Winning Shortie to get NY and Canadian premieres!
The London Surf / Film Festival, is stoked to announce that the winning entry to the 2011 London Surf / Film Festival ‘Shorties’ contest, presented by the National Trust will enjoy a New York Premiere hosted by SMASH, in addition to a Canadian Premiere, hosted by the Canadian Surf Film Festival.
“As longtime creative’s within the surf industry, we appreciate that it’s those ‘money can’t buy’ opportunities such as credible, international exposure that are key to making the step up within the industry and springboarding talent onto the world stage,” says Festival Director Chris Nelson. “Building on one of the London Surf / Film Festival’s core aims of supporting and showcasingg British and Irish movie-making talent, we are excited to offer the winning entry to the Shorties short film contest the opportunity to have their work screened at some of the most credible surf culture events across the planet, in front of some of waveriding’s most influential names.”
SMASH are America’s most exciting surf culture promoters, and LS/FF have teamed up with them to build on our core aim of supporting up and coming British and Irish movie making talent, offering creative’s an awesome platform for their work, in front of some of waveriding’s most influential names.
The winning Shortie will also get a premiere at the 2012 Canadian Surf Film Festival. The CSFF takes place in the fall in Halifax, Nova Scotia and last years event saw over 2,500 people attend over the course of the event.
“Surf Films have been the medium that has constantly defined and changed what it means to be a surfer,” explains SMASH co-founder Tyler Breuer. “They play a vital role in how we, as surfers, perceive ourselves and how we ride waves. Over the years screenings of films have been equally important acting as an intersection where surfers can gather, commune and pass on traditions and stoke. The London Surf / Film Festival is able to give filmmakers a platform to show their work to a live audience, where the traditions of surfing can be passed down and the stoke shared. Short film contests like The Shorties are important for nurturing new talent and inspiring veterans to push the envelope of creativity and to constantly re-examine our surf culture and what it means to them and give us all a new vantage point of what surfing is and can be.”
“SMASH and the LS/FF are cut from the same mold,” says Tyler. “We believe that there is something special about surfing culture, the creative people who document it and those of us participating in it. We believe that there is a unique bond and aesthetic that we share and that the LS/FF will be an incredible event that will bring together a unique and diverse cross section of our surfing culture. SMASH is proud to be a partner of the LS/FF and is looking forward to working together to promote excellence and stoke in surfing culture.”