The London Surf Film Festival is devoted to finding and celebrating those practitioners who still see surf filmmaking as an art-form. In the digital world, quantity can sometimes displace narrative or cinematography, but each entry into this event demonstrates the passion and talent which still thrives. The festival has run, the winners selected, and the organisers are brimming with stoke, as if they'd just scored perfect empty Cloudbreak.
“This has been an exciting year for surf filmmaking on both a global and national scale,” says Festival Director Chris Nelson. “We hosted four nights of packed out screenings, including some 16 premieres, showcasing the very best in international filmmaking to an amped and knowledgeable audience. We were stoked to screen such a diverse programme of inspiring, independent films and to host so many great Q&A’s – huge thanks to all the talented filmmakers whose work we showcased this year and to those who attended the festival.
"It has also been fantastic to see British filmmakers delivering such outstanding projects across the board and receiving some serious recognition for their work.” After four nights of packed screenings, 16 premieres, filmmaker talks, 100′s of pints of Skinners’s ‘El Choppo’, live shaping, plus the very best in surf arts and culture."
Best Film: This Time Tomorrow – Taylor Steele
Best Documentary: Learning to Breathe - Rocky Romano
Best Cinematography: The Salt Trail - Mark Waters
Viewers Choice Awards, presented by Oakley: Bella Vita – Jason Baffa
Best British Film: The Salt Trail – Mark Waters
The Shorties Short Film Contest, presented by Reef: Sea Fever – Tim Davies
Shorties Emerging Talent: Ornella Hawthorn Gardez
Best International Short: Step’N'Soul – Toma Jablon
The Yeeeew Factor Award: The Fortune Wild – Ben Gulliver
The Spirit of the Festival Award: Vanlife – Crayfish Films
Honorable Mention: Hangs Upon Nothing – Jeremy Rumas