Surf MoviesStay Home Cinema: Lockdown Surf Film Festival 

-Words by Mat Arney, images by Lockdown Surf Film Festival

These are unprecedented times. Self-isolation. Surf bans. Lockdowns.

With the COVID-19 crisis keeping surfers around the world out of the water and causing events to be cancelled, the surf community is being kept physically apart but digitally we are coming together like never before.

For many surfers, when they can’t surf, they find stoke and solace in films. The founders of London Surf / Film Festival, Demi Taylor and Chris Nelson, responded rapidly to the restrictions and lockdowns imposed in surfing nations around the world and launched the online Lockdown Surf x Film Festival to support our surf & creative communities across the globe, to keep the stoke fires burning.

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“Lockdown Surf x Film Festival is an online celebration of surf culture with community at its core. We’re stoked to be working with some of the finest filmmakers of our times to present a hand picked line up of the very best surf movies, in a series of remote, event screenings. It’s a rolling, evolving programme and each film will be available free, online for 24hrs and accompanied by talks, interviews and insights from the surfers and filmmakers who have generously shared their creative projects hosted by a raft of some of surfing’s finest cultural commentators and podcasters.”
Demi Taylor, Founder London Surf / Film Festival

This week they’re presenting Dirty Old Wedge (Dir: Tim Burham) on Friday 3rd April 7pm BST (2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific etc), available for 24hrs. The screening is accompanied by a Q+A with filmmakers Tim Burnham, Jack Murgatroyd & Edwin Eversole and The Boardroom Show’s Scott Bass.

Saturday 4th April (7pm BST for 24hrs) they’ve lined up Sorria from Dir Gabriel Novis to bring the stoke. They’ll be chatting to Gabriel about ‘Smile’, the film Surfing Magazine called, “high performance surfing with, well… a point”.

To keep the creativity flowing, They’ve also launched The Found Footage Files a short film contest celebrating old, archive footage. There’s a creative brief for artists, Surf Cinema Re-Seen, plus they’re lining up some Sofa Surf Sessions – music, talks, workshops, the surf quiz and more – for your delight.

Chris and Demi are collaborating with a network of surf creatives including Tyler Breuer (Swell Season Radio and founder NYSFF).

“We wanted to create a space and community to help everyone get through what might be a long period of life on hold. The filmmakers have been super kind to offer their movies to help keep the stoke fires burning at a time when getting in the ocean is out of reach for the vast majority of us.”
Chris Nelson, Founder London Surf / Film Festival

The Official Selection for Lockdown Surf Film Festival includes: Dirty Old Wedge, Nervous Laughter, The Perilous Sea, Sorria, La Ola Sin Fronteras, Here and Now, Zone Frequency, The Outrider, The Seawolf plus more to be announced.

It’s a rolling festival for the times we’re living in so the programme will be rolling with it.


On Instagram they’re going out through @londonsurffilfest

On Facebook they’re going out through @londonsurffilmfestival