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


The Shorties x Surfdome: Translate // A film by Rebecca Smith

Translate is the first release and title theme from CJ Mirra’s soundtrack to the audio-visual free-surfing experiment and movie, Translate, the latest collaboration with visionary director Chris McClean.  For this video Rebecca Smith from Urban Projections re-interpreted footage from the original film to create this beautiful piece.

“The original film footage is incredibly powerful, but amazingly delicate and elegant. It encapsulates the beauty and interconnectedness of us with the natural world; I really wanted to reflect this in a very digital way,” explains Rebecca Smith. “Much of my work juxtaposes these values with an overtly digital aesthetic. I played with creating wave studies from particles, taking the idea that one single point has a ripple effect out to others.  This interconnectedness is something that really interests me. My aim was to encapsulate the feeling of power and beauty in the natural world, and reflect on our relationship with it.”

Strings: Robert M Thomas

Additional string arrangement & celeste: Ross Sampson

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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!