Posted by LSFF on November 10, 2022 | News, Uncategorized

Facing Monsters Dir. Bentley Dean // UK Premiere: LS/FF 26 November 2022

Multi award-winning Facing Monsters Dir. Bentley Dean // UK Premiere: LS/FF Saturday 26 November 2022

We’ve just dropped the line up for the 11th Annual LS/FF hosted 25 November – 2nd December 2022. And it’s going to be pretty special if we do say so ourselves!

From over 100 submissions, we’ve assembled a handpicked programme of the very best films from across the globe – hotly anticipated premieres, award winning features and independent films – that represent the pinnacle of contemporary surfing in the here and now. From duelling with savage slabs at the outer limits of human endurance, and seeking out new waves and new hope on the frigid fringes, to Lauren Hill’s exploration of the physics of noseriding, it’s about serving up fresh perspectives and new line-ups.

There are documentaries to inspire, travelogues to stir the wanderlust as well as cinematography and surfing that redefine the bounds of possibility. Accompanied by Q+A’s and ‘Audiences with…’ some of the world’s most relevant surfers and exciting creatives including chargers Balaram Stack and Tom Lowe, surf explorer Kepa Acero, game changing filmmakers including Ben Gulliver, Mikey Corker, Lewis Arnold, plus many special guests, this is a true celebration of the cream of surf culture.

We’re bringing to the UK a whole host of premieres, but it’s always about more than that. It’s about the people, the places, the gathering together and the sharing of stories, ideas and stoke.

For many of the movies we screen, the festival will be the only chance to watch them as they were intended to be enjoyed – on the big screen, accompanied by a packed crowd of likeminded folk – the original “social media” experience… you’re not going to want to miss this.

Tickets are on sale now priced from £10 – £12.50. Evening passes: £20 include entry to a whole night of films plus a free beer from our friends at Sharp’s… and a few exclusive goodies! Evening passes are limited, always sell out and when they’re gone, they’re gone.

11th Edition LS/FF

25th – 26th NovemberRiverside Studios, W6 >> TICKETS

30th November – Allpress Dalston >> TICKETS

2nd DecemberGenesis, East London, E1 >> TICKETS


FRIDAY 25th NOV, Riverside Studios // SESSION 1 // 6.45pm

SAVAGE WATERS Dir. Mikey Corker

LONDON PREMIERE: Multi award winning documentary. Renowned skipper, Matt Knight with his family of surf adventurers and big wave charger Andrew Cotton set sail through uncharted waters in pursuit of a mythical wave. When life-threatening challenges test the tight knit crew, will they find what they’re looking for? With stunning cinematography, this is a must-see tale of courage, exploration and inspiration in equal measure.

Accompanied by a very special Q+A

Showing with: SHORTIES shortlisted film First Light Stillness Dir. Bella Bunce Beth Leighfield surfs the Kernow dawn.


FRIDAY 25th NOV, Riverside Studios // SESSION 2 // 9.00pm 

ISLAND X Dir: Ben Weiland

EUROPEAN PREMIERE: From multi award-winning filmmaker Ben Weiland, comes this much anticipated expedition to surfing’s frigid Alaskan fringes. Renowned photographer Mark McInnis sets out on a gruelling mission in search of inspiration and undiscovered waves in the violent, unpredictable Bering Sea accompanied by cold water charger Pete Devries, Noah Wegrich, and Josh Mulcoy. What they discover is more than they could have imagined.

Showing with: TASGAOUDRAR Dir. Felix Gänsicke Prod. Ayoub Abouizza

UK PREMIERE: An exploration of the Berber saying, Tasgaoudrar, ‘behind the mountains’, a synonym for those who have found themselves without reason and through surfing find passion, friendship and devotion for a deeper meaning in life.

Showing with: OTHER LAND Dir. Alice Rosaline Ward

UK PREMIERE: Aussie charger Vittoria Farmer journeys through the raw landscape Ireland, experiencing the Atlantic Ocean and its ever changing elements for the first time.

Showing with: SHORTIES shortlisted film Modulation Dir. Tom Rodwell Futuristic animation.


