LS/FF 2015 Submissions Open

2015 London Surf / Film Festival presented by REEF submissions open

We’re stoked to announce that submissions are now open open for the 2015 London Surf / Film Festival presented by REEF, the UK’s largest celebration of international surf culture.

“This year marks the 5th Edition of the London Surf / Film Festival,” says LS/FF Director Chris Nelson. “We’re inviting independent filmmakers from across the globe to submit their films for consideration for this year’s festival programme. Surf culture is wide open to creative interpretation and we welcome films that explore all aspects and angles of surfing, through the filmmaking genres. There is a great tradition of story telling within surfing and as always our focus is on those films that shine a new light on our culture whether through narrative, cinematography, soundtrack or surfing.” Deadline for submissions is 23rd August.

Selected features will be premiered across the capital this Autumn in a showcase of the very best in British and international surfing. “Over the last 5 years we’re stoked to have worked with some of the most exciting and relevant creatives to bring to the UK outstanding independent filmmaking from both leading lights and emerging talents, premiering hotly anticipated films as well as underground hits,” says Chris. “We’re already stoked on the prospect of what’s to come for London Surf / Film Festival 2015.”

Features will be considered by the Screening Panel – comprised of experts from within the worlds of surfing, filmmaking and media – for prestigious awards including: Best Film, Best Documentary, Best Cinematography, Best Soundtrack, Yeeeew! Factor, Spirit of the Festival and will be eligible for the Viewer’s Choice, as voted for by the knowledgeable London Surf / Film Festival audience.

'Stephanie in the Water' UK Premiere. (L to R: WSL charger Laura Enever, Manager Whitney Gilmore, Editor Isabel Freeman, Director Ava Warbrick, Neon Wetsuis founder Elsie Pinniger, 5x world champion Stephanie Gilmore, Creative Director Demi Taylor)

‘Stephanie in the Water’ UK Premiere. (L to R: WSL charger Laura Enever, Manager Whitney Gilmore, Editor Isabel Freeman, Director Ava Warbrick, Neon Wetsuis founder Elsie Pinniger, 5x world surf champion Stephanie Gilmore, LS/FF Creative Director Demi Taylor)

“Last year was our biggest festival ever,” explains LS/FF Creative Director Demi Taylor. “Hosted in East London we brought four nights of pure stoke and the very best independent surf films from around the globe to the UK producing a packed programme that included 2 World Premieres, 2 European Premieres and 5 UK Premieres and host a raft of filmmakers, writers, creatives and surfers in attendance including 6 times world champion Stephanie Gilmore, directors Ava Warbrick, Marion Poieau, Peter Hamblin, Ian Thomson and Oli Adams plus authors Tim Baker, Lauren Davies and Tom Anderson as well as artist Mooty, surf photographer Tim Nunn and musicians Stringer Bessant who treated us to an exclusive set on opening night. We’re looking forward to building on that and curating another exciting line up of movies and shorts, alongside the very best in surf culture including filmmaker Q&A’s, workshops, live performances, gallery shows and more.”

For details on how to submit click HERE

Image: Ben Skinner takes the high line at the Reef Single Fin Classic Invitational, Fistral // credit: Martin Jackson

For a taster of LS/FF 2014, hit the link above. Thanks to Lucy Jane Films for the edit.