The 5th annual London Surf / Film Festival presented by Reef went down in a blaze of stoke. Hosted across the capital, across two weekends the festival brought to the UK the very best surf films from across the globe for a celebration of the cream of international surf culture. Bringing together waveriders from all four corners of the UK, the festival really has become a must attend for anyone with even a passing interest in surf culture.
2015 saw packed out screenings at iconic cinematic venues, an intimate gathering at east London’s 71a Gallery, the world’s best sausage sizzle and surf session hosted by Allpress Espresso, a gallery show of works from the UK’s leading artists presented by POW as well as talks from some of the planet’s most inspiring waveriders and filmmakers.
After 6 nights of screenings in the heart of the capital including 3 World Premieres, 3 European Premieres, 7 UK Premieres, 2 XXL winning big wave riders in the house – Chris Bertish and Paige Alms, our favourite adventure traveller Kepa Acero, surf photographer extraordinaire Tim Nunn, a special intro from Ben Weiland, a host of filmmaker Q+A’s, musicians, artisans, writers and the very best in art and culture lubricated by hundreds of pints of Sharp’s award winning ales, the results are in and the winners are:
LS/FF 2015 Best Film presented by REEF: Uncharted Waters Dir. Craig Griffin
LS/FF 2015 Best Documentary presented by POW: Uncharted Waters Dir. Craig Griffin
LS/FF 2015 Best Cinematography presented by Allpress: The Search For Freedom Dir. Jon Long
LS/FF 2015 Best British Film Presented by Carve: Freezing Dir. Rob Lockyear + Jeremy Joyce
LS/FF 2015 Yeeeeew Factor Presented by Sharp’s: Attractive Distractions Dir. Dan Norkunas
LS/FF 2015 Spirit of the Festival Presented by Approaching Lines: Fish Dir. Joseph Ryan
LS/FF 2015 Viewers Choice Presented by Xcel Wetsuits: Freezing Dir. Rob Lockyear + Jeremy Joyce
Best International Short Presented by Magicseaweed: El Chino Dir. Max Esposito
LS/FF 2015 Shortie of the Year Presented by REEF: Winter Glow Dir. Kev L Smith
LS/FF 2015 Shorties Emerging Talent: Party at Yours Dir. Jimmy Pinfield
LS/FF 2015 Panel’s Honourable Mention: Sean Collins – The Ripple Effect Dir. Peter Hamblin. “A unique and quality way of documenting a story of a brilliant pioneer. An informative, fascinating insight into something we all take for-granted and into a man who was clearly very respected. Fast-paced and factual, a very emotive ending. Fresh for the genre.” Lauren Davies
For a taster of what went down on the first weekend:
Film: Lucy Lu // Music: Colin Macleod