SATURDAY 26th NOV, Riverside Studios // SESSION 1 // 7.00pm

THE BIG SEA Dir. Lewis Arnold

SPECIAL PREVIEW SCREENING: From award winning filmmaker Lewis Arnold and critically acclaimed writer Chris Nelson comes this visually arresting and ground-breaking surf documentary, set to shake up and wake up the surfing world. The price of the perfect wave is greater than you think… 

Accompanied by a very special Q+A

Showing with: THE PHYSICS OF NOSERIDING Dir. Lauren Hill.

EUROPEAN PREMIERE: The noseride is an iconic surfing move, part fluid dynamics, part magic. Acclaimed surfer, writer and noserider Lauren Hill explores what makes this suspension between sea and sky even possible.

Showing with: RAW Dir. Aljaz Babnik.

UK PREMIERE: How do we de-construct the way we have been conditioned, and build a new perception? An award winning short featuring the sublime skills of Ambre-Victoire.


SATURDAY 26th NOV, Riverside Studios // SESSION 2 // 8.55pm


UK PREMIERE: Kerby Brown goes in pursuit of mutant waves within the unridden realms of the ferocious Southern Ocean. This multi-award winning documentary explores just how far he is willing to go and what he’s willing to put on the line, while chasing dreams and attempting to out-run demons. Heart in the mouth waveriding and stunning cinematography make this an absolute must-see.

Showing withSHORTIES shortlisted film Amble Dir. Seth Hughes Feat. Izzy Henshaw


WEDNESDAY 30th NOV, Allpress Dalston >> TICKETS

NATURAL HIGH Dir. Jack Coleman

Join us for a special night of surf, stories and cinema including the European Premiere of Jack Coleman’s much anticipated new opus featuring the stylings of Steph Gilmore, Ryan Burch, Bryce Young, Derrick Disney. Exuding style and true soul with standout sessions, stunning cinematography and sumptuous soundtrack.  PLUS legendary surf explorer Kepa Acero is in the house to talk about his latest exploits and present VONA Dir. Clint Davis -following Kepa to Turkey. 


FRIDAY 2nd DEC, The Genesis Cinema // SESSION 1 // 7.00pm

HAIL MARY Dir. Ben Gulliver

EUROPEAN PREMIERE: This biopic of stand-out charger Balaram Stack is sumptuous, cinematic and jaw dropping in equal measure. The hotly anticipated feature from multi-award winning Ben Gulliver follows Balaram from his early boyhood in New York through to baptisms by fire in the hurricane swells of East Coast USA and the cavernous cauldrons of Teahupoo, Pipeline and beyond.

Accompanied by a very special Q+A

Showing with: AMYGDALA Dir. Clem McInerney.

WORLD PREMIERE: This gloriously shot ode to friendship, features sumptuous cinematography, mind bending Irish waves and physics defying feats of water photography.

SHORTIES shortlisted film TURAS Dir. Lewis Arnold

Featuring Mark Boyd at home deep in Scottish barrels.

SHORTIES shortlisted film JAYCE ROBINSON Dir. Pontus Palsson

Featuring Jayce Robinson scoring in Kernow.


FRIDAY 2nd DEC, The Genesis Cinema // SESSION 2 // 8.50pm

ARNOW Dir. Jack Whitefield

WORLD PREMIERE: A stylised and stylish cinematic portrait of enigmatic big wave surfer Tom Lowe. From unlikely beginnings in a small, Cornish fishing town to charging some of the biggest waves in the world – just who is Tom Lowe and what drives him?

Accompanied by a very special Q+A

Showing with: HUNROS JORNA Dir. Mickey Smith and Allan Wilson.

Multi award-winning experimental Cornish language film from celebrated duo Mickey Smith & Allan Wilson of ‘Dark Side of the Lens’ fame. Featuring Gwenno Saunders.

Showing with: TWIN Dir. Roger Sharp.

WORLD PREMIERE: Forged in Cornish waters, Markie Lascelles is just as at home in a Mentawai’s barrel as he is in his shaping bay, combining knowledge passed down in his DNA from his legendary shaper dad ‘Chops’ with his own blend of Kernow magic.

SHORTIES shortlisted film WORSHIP Dir. Adam Norris

One year, two counties, charting some of the UK’s best surfers in the South West.