These are unprecedented times. Self-isolation. Surf bans. Lockdowns. So, the fine folk over at London Surf / Film Festival have hastily assembled a motley crew from all corners of the surfing world, to bring you the Lockdown Surf x Film Festival.
Lockdown Surf x Film Festival is a free, online celebration of surf culture with community at its core and will present a hand picked line up of the very best surf movies, in a series of event screenings. The films will be available free, online for 24hrs and accompanied by talks, interviews and insights from the surfers and filmmakers who have generously shared their creative projects with us.
First screening is The Seawolf directed Ben Gulliver presented Saturday March 28 at 7pm GMT (3pm Eastern, 12noon Pacific), available for 24hrs. There will be a Q&A with Ben online before the screening.
To keep the creativity flowing, the team has launched The Found Footage Files a short film contest celebrating old, archive footage. There’s a creative brief for artists Surf Cinema Re-Seen plus they're lining up some Sofa Surf Sessions – music, talks, workshops, the surf quiz and more - for your delight.
The festival is the brainchild of London Surf / Film Festival founders Chris Nelson and Demi Taylor who are collaborating with a network of surf creatives including Tyler Breuer (Swell Season Radio and founder NYSFF) and Sancho Rodriguez (San Sebastian Surfilmfestibal).
“We wanted to create a space and community to help everyone get through what might be a long period of life on hold,” explains Chris. “The filmmakers have been super kind to offer their movies to help keep the stoke fires burning at a time when getting in the ocean is out of reach for the vast majority of us.”
The Official Selection for Lockdown Surf Film Festival includes: Dirty Old Wedge, Nervous Laughter, The Perilous Sea, Sorria, La Ola Sin Fronteras, Zone Frequency, Here and Now, The Outrider, The Seawolf plus more to be announced.
It’s a rolling festival for the times we’re living in so the programme will be rolling with it. Head HERE more info.