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 climateambassador.ie

Sophie Hellyer-Surfer, producer, writer & environmentalist sophiehellyer.com

Finn Ni Fhaolain-Author, foodie & marine biologist finsfitfood.com

Seamus Mc Goldrick-Surfer & Clean Coasts representative cleancoasts.org

Mark Riordan-Founder Hive Mind hivemind.ie

Hannah Hamilton-CSR advocate and founder of eirewild.ie