London Surf Film Festival Winners

British Surfing's Oscar

British Surfing's Oscar

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."

Kepa Acero presenting his creation.

Kepa Acero presenting his creation.

The Results

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