ireland london film festival

Irish surfing and surfing characters are featuring strong again in this years line up at the London Surf / Film Festival with 2 entries in the shorties from filmmakers Oliver Hegarty ( Fatherhood) featuring legendary charger Peter Conroy and Kev L Smith (Le Chéile) featuring Ollie O'Flaherty and friends in Lahinch.

The Shorties: Fatherhood // A film by Oliver Hegarty A short surf film featuring the hard charging surfing of Peter Conroy. Having recently become a father, Peter has long been considered the father of safety for tow-in surfing on the west coast of Ireland. Shot by Clem McInerney and a host of other well known camera wizards, and directed and edited by Oliver Hegarty, Islander Visual Films presents Fatherhood. The Shorties: Le Chéile // A film by Kev L Smith Le Chéile is a short film about how individuals living in a town, help shape that area, people & society around them. The film features Lahinch Local surfer Ollie O Flaherty & a host of his friends that live in Lahinch. Filmed on location in Lahinch, County Clare Ireland. The music for this film was recorded live in Kennys, the local pub by The O’Connell brothers who are good friends of Ollie. The name of the song is ‘Liscannor Bay’. Liscannor Bay is the Bay that Lahinch is located in & contains some of the counties best reef breaks. Le Chéile is the Irish word for together. The Shorties Short films are a central pillar of modern surf culture, a creative outlet for sharing stories and inspiring stoke. Here at the London Surf / Film Festival presented by VANS we wanted to celebrate the short and give homegrown filmmaking talent a platform to bring their visions to the surf world so we established ‘The Shorties’ which has fast become one of the most prestigious short film competitions for surf filmmakers in the world. While the main festival is a showcase for international filmmaking, The Shorties short film contest is open exclusively to filmmakers from or based in Britain and Ireland – from both leading lights and up and coming filmmakers. The very best short films entries on the big screen as part of the festival and these shortlisted films are eligible for prestigious awards including: Shortie of the Year and Emerging Talent. 9th Annual London Surf / Film Festival is hosted 9 – 18 October at Regent St Cinema and venues across London. To see this year’s full line up of films, hit the LINK The best international short of 2018 also featured the Irish coastline. Nic Von Rupp embarked on an ethereal surf lapse around Europe, traversing the continent on night trains, branch lines and intercity expresses, finding stirring landscapes and time to contemplate, between stalking sickeningly shallow slabs with Mick Fanning and mind warpingly huge waves with Ireland’s bravest chargers - see clip and article on this LINK Have an interesting story to share about surfing in Ireland? We would love to hear from you. Please email editorial team at
September 17, 2019 — Andrew Marsden