Jersey Surf Film Festival in its third year

The Jersey Surf Film Festival is in its third year and celebrates the sea, community and environment in St. Ouen’s Bay.

 We are broadening the focus from surf culture to the ocean and the wider environment this year with art projects that celebrate conservation.

We will be returning to The Far Flung Motel venue at the Jersey Scout Centre on 12, 13 and 14 July to build a unique weekend-long camp for far-out thinkers who want to engage with their inner wilderness through films, arts workshops, music, fireside storytelling, delicious and sustainable food from the land and sea, stargazing yoga, surf school, foraging walks, talks and much more.

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At our festival this year we have space for 120 campers, families and friends who want a “staycation” or visitors who want to immerse themselves in Jersey’s surf side culture for a weekend. The Far Flung Motel is situated in the heart of the Jersey’s National Park and on the edge of one of the Islands most stunning stretches of beach with a consistent surf break. The camp opens Friday night at 6pm and places must be booked online.

Festival directors Rebecca Coley and Natasha Dettman have pulled together a unique, arts driven program which they hope will rekindle the love and respect for the ocean and coastal environment whilst making a conscious effort to protect and leave the site in a better state than when the festival arrived.

The ArtLand outdoor sculpture gallery is one such project which will be taking place in the days leading up to the festival and during the weekend. Supported by the One Foundation, working with local artists, conservation scientists, school children and youth and art groups, we will be building an all-natural sculpture gallery from sustainably sourced and foraged materials. Taking inspiration from land artists like Andy Goldsworthy and Patrick Dougherty, children, young people and artist mentors will use natural materials to build a series of art works, sympathetic to and highlighting the forms within nature. The build will be open to the public on the Saturday but places must be booked. This is the seedling project to what we hope will be a larger, permanent installation next year, which will encourage children to play in and explore nature. The ArtLand project is being supported by the ONE Foundation. WE will look at themes of climate change and outreach to all sectors of the community to get involved in this special and unique ArtLand installation project.

 We are also launching our Surf Film Competition:

We are looking for films that celebrate the ocean, community & environment for this years competition.

• Films must be under 20 minutes and made within the last 12 months.
• Winner receives a custom made board of their choice by Herve Surfboards 
• This years competition is open to entries from anywhere in the world 
• Entry fee £10
• Closing date 30 June 2019
• Films will be screened at Herve Surfboards Factory on Saturday 13 July 2019
• Winning film will play at Hidden Cinema screening at the surf film festival on The evening of Saturday 13 July 

 

JERSEY SURF FILM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:

Friday

Friday night is film night featuring a short film program and discussion from our visitors the International Outdoor Swimming Festival  -  about benefits of Sea swimming, followed by a selection of short film screenings.

An outdoor screening of  our feature film The Odyssey, a film about legendary explorer, conservationist and photographer Jaques Cousteau, with an  introduction by Jersey Marine Conservation.

Attendees will be encouraged to dress up “Jacques Cousteau” style for the feature event.

This will be followed by a campfire side storytelling and a little acoustic music based on Myths of the Sea with Naomi West. Campers can enjoy a spot of stargazing yoga to send them off to sleep.

If you are not done with movies you can seek out our Hidden Cinema and catch Board Stories by Jason Horton, a screening of the Big Wata, by Gugi Van Der Velden and Surf Girls Jamaica by Joya Berrow and Lucy Jane.

Venue opens 6pm. First films start 8pm.

 

Saturday

Saturday opens with a Chi Gong session and meditation. Campers can relax over brunch and good coffee.

10am - Artland project- All natural sculpture gallery build with the Jersey Youth Service, and families camping onsite. This will be lead by Natasha Dettman, artists, youth service workers and ecologists. Using willow structures to create sculptures and fuel the children’s imagination and get them to interact with nature.

There are also arts workshops for younger children with the Insect Ball ,leaf insect making workshop, Ian and Ruth Rolls’ Cafe Art Cart and an Up-cycle Re-cycle, Trashe Fashion workshop using repurposing reusable materials with textile artists Margarida Lourenco and Bianca Padidar

We will also be taking the art to the beach with sand drawing and the creation of a meditation labyrinth.

SCOOP the organic, sustainable food cooperative shop will be onsite hosting a farmers market with locally sourced fresh produce.

At 11.30 Kaz Padidar will be leading a group on a foraging walk sponsored by JICAS to explore the diversity around the local area ending with some fireside cooking and Elderflower Champagne.

We hope to encourage our guests of all ages to get in to the sea and are hosting Surf School and wild swimming with qualified instructors. Wild swimming leaders will also be giving talks about their passion for this activity and how it can help improve all manner of physical and mental conditions.

We will be hosting a programme of inspiring talks throughout the day in our Club House room. These talks are focused on environmental issues and looking at inspiring ways Jersey can respond to the challenges we face on a local and global scale.

The Lunchtime Board Meetings- Hosted by Jason Horton, Arlene Maltman, Andrew Ozouf of Freevibes magazine and Dave Ferguson. Starting at 1pm we invite you to join the discussion on everything from Surfing becoming an Olympic sport, How surfers can be activists for positive change, Board Stories by Jason Horton- series on the never ending debates on board shapes and sizes and who rides what.

Robbie Dark will leading an Ocean photography workshop at 4pm.

Our onsite record shop dedicated to a love of vinyl records will be easing campers towards the afternoon with a DJ Workshop and then picking up the beat as the sun sets with tunes from Brazilian Wax. Look out for a drumming workshop and the odd impromptu musical performance from our host of artists and musicians staying onsite. Although we have many things planned we would like to think people can feel comfortable enough to explore their creativity in a relaxed informal way when the mood takes them.

Local Indie/electronica quartet The Mozaics will be headlining Saturday night.  Since forming in 2015, Mozaics have enjoyed dozens of BBC Introducing plays, with support from BBC Radio’s 1 Huw Stephens, Amazing Radio and Radio X from their self released singles. 

We then head over for the Campfire Sessions, unplugged music from Tom Rolls and Sam Walwyn, Todd Macdonald

Those who feeling like more movie action can seek out Hidden Cinema, a miniature cinema in VW Van) screening The Biarritz Surf Gang,

We round up the night with Yoga Nidra under the stars and guided sleep meditation sessions in our cosy club house.

 

Sunday

Sunday is all about relaxing on this beautiful site with a musical brunch and Sunday papers. We will be taking those who want a more energetic start to the day for a wake up swim. The site closes at 12pm but there is plenty more for guests to do in the bay should they not be quite ready to head home.

 

Contacts:

Rebecca Coley beckycoley@mac.com  Mobile +44 (0)7797846155

Natasha Dettman natashahill@mac.com Mobile +44 (0)7700880002

Thanks to the ONE Foundation, Jersey National Park and JICAS (Jersey International Centre for Advanced Studies).