Organisers of Ireland’s Shore Shots surf and adventure festival have just announced their line-up for 2017, shaping up for what looks like one hell of a party on the Wild Atlantic Way.
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All the latest surf movies are there and this year the bill's been expanded to include talks and interviews, installations, live music, DJs and the obligatory pub trail around some of the finest bars in Ireland. For the second year, the event will take place at The Model in Sligo.
It was last year that magicseaweed gate-crashed Shore Shots, springing a $20,000 check on Noah Lane for winning our Winter Sessions competition out of hundreds of entrants.
The highlight for most people at Shore Shots is the infamous edits competition - a rowdy, fun and action-packed night at the cinema where every surfer worth their salt in the UK and Ireland meets up to showcase their latest video work from the last season and shout, laugh and cry as they watch the heroics and drama go down on the big screen.
It has just been revealed that a major prize is up for grabs for the Best Overall Irish Edit under 10 minutes in the Irish Shorts section. Shore Shots have hooked up with The Perfect Wave to offer one videographer and one surfer a boat trip for 7 days to the Maldives. The judges will be looking for cinematography, surfing style, camera angles, music, narrative and the reaction from the audience.
Other prizes will include tickets to Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival, brand new boards, Surf Ears, Passenger Clothing, Dry Robes, Tullamore Dew Whiskey and more.
Chris Case from Fish Farm TV scooped the top prize at the shorts in 2016 with Of Viking Minds, a cinematic feast of marauding Celtic waves that are both menacing and exhilarating to behold.
Cold, big and gnarly on the big screen, it was kept offline to feature at various film festivals over the past 12 months. Now as a teaser for the next Shore Shots, we have it here in all its glory featuring a who’s who of heroes on the Irish scene.
Chris said: “It was such an honour for me to be able to take a prize at Shore Shots. It’s such an epic event and really great to see the whole community get together under one roof.”
Outside the edits competition, Shore Shots 2017 has talks and presentations from the likes of Tim Nunn, Andrew Cotton, Matt Smith, Willy Aliotti, Easkey Britton the aforementioned Peter Conroy and a few more surprises yet to be announced.
Photographer Ian Mitchinson will be exhibiting some of his work and he’s sent us a few teasers for inclusion in this article.
For the filmmakers, creatives and anyone looking for bit of inspiration, they’ve also got a new Discovery room for interviews with the likes of filmmaker Brendan Canty (he directed THAT Hozier video), street artist James Earley, journalist Jim Carroll, hiphop pioneers All City Records, mega artist Dorothy Cross, men’s health charity Movember, food waste campaigners Food Cloud and more.
If you’re feeling adventurous, they’ve also laid on Sunday morning kayak tours, yoga, surf tuition and hiking tours with local tour operators in the North West.
Festival Director Aidan Ellis said: “We moved the festival to Sligo a year ago so that we could really showcase all the adventures and creativity that Ireland has to offer.
“We’ve got an amazing venue at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way so it’s a perfect starting point for anyone looking to escape the city with a road trip or surf mission to the north west of Ireland.
“We’ve done our best to look after the surfers with all the latest movies on the big screen but we’re also making an effort to reach out beyond Ireland and show people what the west coast has to offer in terms of designers, thinkers, businesses and pioneers living and working on our coast.
“Sligo is such an exciting place to be right now with so many people moving their work here to enjoy the Wild Atlantic Way lifestyle. It’s got music, arts, technology and creativity all in one place but you can also jump out for a surf or hike just five minutes from your door.”
Another new element to this year’s festival is the music and design room. Print studio Damn Fine Print will be live screenprinting inside the venue while singer David Kitt will close out the festival on Sunday night with some music from his new album.
Accommodation in the town is filling up fast so head to GoStrandhill.com for places to stay and make sure to grab a ticket for the festival before they’re all gone. Tickets for the two-day event are €60 with limited Early Bird tickets still available. For more details go HERE.
Filme showing throughout Shore Shots include; Red Chargers, It Ain't Pretty, The Accord, Left in Lagos, Peninsula Mitre, Risky Business, Dirty Old Wedge, The Persistance of Hope and many more.
Cover shot, Nic Von Rupp at Mullaghmore by Ian Mitchinson