EUROPEAN PREMIERE: ISLAND X Dir. Ben Weiland
From multi award-winning filmmaker Ben Weiland, the much anticipated “Island X” is a journey to the edge of the surf map and beyond. After losing his entire life’s work in a fire, renowned photographer Mark McInnis assembles a team of surfers, well versed in the art of cold water surf expeditions, (Pete Devries, Noah Wegrich, and Josh Mulcoy). Sworn to secrecy, they set out on a gruelling mission in search of inspiration and undiscovered waves in the violent, unpredictable Bering Sea.
With the guidance of local native Alaskan—Ricardo Merculief—who had been surfing perfect, empty waves alone for over a decade by himself on his family’s ancestral land, they explore the potential of this remote island. What they find are world-class waves that challenge their understanding of what is possible in one of the harshest environments on the planet and fresh hope for a photographer who thought he’d lost it all. Exploration, epic waves, camaraderie and sheer stoke, Island X will have you packing your bags for your own expedition before the end credits even roll.
Showing with short films:
UK PREMIERE: TASGAOUDRAR Dir. Felix Gänsicke Prod. Ayoub Abouizza
An exploration of the Berber saying, Tasgaoudrar, ‘behind the mountains’. This beautiful tale is synonym for those who have grown up and found themselves without reason or affiliation and through surfing evoke passion, friendship and devotion for a deeper meaning in life. tasgaoudrar.com
UK PREMIERE: OTHER LAND Dir. Alice Rosaline Ward
Following the path of Aussie surfer Vittoria Farmer, as she journeys through the raw landscape and history of the West of Ireland, experiencing the Atlantic Ocean and the wild and ever changing elements for the first time.
Showing with: SHORTIES shortlisted film Modulation Dir. Tom Rodwell Futuristic animation.