The London Surf / Film Festival is proud to announce the National Trust as Presenting Partners for the first annual London Surf / Film Festival Shorties contest. “Short films are a central pillar of modern surf culture; a creative outlet for sharing stories and inspiring stoke,” says London Surf / Film Festival founding member, Demi Taylor. “As surfers, the environment and coastline are integral to our story. The National Trust works hard on our behalf to conserve and protect nearly 10 per cent of our coastline across England, Wales and Northern Ireland which is why we are thrilled to be working with the charity to present The Shorties short film contest.”
Open exclusively to surf filmmakers from or based in Britain and Ireland, The Shorties short film contest is a chance for home grown talents to flex their creative muscles on the world stage. Until 26th August filmmakers are invited to submit their 5 minute shorts that explore all aspects and angles of surfing and surf culture The best submissions will be selected for screening as part of the 2011 London Surf / Film Festival programme and judged in the category of Shortie of the Year by the official screening panel, comprised of some of the most influential names in surfing.
“We’re really stoked to be a part of the London Surf/ Film Festival. The Shorties is a great chance for home grown artists to showcase the beautiful island coastlines we live on,” says National Trust Water Sports Coordinator and former British pro surfer Robyn Davies. “We’re on the front row of a surfer’s daily life – managing some of the world’s most unique and important habitats in a 760 mile stretch of coastline. It’s huge work looking after such a mega play ground so before you wax up, dance, laugh and play on top of the crest come and lend a hand at your local spot. We’re here forever for everyone and it truly is time well spent! So see you on the front row…whether it be with pop corn or a spade in hand!” www.nationaltrust.org.uk
The London Surf / Film Festival 13-15 October 2011, hosted at London’s iconic Riverside Studios, the London Surf / Film Festival is the premier showcase for international surf filmmaking, bringing to the capital three nights of the surfing world’s hottest releases, independent features, short films, and UK premieres. Fusing together film, art, photography and commentary from waveriding’s most exciting creative’s, it is a celebration of the cream of contemporary surf culture. www.londonsurffilmfestival.com
Photo: Robyn Davies: National Trust Water Sports Coordinator and five time British women’s surf champion. Image: Sharpy