Waiting For Fish

The Shorties x Northcore: Waiting For Fish // Dir. Ewan Thacker

Born from an observation and a pencil sketch, “Waiting for Fish” is a life-size bronze sculpture by polymath Holly Bendall created to raise awareness around the impacts of overfishing on our communities and marine life. The sculpture has been given a home at Porthleven harbour.

“Holly can surf, skate, bmx, snowboard among many other talents but her artwork/sculpting really is a unique expression of moral and emotional observation. Watching, waiting, sketching. Holly captures the everyday fleeting instant and freezes it so that we can experience what she did in that moment. This short is simply an observation of Holly and what makes her tick.” Ewan Thacker

Waiting for Fish a full sized bronze sculpture by Holly Bendall

Waiting for Fish a full sized bronze sculpture created by Holly Bendall that rests on the harbour at Porthleven. Still from a film by Ewan Thacker


Watch all the longlisted entries to The Shorties 2023 x Northcore >>> HERE <<< Support your favourites by sharing the films & voting for them by clicking on the button or Twitter icon above. Voting is open until 5 November.

The very best shorts will be showcased on the big screen as part of LS/FF 2023 presented by Finisterre hosted 23 – 25 November at The Riverside Studios. These shortlisted films are eligible for two prestigious awards: Shortie of the Year presented by Northcore and Emerging Talent with a £500 filmmaking fund for the winner*.

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

The Shorties

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 in 2011 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. Learn more.

London Surf / Film Festival 2023

12th Edition London Surf / Film Festival hits 23 – 25 November at The Riverside Studios  bringing to the UK the very best of contemporary surf 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 screening 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! The Shortie of the Year will be awarded £500.

Holly Bendall, Waiting for Fish / A film by Ewan Thacker

Holly Bendall, Waiting for Fish / A film by Ewan Thacker