The first annual LA Skate Film Festival was a huge success and gave budding and established skateboarding filmmakers from all over the states a chance to gain global recognition for their individual, original takes on the culture and art of skateboarding.
The Festival wrapped up in Hollywood last weekend, with Flip’s ‘Extremely Sorry’ taking home the star-spangled title of ‘Best US Skateboarding Film’.
Flip weren’t the only ones bathing in the limelight over the weekend, as the festival also showcased independent skate videos from some of the worlds best filmmakers.
From emerging films to documentaries, skate shop videos and professional US films, the festival took an up-close and personal look at all genres of skateboard films.
Festival goers were treated to screenings of the best three films from each award category during the first two days, with the results being announced by members of
the Academy of Skateboard Filmmakers on the final day.
A firm fan favourite and winner of the ‘Best Documentary’ award was ‘Skateistan: To Live and Skate Kabul’ produced and directed by Orlando Von Einsiedel. ‘Skateistan’ follows Oliver Perkovich and Sharna Nolan as they arrive in Kabul, Afghanistan with nothing more than a couple of skateboards. The pair were quick to realize that the local children were drawn to their boards like an “unstoppable magnetic force”, and set up a skate school to help teach them some skills.
What follows is a moving documentary as Oliver and Sharna tackle racial, religious, gender and class differences amongst the children, armed with nothing more than a few skateboards and some big ideas.
Other films that wowed audiences include ‘Plank’, ‘Machotaildrop’, and ‘10,000 Kilometers’. Be sure to check those out as soon as you get the chance!
Nominated filmmakers traveled from all over the states to attend the festival and show their support for the skateboard films industry. Big names like Jim Thiebaud, Geoff Rowley, Grant Brittain, Bryce Kanights, Jamie Thomas, Ricki Bedenbaugh, and Greg Hunt were on hand to show their support for the festival, and highlight it’s importance to the industry.
Roll on LA Skate Film Festival 2011!
The official results of the LA Skate Film Festival are as follows:
Best Emerging Filmmaker: Symmetry, Directed and Produced by Dayman Cash
Best International Film: Plank, Directed by Billy Pols, Produced by Maarten Kuit. Executive Producer: Jeroen Van Den Idsert
Best Skate Shop Video: The Dango is Dead, Directed and produced by Joe Perrin. Executive Producer: John Montesi
Best Independent Film: Machotaildrop, Directed by Corey Adams and Alex Craig, Produced Oliver Linsley and Jared Valentine, Executive Producers: Shon Tomlin and CJ Olivares
Best Documentary: Skateistan: To Live and Skate Kabul, directed by Orlando Von Einsiedel, Produced by Orlando Von Einsiedel and Louis Figgis. Executive Producers: Jon Prever, Thanh Ma, Rod Stanley
Best Commercial: Nestle Aero, Directed by Ty Evans, Produced by Nathan De La Rionda. Executive Producer: Dana Garman
Best US Film: Extremely Sorry, directed by Flip Productions, produced by Ewan Bowman. Executive Producers: Geoff Rowley and Jeremy Fox, Claymation: Edgar Alvarez, Original Music: Baron
Best Soundtrack: Extremely Sorry. Original Music: Baron
Best Editing: Wood, Directed by Colin Kennedy, Produced by Cullen Pythress. Executive Producer: Tim Gavin
Best Photography: Skateistan: To Live and Skate Kabul