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The Drifter - Rob Machado

The Drifter - Rob Machado


After being chosen as "Best Film" at the Ombak Bali International Surf Film Festival last August, The Drifter has now captured the "Best Film" title at the California Surf Film Festival, which took place in Oceanside, CA, in November. The Drifter, which was directed by Taylor Steele and inspired by Rob Machado's wanderings in Indonesia, faced stiff competition from a host of other amazing features.

"Having The Drifter being chosen as "Best Film" at the Ombak Film Festival was huge for us," Rob says. "Our goal with the film was to make Indonesia one of the characters, rather than just a place we went to film, so to receive that honor from the people of Indonesia was very validating. Winning in California was very special as well because it is where I am from and where I live, so to get that kind of recognition from the people I'm surrounded by feels really good."

The Drifter, which has screened at film festivals in New York, Hawaii, Canada, Brazil, Spain, South Africa, and Chile – has been accepted as an official entry into the X-Dance Actor Sports Film Festival, which is now celebrating 10 years of spotlighting the greatest action sports films from around the world. This year's festival will be held January 21st through the 26th in Salt Lake City, UT. In February, Rob will head to Panama and Brazil to kick off the South American release of The Drifter.

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