It seemed that deciding on just one film that deserved the prestigious title of ‘Best Film’ at the International Surf Film Festival this year proved too much for the panel to decide on and, in a surprising turn of events, the award was split between two entries.
Press Release: This year, the jury’s deliberations were more than heated. “It could have ended in a fight,” jokes Wilco Prins, President of the Jury. More than two hours of discussions took place before all seven members of the jury agreed on a winner.
And a big surprise, and a first for this festival, the Best Film Prize was awarded not to one film, but to two films: 80 e Tal, and Biarritz Surf gang. “It was impossible for us to decide between them, the two films brilliantly dealt with the same subject; the historical link of surfing in their own country (Brazil and France), with the same work of writing, editing and music.” Explained the president of the Jury. It is a real first for the festival, which, after verification, had already taken place at the Cannes Film Festival. So why not in Anglet?
To warm this ceremony from the beginning, the public award was given to Kaleleo, Justine Mauvin and Damien Castera. Bravo for their incredible journey, they are a source of inspirations for any surfer.
The award for best editing was given to the film of Rafael Mellin, 80 e Tal. “The work of researching archive images, the parallel between waves, and surfing, … Everything was perfect.” Prize awarded by Guillaume Cazet.
This was followed by Claudia Lederer’s award for best short film for Cold Lines: “This film was unanimous, filled with finesse, elegance and sublime images, we could not miss out on.” Prize awarded by Cathy Monge.
Once again, the Brazilian director Rafael Mellin was rewarded for his work on the soundtrack. “Throughout the film, we had the sound in our heads, the desire to dance, to move, a real moment of pleasure.” Prize awarded by Michel Larronde.
The prize for the best surfer proved to be a lengthy debate. How to define the best surfer? On a criterion of pure technique? Finally, it was awarded to the work and career of Tiago Pires in SACA, Julio Adler’s film. “How can we not reward the whole career of such a surfer, the man who knew how to question himself at the end of his career as a top athlete?” Prize awarded by Philippe Toulan.
For any surfer, the search for the wave, the journey, the quest is an absolute need. When this is happening far from paradises with warm and turquoise waters, when surfing is only the culmination of a fascinating journey, it gives images such as we could find in Being There, by Léa Brassy And Vincent Colliart. Prize awarded by Cathy Monge.
One could not miss out on the risk-taking and simply extraordinary images of One Shot, the quest for photography by photographer Russell Ord. The prize for Best Shot could only be given to him. Prize awarded by Julien Lescarret.