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Welcome to the Irish Surf Film Festival


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20.04.18 • 7PM-LATE

Day One. 

Legendary surf artist Barry Britton launches his new book of prints and posters with live music, a Laird Hamilton movie in the main room and a full exhibition in the gallery

21.-4.18 • 10AM - 10PM

Day Two. 

Your yearly fix of the best surf and adventure movies, a focus on photographers and the edits where local and international film makers battle it out to win our short film competition

21.04.18 • 11AM - LATE

Party Time.

Join us on the pub trail and at 5th on Teeling for the Shore Shots after-party. Catch DJs and bands in Sligo town and party like it's 1999. Schedule and map to be announced  soon.

22.04.18 • 11AM - 5PM

Day three.

Start with a beach clean then explore how you can make a difference and add your voice to Earth Day. We talk ecology, clean beaches and dive into the world of single-use plastics with experts and pioneers from this area.

There are more than five trillion pieces of microplastic in the world's oceans and the equivalent of one rubbish truck of plastic waste is being added to the sea every minute.

By 2050 that will increase to four trucks every minute.

  • Act now


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 Jim Carbin & Acoustic Breaks play our launch party and will be premiering their new track written with Barry Britton 'Hard to be a surfbum'!!

Jim Carbin & Acoustic Breaks play our launch party and will be premiering their new track written with Barry Britton 'Hard to be a surfbum'!!


FRIDAY 20.04.18 7pm opening

We are stoked to kick off Friday night with a book launch of 'Barry Britton Posters''. Barry is an accomplished artist & surfer living on the North West coast of Ireland specialising in pen & inks of traditional music, surf & landscapes in his unique Celtic style.


You can pre-order a copy here

Also known as an architect, interior designer & etcher of glass, Barry is famous among surfers & trad music fans for his annual Intercounty Surf & his annual Ballyshannon Folk Festival posters. The Intercounties has been running since 1968 & the Folk Festival since 1978. Barry has also exclusively designed this year's Shore Shots official poster so get down and grab yours before they are all gone!  See more

With live music by

Jim Carbin & Acoustic Breaks

8pm On the big screen: 'Laird Hamilton: Take Every Wave' & Eric Ebner's 'The Bull'


Open 7pm




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Dive in and discover a world of  surf and adventure

Movies, talks, DJs and a surf market all day at The Model -tickets here


Arctic Exploring: George Karbus

Main Auditorium , 6pm


Surfer's Ear Pop-Up all day

Medically known as "exostosis of the external auditory canal," surfer's ear is caused by repeated exposure to cold water and wind. Cooling of the ear canal stimulates bone growth that narrows the canal and blocks the eardrum. Joining us from Sweden, founder of Surf Ears Magnus Ekerman will be in the foyer with an ear doctor where you can ask about and get tested for Surfer's Ear.



George Karbus returns to Shore Shots to present the results of his latest expedtion- The Arctic Circle. George has become recognised as one of the best outdoor photographers in Europe. His amazing photographs of Irish landscapes, waves and wildlife are a real tribute to the coastline and the ocean. Do not miss.



Church Of The Open Sky

54mins                                 Director: Nathan Oldfield

Shot on location in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka, the film features Dave Rastovich, Lauren Lindsey Hill, Tom Wegener, Belinda Baggs, CJ Nelson, Alex Knost, Johnny Abegg, Neal Purchase Jr, Jasson Salisbury, Devon Howard and many others.



Biarritz Surf Gang (2017)

64mins                            Directors: Nathan Curren &   Pierre Denoyel

Biarritz, the early 1980s: surfing isn’t so much a sport as it is an anti-social and borderline criminal activity, the passion of a few long-haired local oiks. Then it all changed: like with most extreme sports, counter-culture passed into regular culture, which catalysed surfing’s development into a high-level sport. For the local surf gang, the days of unspoilt coastlines and isolated surf spots were over – now it was media, crowds and pushy tourists.


Sunday 2pm

Beyond-An African Surf Documentary (2017)

117min                        Director: Mario Hainzl

Africa, Europe - Europe and Africa: Surfers live differently on each continent and Africa marks a special place - as surfing is in many places at its very beginnings. "Beyond - An African Surf Documentary" follows locals along the coast of Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal and Gambia into their homes, visits their home surf spots and takes a look into their surfing lives. 




Blue Road (2017)

Directed by Alena Ehrenbold



Blue Road is a movie about the pursuit of happiness and poses the question, which role passion should play in life. Through the different lives of the three protagonists and their common adventure this documentary offers an authentic vision of women’s surfing today!



