After a run of 14 consecutive years, the festival will take a break in 2017
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 February, 2017 - One of Europe’s favourite film festivals and one of the first surf-specific fests, will be put on hold in 2017. The Surfilmfestibal in the Basque Country of Spain has decided not to put on a show this year as they regroup and take stock of their objectives.
“We needed some space to think and some time to surf,” the organisers said in a statement. “We needed to step back and take a look at the state of the surfing world in 2017.”
At its core the festival serves surf culture and its relationship with nature and the world at large.
Below is a press release from the organisers…We needed to ask ourselves how the festival is best able to appraise and champion our culture, and to bring to bear upon it a critical perspective that examines our relationship with the natural world.
The festival won’t be taking place, but the brand is alive and well. We are looking forward to your submissions to the SAVAGE CINEMA programme which we will once again be directing as part of the San Sebastián Film Festival. We’ll be taking another step forward in the collaboration we began in 2016 with our friends Wheels and Waves, curating the excellent ArtRide exhibition. These and other forthcoming projects will be our focus for the time being.
It has been an extraordinary journey. It’s a privilege to have pioneered a new genre of event that is now flourishing all over the world. The magical mix of surfing and cinema has taken off in some of the most unlikely parts of the planet.
To have played a crucial role in the success of this phenomenon; to be able to count as friends artists such as Andrew Kidman; to have shown, for the first time ever, the still unrivalled masterpiece that is Litmus on the big screen; to have helped put Euskadi on the map as a key player in global surf culture; to have welcomed this culture’s foremost filmmakers and story-tellers to our city — these are the things that have motivated us over the years, and that make us proud of what the festival has achieved.
It wouldn’t have been the same without you guys, the festival’s loyal supporters, whose involvement has made the whole experience such an enjoyable one, and whose high standards have kept us on our toes. Now it’s time for us to take a step back from the front line and recharge our batteries, ready for next time.