Winner – Viewers Choice 2013: BELLA VITA, Dir. Jason Baffa, USA
A much anticipated premiere from renowned film-maker Jason Baffa, chronicling the journey of surfer/artist/environmentalist Chris Del Moro and friends as they explore the burgeoning surf culture blossoming among one the Mediterranean’s oldest civilisations. A visual epic and tavelogue captured in sumptuous 35mm, Bella Vita is an intimate and powerful journey of self-discovery steeped in culture, tradition and passion.
Born of mistral winds and witness to the birth of western civilization, the waves of the Italian coast have carried merchants, fishermen, travelers and kings. Preserved like a roman ruin, the surf of the Italian coast now carries Chris del Moro on a pilgrimage back to his ancestral homeland to explore a culture where old-world-convention and traditional craftsmanship have matured into a modern surf lifestyle and destination. Features Chris Del Moro, Dave Rastovitch, Lauren Hill, Connor Coffin and more.