboutTrilogy: New Wave is going to be a hit among the surfing community, as it follows professional surfers including Griffin Colapinto, who is currently ranked first in the WSL ranking. 


Honoring conservation, preservation, education and ocean adventure, the DPFF will proudly host a category of ocean films. Highlighted ocean films and shorts up for award consideration include: Cause a Sea Change: Save SharksClean SeasCoral Comeback: Call in the CrabsDead Zone in the Gulf of MexicoDeep TroubleThe Future of the OceanIt’s Easy to Help WhalesKahu Mano: The Guardians of the SharksMr. Trash WheelOrca – Black & White GoldResilienceReturn of the MangrovesSend KelpSave Our Seaweed: Marine Rockweed Forest at RiskTeam Ocean and Turning Tides

Shorts will be grouped together to create memorable programs lasting just over an hour, and full-length features will be shown as well. The Dana Point Film Festival website is carefully broken out by theme, times and venues to make it easy for viewers to select what films they want to see.

The nightly parties at Salt Creek Beach Park each focus on a different theme. Sunday night is geared towards families, with Disney’s popular movie Moana being shown. The Hawaiian-themed experience will be complete with live music by Kevin ‘Nappy’ Napoleon and Kawika Kahiapo. Hula performances and rhythmic beats by Heali’I’s Polynesian Revue will further set the tropical vibes and offer entertainment for all. “I am excited to extend a warm invitation to the Dana Point Film Festival on May 5th and have families join us at Salt Creek Beach Park for an unforgettable Hawaiian-themed experience.” said Tony Cordova, CEO of Endless Summer Events. “Let’s relive the nostalgia of the iconic ‘Endless Summer’ image, captured right here over sixty years ago. Don’t miss out on this epic celebration of summer with friends and family.” 

“After a successful first year, the Dana Point Film Festival returns with more films and family fun for all to enjoy,” said Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley, Fifth District. “With 32 miles of shoreline in the Fifth District, I will always support ocean conservation and education. The films featured in the Dana Point Film Festival highlight the importance of protecting our coast. I look forward to seeing many residents and visitors enjoy the festival’s festivities.”

The Endless Summer + Dana Point Film Festival is ready for a weekend the entire community will remember. “We are honored to have an opportunity to bring the Dana Point and broader Southern California community together for films, music, entertainment and fun,” said Lloyd Bryan Molander, Founder and Festival Executive Director of the Endless Summer + Dana Point Film Festival. “Our hope is that the community leaves feeling excited about protecting and learning more about the ocean and the thrilling activities it provides and yes have fun and feel entertained too!” 

Visit to learn more about attending the Endless Summer + Dana Point Film Festival and reserve your tickets. 

About Dana Point Film Festival & Endless Summer Events, Inc. 

The Endless Summer + Dana Point Film Festival (DPFF) is an ocean-focused film festival featuring documentaries covering conservation, exploration, education, recreation, and surfing. The DPFF is owned and produced by Endless Summer Events, Inc., a “for cause” California benefits corporation focused on bringing art and entertainment to communities around the globe. 

The DPFF, founded by ocean and surf documentary filmmaker Lloyd Bryan Molander, and co-founded by Alex Mecl of Bruce Brown Films, is a celebration of the sea’s splendor through cinematic storytelling. Endless Summer Events, guided by CEO Anthony Cordova, operates with a mission to enrich communities through art and entertainment.

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