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Saturday and Sunday August 19th and 20th we are honoured to present you the first Dutch two day Surf Film Festival held at the greatest cinema in Amsterdam FC Hyena, where you can plunge of the diving board into the water in between movies; eat rad food and drink beers and vin nature.

Seasicksurf Filmfest is proudly supporting the Save The Waves Coalition Film Festival as part of our full program, together with Surfrider Foundation Holland. Featuring a series of documentaries and shorts dedicated to ocean and wave protection. Go check 'em out and support the cause.

Sunday 20th we will be hosting our famous Seasicksurf Board Swap meeting during the festival in front of the cinema. So bring your boards and other surfcraft to buy, trade or sell or just to show off ..



church of the open sky / blackboy / cattu

'The Church of the Open Sky' is the latest feature length release from award winning independent Australian filmmaker Nathan Oldfield, creator of 'Lines From A Poem', 'Seaworthy', 'The Heart & The Sea' and 'Gathering'. Shot on location in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka, the film features Dave Rastovich, Lauren Lindsey Hill, Tom Wegener, Belinda Baggs, CJ Nelson, Alex Knost, Johnny Abegg, Neal Purchase Jr, Jasson Salisbury, Devon Howard and many others..

This film is an inspired and endearing representation of the surfing experience, where all participants are worthy and welcomed - to learn, play and grow together - in inclusive, sacred playgrounds beneath 'The Church of the Open Sky'. 

The Dutch premiere of The Church of the Open Sky will be preceded by two short films introducing two other special characters. Blackboy about Deni Firdaus from Batu Keras (Java), directed by Nathan Myers and Cattu about Ilaria Morresi from Fuertaventura, directed by Mauro Ladu.

Saturday 19: 19:00 – 20:30
Sunday 20: 14:00 – 15:30


free jazz vein and more ..

Few directors have mastered the genre of surf porn like Tin Ojeda. With his last film ‘Expencive Porno Movie’ there is also no point in denying that .. Shooting primarily on 16mm film Tin keeps turning surfing into visual art on the screen. The rest of the program we will keep a secret, but trust us: it will be good!


Saturday 19: 19:00 – 20:30
Sunday 20: 14:00 – 15:30


north shore 30th anniversary

A Hollywood surf classic with an iconic cast, including some of the best surfers of all time.
We thought is was worth celebrating together by putting it on a big screen.

Before entering art school, Rick Kane sets out to surf the big wave season on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii, after winning a surfing contest in an Arizona wave pool by his home. Once in Hawaii, he immediately finds out that he knows nothing about the local habits, customs, or pecking order which cause him some starting problems. After being robbed by the local surf gang, he has a chance meeting with famous surfboard shaper Chandler, and after figuring out they have an artistic connection, Chandler offers Rick a place to sleep and something to eat. Chandler teaches him how to "read" the big waves and the difference between 'soul surfers' and those who surf for fame and money. He also manages to get the attention of a beautiful young native, which further stirs the pot with the "locals" but in the end gives him the courage and determination to take what he has learned from Chandler and surf the big waves like he had dreamed he could.
Directed by William Phelps

Saturday 19: 23:00 – 00:30


nervous laughter / one shot / grande

When winter swells collide with a chunk of reef off the north shore of Maui, massive waves up to 60 feet rise and crash to create the best big wave on earth. It’s called Peahi, or “Jaws,” and every year it attracts dozens of elite surfers from around the world to attempt the lethal wave. More and more, however, it’s the local crew that steals the show. An eclectic group childhood friends that followed each other into the Jaws lineup as teenagers, and through peer pressure and rivalries, pushed each other to unprecedented performances in the ensuing years. Then came the El Niño of 2016, which promised to serve up the largest swells in big-wave history. Follow the crew for an inside look at a season rife with nerves, injury, triumph and friendship. Directed by Dan Norkunas

We are really proud to also present One Shot featuring big wave water photographer Russel Ord:
Russell Ord wakes one morning in Margaret River, looks over the photos he’s spent a large part of his life capturing and is filled with an overpowering sense of dissatisfaction. The shots are good and have graced the covers of surfing magazines worldwide, but deep down Ord knows he didn’t walk away from a secure career as a fire fighter to just take “good” shots. He wants to go to bed at night knowing he’s taken that “one” shot, the one he'll remember not because of the surfer's name or reputation, but for the position he had to be in to capture it. But as a loving husband with three kids it’s not lost on him that the end goal, and that drive to have ‘his moment', isn’t going to come without sacrifice. Directed by Darren McCagh

Saturday 19: 21:00 – 23:00
Sunday 20: 15:30 – 17:30


under an arctic sky / lumiere / vacation island

Six surfers set sail along the frozen shores of Iceland, knowing that the worst storm to hit the country in twenty-five years is about to arrive. Enduring constant darkness and stormy seas, they discover perfect waves and make history by surfing under the northern lights. Directed by Chris Burkard

We are complimenting this film by two titles also shot by some of the greatest surf photographers on the planet. The result is a program of absolute stunning surfing shots from the crystal clear waters of Tahiti and the The North Shore to the black ice of Iceland. Lumiere by Tay Steele / Vacation Island by Morgan Maassen

Saturday 19: 21:00 – 22:30
Sunday 20: 15:30 – 17:00


Save The Waves Film Festival

Movies alone can’t change the world – but the people who watch them can.
Presenting aselection of documentaries and short films, including the awarded documentary Mas Afuera, sharing different stories connected with ocean and wave protection across the globe. Save The Waves Film Festival is presented together with Surfrider Foundation Holland and is there to inspire audiences to protect waves and coastlines across the world.

Saturday 19: 17:30 – 19:00
Sunday 20: 12:00 – 13:30



Given is the simple yet powerfully contemplative story of a unique family legacy come full circle. Told through the visceral experience of a 6 yr. old, Given follows legendary surfers Aamion and Daize Goodwin from their island home of Kauai through 15 different countries in the quest for surf and to fulfill a calling handed down through generations. Set in wave after wave of stunningly visual earthscapes, Given blooms into a tender yet stirring exploration of a young boy’s understanding of life through his familial bonds and their reverence for nature. Deeply moving, Given gives us the humbling contrast of a small voice voyaging through a big world as it finds its way home again. Directed by Jess Bianchi

Sunday 20: 12:00 – 13:30
Kids under 12 free entrance


biarritz surf gang

A documentary about the infamous locals from Biarritz' Grande Plage in the Eighties. A group of surfers that have impacted French surf history in a number of ways. Looking back on these times, with some great classical footage, and the times that came after .. Directed by Pierre  Denoyel et Nathan Curren

Saturday 19: 17:30 - 19:00

some practical info

How to get there?
FC Hyena is situated on the North side of the IJ. It is easily reachable from the Amsterdam CS train station by the 902 ferry to IJ-plein (free ride). It is about a 5 minute walk from there.
Coming by car? No problem. Street parking is still free. Parking on the site is paid (first 3 hours are free though).

Spending the night?
There is a campsite nearby for those who want to stay overnight with a campervan. 
And as basically everybody in Amsterdam has his place rented out on Airbnb, there really is no reason to go home. You may want to join us to the Skatecafe after hours ..