The Edits

60mins Shore Film Competiition

Once again the we celebrate the best action from a special season of surf. Take it al in as the action plays out on the big screen. Check out former winner Peter Clyne's epic...

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Easkey Britton:



Creative Storytelling workshop

 coming soo

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Pic: Ian Mitchinson


3pm-4pm Discussion: A Cautionary Tale, A Surf Community, A Vision - Healthy, Happy, Line-ups. 

Join us on Saturday of Shore Shots for what is tipped to be one of the most interesting panel discussions we've ever hosted.

Guests on stage will include Jessie Smith, Gary Salter, Paul Money and Fergal Smith discussing how, as a community of Irish Surfers ,everyone has a responsibility to create a respectful, happy surf experience for our children.

This is sure to be an emotive conversation , dealing with crowding and ethics, alongside surf destination publicity, but we are confident with the right people on board ,it will spark something very interesting and help us move forward together.




Fish People    (2017)

Director: Keith Malloy

To some, the ocean is a fearsome and dangerous place. But to others, it’s a limitless world of fun, freedom and opportunity where life can be lived to the full. A new documentary presented by Patagonia and directed by Keith Malloy, FISHPEOPLE tells the stories of a unique cast of characters who have dedicated their lives to the sea.



Risky Ripples with an introduction by director Andrew Kaineder


Continuing Matt Bromley's adventures in big wave surfing.


Photography Talk 2: Tim Borrow (UK)

Main Room


Photography Talk 3: Ian Mitchinson (IRL)

Main room





Earth Day

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Sunday is Earth Day. Join us for movies and talks related to the environment.

Get your tickets here



Big Wata

Directed by Gugi van der Velden



Big Wata (The Ocean) is a documentary about the first and only surf club in Sierra Leone.

During the Ebola outbreak the younger members of a West African fishing community discover surfing as their identity and purpose in life. 

Wanting to break free from the restrictions of a traditional community a suspended surf club member embarks on a journey. Only to return with a new found appreciation for the place he so badly wanted to leave.

Big Wata is a positive story from Africa. The film shows the diversity and resilience of West Africa, and how a dream can bring light in an otherwise dark time. Universal themes that people from all walks of life can relate to.


Big Wata is the feature debut of Gugi van der Velden (director) and Floris Loeff (producer)



Deep Blue/ Middle C

Directed by Bryan Little


Acclaimed Fokofpolisiekar and African Cypher director (and two time Encounters Audience Award winner) Little recruited musicians, sculptors, artists, a coastal forager, underwater wildlife filmmakers, conservation biologists, drone pilots – to spend 10 days and nights at a camp site where they surfed, created artworks, and worked with the local community, celebrating that coast and ocean.Surfing the line between fiction and non, this strangely surreal dreamscape is an invigorating dip into the stream of consciousness of an eccentric and wildly talented bunch.



4pm-4.40pm Saturday

Brilliant corners Mauritania

Directed by Sam Bleakley


With an introduction by guest Sam Bleakley

Brilliant Corners is a processional surf adventure series of 52 minute long documentaries directed and presented by travel writer, explorer and former European Longboard champion, Sam Bleakley. Travelling with his longboard in tow, Sam uses surfing to get under the skin of the coastlines and cultures he visits.



A Plastic Ocean

Directed by Craig Leeson


A Plastic Ocean is an adventure documentary shot on more than 20 locations over the past 4 years. Explorers Craig Leeson and Tanya Streeter and a team of international scientists reveal the causes and consequences of plastic pollution and share solutions.



This year Shore Shots is proud to host Eco Sunday on April 22nd, Earth Day. As part of Eco Sunday we’re gathering a group of inspiring environmentally minded people for a panel discussion on our environment and what we can all do to take action and make positive strides towards a more sustainable life. Panelists will discuss various topics from biodiversity to single use plastics affecting our oceans.

A panel discussion lead by Climate Ambassador and Accenture Ireland Eco-Network lead Niamh Smyth followed by a screening of A Plastic Ocean

Gary Tyrell-Founder Climate Ambassador programme

Sophie Hellyer-Surfer, producer, writer & environmentalist

Finn Ni Fhaolain-Author, foodie & marine biologist

Seamus Mc Goldrick-Surfer & Clean Coasts representative

Mark Riordan-Founder Hive Mind

Hannah Hamilton-CSR advocate and founder of


Festival faces by photographer Jem Rigby


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