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The Shorties

London Surf / Film Festival Shorties: Short film contest celebrating the very best of British & Irish homegrown surf filmmaking - animation, drama, action, comedy, documentary, travelogue & more

Voting is now open for The Shorties 2017 


We’re stoked to reveal the 2017 London Surf / Film Festival Shorties longlist! This hotly contested category at the heart of the international festival celebrates the very best of British and Irish homegrown filmmaking talents.

We need your help in selecting the shorties to be screened at this year’s festival so we are asking you – the esteemed surfing community – to support your favourite films by watching and voting for them.

Click through HERE to check out the 19 incredible short films assembled from the very cream of British and Irish filmmaking talent that have made our long-list.

If you like what you see, please show your support by voting for your favourites.

Click on the Facebook or Twitter vote button to support for your choice or choices. The top films – decided by a combination of votes cast by the surf community and votes cast by the screening panel – will be shown on the big screen at this year’s LS/FF and will be up for the prestigious REEF Shortie of the Year Award as well as the London Surf / Film Festival Emerging Talent Award.

Voting is open now and will run until midnight 24th September.


Call Me Peg Leg Directed by Josh Hine // Winner London Surf / Film Festival Shortie of the Year 2016


Short films are a central pillar of modern surf culture, a creative outlet for sharing stories and inspiring stoke. Here at the London Surf / Film Festival presented by REEF we wanted to celebrate the short and give homegrown filmmaking talent a platform to bring their visions to the surf world so we established ‘The Shorties’ which has fast become one of the most prestigious short film competitions for surf filmmakers in the world.

While the main festival is a showcase for international filmmaking, The Shorties short film contest is open exclusively to filmmakers from or based in Britain and Ireland – from both leading lights and up and coming filmmakers.

Each year we’re stoked to showcase the very best short films entries on the big screen as part of the festival and these shortlisted films are eligible for prestigious awards including: Shortie of the Year and Emerging Talent.

Surfing and surf culture are wide open to interpretation so we welcome film entries of up to 5 minutes in length that explore all aspects and angles through documentary to animation and anything in between.

In this competition, it’s not about whether your waves are big or small, it’s about the way you chose to shoot them. Or don’t. After all there’s more than one way to tell a surf story…

If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration, see our past winners below and check out our thoughts on just what makes a great short film over on HUCK Magazine. We also have some great interviews with filmmakers about the art of filmmaking that you can check out in our RESOURCES.

LS/FF Shortie of the Year 2016: ‘Call Me Peg Leg’ Dir. Josh Hine

LS/FF Shortie of the Year 2015: ‘Winter Glow’ Dir. Kev L Smith

LS/FF Shortie of the Year 2014: ‘Out of the Black and Into the Blue’ Dir. Luke Pilbeam

LS/FF Shortie of the Year 2013: ‘Sea Fever’ from Tim Davies.

LS/FF Shortie of the Year 2012: ‘The Shaper’ from Crayfish Films (Rob Lockyear, Richard Pearn, Jeremy Joyce). In 2011 their short ‘Wreckers‘ was runner up in the LS/FF Shorties Contest.

LS/FF Shortie of the Year 2011: ‘Uncommon Ideals’ from Chris McClean and Mark Waters. ‘Uncommon Ideals has gone on to win countless accolades as well as being nominated for the Surfer Poll and the international Vimeo Awards in 2011.