Event information reads: 7-9th November 2024, Riverside Studios, London, Surf / Film / Art / Culture

Step into the Black

The Shorties x Surfdome: Step into the Black // A film by Daniel Satchell

In colour psychology, black’s colour meaning is symbolic of mystery, power, elegance, and sophistication. In contrast, the colour meaning can also evoke emotions such as sadness and anger. Walking over the freezing pebbles at first light, amongst the darkness, you can just about make out the whites of breaking waves. The pier, so colourful and loud in the day, has now fallen silent and taken on a dark, sinister side. Only the ocean knows I am here, and even she makes me feel uninvited. Never the less, I put one foot forward and Step Into The Black.

Brighton’s Palace Pier might be an obvious tourist attraction but it is most certainly not an obvious surf break. It provides no shelter from the prevailing South Westerly wind and the constant movement of the Westerly swell is a relentless battle you will never end up winning. If you fail to keep a safe distance from the pier, you will inevitably end up pinned to one of its rusty, sharp, barnacle-ridden struts, or if you’re lucky, time it right and pass through, only to be washed half a mile down the beach. Despite all of these challenges, if you make it out back, the reward is sweet. This film is dedicated to the few who know.

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LOVE SURF MOVIES? Check out all the longlisted entries to the 2021 Shorties short film contest presented by Surfdome >>> HERE <<< Support your favourites by watching, enjoying and sharing the entries & giving them a vote by clicking on the button or Twitter icon above. Voting is open until 6th November.

Head to our Shorties Instagram post >> HERE << and spread the stoke by letting us know which Shorties are your favourites.

The Shorties x Surfdome

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 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’. It 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. We showcase the very best short films entries on the big screen as part of the festival. These shortlisted films are eligible for two prestigious awards presented by Surfdome: Shortie of the Year and Emerging Talent. And this year, marking the 10th Anniversary we are delighted to announce a £1000 filmmaking fund for the winning Shorties entry*.

10th Edition London Surf / Film Festival x Vans hosted 2-4 December 2021 at Genesis Cinema. See you there!

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To see this year’s full line up of films, hit the LINK

*The shortlisted and winning Shorties entries are decided on by our esteemed viewing panel as well as by the wider surfing world… you!  The public acts as one of our 10 jury members. You can vote for as many different films as you like, only one vote per film will be counted! Spread the surf movie love!