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 2017 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.
RICHARD HODDER – PHOTOGRAPHER
Richard has a strong love for the ocean and after battling though a career in finance and sales in the first half of his 20’s, he decided to follow his passions to allow for more time in the water than ever before. Photography has taken over and most of his spare time is now being consumed by surf, adventure and travel. He’s constantly on the mission and has a fond love for documenting surf adventures. He is well known for posting visually pleasing photos of his adventures on instagram under the alias @inthedrink and had his first solo photography exhibition that sold out following on from a journey to the Four Corners of New Zealand in 2015.
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.