Chris Nelson and Demi Taylor have been curating the London Surf Film Festival for only two years now – but already it has a rock solid reputation as one of the best places to see the creative heart of surf culture from all around the world. Over this time, what has been characteristic of the films they have drawn together is the offbeat creativity – the way that directors have reimagined the usual relationship between the surf and the surf film. Part of this has obviously a lot to do with the location. Being one of the major cities on the planet, London isn’t the first place in the world one associates with the whooping and hollering of surf film lore. And it’s just this gee-whizz, Cali-centric aspect that the LSFF eschews – though rest assured there has always been the requisite amount of barrel porn in Chris and Demi’s estimable collection.
“The LSFF has a rock solid reputation as one of the best places to see the creative heart of surf culture from all around the world.”
An increasingly important part of the festival is the ‘Shorties’ strand – in which five-minute films are screened and voted for. 2011’s Shorties winner Uncommon Ideals, directed by Chris McClean & Mark Waters, featured a voiceover scripted by writer and Project O contributor Dan Crockett. It’s typical of the flavour and feel of a winning LSFF film.
Here’s three of our favourites from this year’s Shorties selection:
Snoozer from 2011 winner Chris Mclean is a look at the pleasures and pitfalls of surfing England’s North East Coast
Edge, from Cornwall-based artist and erstwhile magazine editor Tony Plant is something completely different. And all the better for being so.
See the rest of the Shorties and vote for them on the LSFF website. The 2012 London Surf Film Festival runs between 11-14 October at London’s Riverside Studios.