London Surf Festival gears up for fifth annual celebration
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 June, 2015 - London, England -Submissions are now open for the 2015 London Surf / Film Festival - a celebration of the very best in contemporary surf culture.
“2015 marks the 5th Edition of the London Surf / Film Festival and we’re stoked to invite independent filmmakers from across the globe to submit their films for consideration for this year’s festival programme,” says LS/FF Director Chris Nelson. “Surf culture is wide open to creative interpretation and we welcome films that explore all aspects and angles of surfing, through the genres. There is a great tradition of story telling within surfing and as always our focus is on those films that shine a new light on our culture whether through narrative, cinematography, soundtracks or surfing.” Deadline for submissions is 23rd August.
Selected features will be premiered across the capital this Autumn in a showcase of the very best in British and international surfing.
Ladies at the premiere for Stephanie in the Water, alongside the film's star © LSFF
“Over the last 5 years we’ve been lucky enough to have worked with some of the most exciting and relevant surf filmmakers to bring to the UK outstanding independent filmmaking from both leading lights and emerging talents, premiering hotly anticipated films as well as underground hits,” says Chris. “We’re already stoked on the prospect of what’s to come for London Surf / Film Festival 2015.
Features will be considered by the Screening Panel – comprised of experts from within the worlds of surfing, filmmaking and media – for prestigious awards including: Best Film, Best Documentary, Best Cinematography, Best Soundtrack, Yeeeew! Factor, Spirit of the Festival and will be eligible for the Viewer’s Choice, as voted for by the knowledgeable London Surf / Film Festival audience.
Alongside a curated line up of screenings, LS/FF will be hosting the popular Q+A sessions, conversations and workshops with directors, producers and waveriders of note allowing the audience to get closer to the action and meet the legends of screen and surf as well a packed programme of exciting happenings around the festival.
“Last year was our biggest festival ever,” explains LS/FF Creative Director Demi Taylor. “We brought four nights of pure stoke and the very best independent surf films from around the globe to the UK producing a packed programme that included 2 World Premieres, 2 European Premieres and 5 UK Premieres and host a raft of filmmakers, writers, creatives and surfers in attendance including 6 times world champion Stephanie Gilmore, directors Ava Warbrick, Marion Poieau, Peter Hamblin, Ian Thomson and Oli Adams plus authors Tim Baker, Lauren Davies and Tom Anderson as well as artist Mooty, surf photographer Tim Nunn and musicians Stringer Bessant who treated us to an exclusive set on opening night.
We’re looking forward to building on that and curating another exciting line up of movies and shorts, alongside the very best in surf culture including filmmaker Q&A’s, workshops, live performances, gallery shows and more”