People all over the world are coming up with increasingly-creative ways to keep us feeling connected and stimulated, even if many of us are isolated in our homes. The latest case in point: The Lockdown Surf Film Festival.SURFER MAGAZINE
As a response to the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic, lockdowns and self isolation, we wanted to quickly create an online event to unite the global surf community, to support surfers and creatives and to keep the stoke fires going.
Founded by Chris Nelson & Demi Taylor
Launched Friday 27th March 2020, Lockdown Surf x Film Festival created a free, rolling, online festival & celebration of surf culture. This remote festival curated a handpicked line up of the very best films, available free, online for 24hrs in an event screening, accompanied by talks and Q+A’s with the filmmakers.
Keeping the creativity rolling The Found Footage Files short film competition provided an outlet for filmmakers, and celebrated breathing new life into archive footage, while the Surf Cinema Re-Seen was a creative brief for artists.
We wanted to create a space to help the surf community through what might be a long period of life on hold. From ideation, design, build and delivery in one week, Approaching Lines launched this international online festival to celebrate the very best of contemporary surf culture.
Lockdown Surf Film Festival is a community event for surfers and surf creatives.
A remote surf culture happening Lockdown Surf Film Festival delivered a rolling, evolving festival. We were delighted to be working with the most exciting and relevant filmmakers and creatives from across the globe to host a series of free film screenings. Alongside screenings a series of intimate filmmaker interviews were produced featuring directors and talent, hosted by surf culture luminaries including Smash Surf’s Tyler Breuer, Surf Splendor’s David Scales, Looking Sideways host Matt Barr and AL’s very own Chris Nelson.
Alongside the international programme, we established The Found Footage Files – a short film competition about showcasing the creativity that exists in surfing. Many of our filmmaking community had projects on hold due to lockdown restrictions. Filmmakers were invited to enter a short film 1-5 minutes in length using old, found footage from their files, repurposed into something shiny and new that we could share with the global waveriding family. The twelve best films were showcased HERE
We produced the Lockdown Surf Film Festival with help and support of our international network of surf creatives.
These are unprecedented times. Self-isolation. Surf bans. Lockdowns. So, the fine folk over at London Surf / Film Festival have assembled a motley crew from all corners of the surfing world, to bring you the Lockdown Surf Film Festival.Jason Lock, Editor Magicseaweed