The O’Neill Aotearoa Surf Film Festival Screening Panel is comprised of a collection of kiwi surf legends, with a recognised passion for surfing. Their backgrounds cover a wide ranging spectrum from the worlds of surfing and media. The screening panel will vote on those short film entries to be entered into the festival. So without further ado here is the ASFF 2019 festival panel.
CRAIG LEVERS – PHOTOGRAPHER
Craig is one of the ASFF’s founding judges. He is an international award winning photographer and one of NZ’s most well known Surf Photogs under his initials CPL. In 2008 Craig started publishing books under the name Photo CPL Media, there have been 5 hardcover books made, PhotoCPL, The Beached As books, The South Seas and Warren Hawke’s NZ Surf. Before 2008 Craig was New Zealand Surfing Magazine’s Editor’n’Chief for 8 years. He was the magazine’s Senior Photographer for 15 years [1993-2008]. During this time the title reached all time readership and revenue heights. Craig was a part of Surf Magazines’ [worldwide] golden years.
JONATHAN SMIT – FILMMAKER / PHOTOGRAPHER
Jono is a super talented filmmaker and photographer from Christchurch. During weekends you’ll find him at weddings and during the week he’ll be at the beach or drinking coffee with the other unemployed folk. Jono won the ASFF Best NZ Film in 2016 with his film ‘These Waters’. We are pleased to welcome him on board our judging panel for 2018 to help select some creative, progressive surf films for the festival lineup.
GAVIN BISMAN – OLD DAD, SURFER, SURF RACONTEUR
Gav has been in and around the NZ surf industry for over 13yrs and is the guy you hear doing the surf report for GeorgeFM every morning. He’s an Intl Head Judge at surf comps, he’s an MC at surf events. He’s worked for and alongside a number of the major surf companies, he’s contributed to surf magazines and online surf sites. He is an Ambassador for 08004MAUIS and is an active marine & surf environmentalist. Gav is the guy that “works the network” within the surf community and greater community to try and help make sure surfing is supported in NZ. And he’s never shy to shoot the shit over a coffee. If he’s not working on surfing, he’s surfing. That’s Gav.
AMBER JONES – PHOTOGRAPHER / VIDEOGRAPHER
Amber Jones grew up on the East Coast in Hawkes Bay where her affinity for the ocean was planted. She has worked in advertising in Auckland, honing her photography & video skills and now has gone freelance and placed roots in Tairua where she regularly free-dives and surfs and captures the underwater locals in their habitat whether they be human or animal. She believes in the importance of education with her storytelling with her ethos being “Adventure with a purpose”