Sligo to get surf-film festival

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Shore Shots, Ireland’s only combined surf and film festival is set to move west to County Sligo for 2016. The event takes place over the weekend of April 15-17.

WAVE: Irish surf star Easkey Britton will be attending the Shore Shots festival.
WAVE: Irish surf star Easkey Britton will be attending the Shore Shots festival.

Now in its fourth year, Shore Shots features surf films and video edits from the world of surf’s leading artists and athletes, with a special emphasis on the art and creative work inspired by the cold and ferocious waves around Ireland’s west coast.

Key film screenings will take place at The Model with various fringe events taking place throughout the weekend including surf photography exhibitions, food and surf trails, a surf market and beach yoga.

Key surfers, content producers and music makers who will be in Sligo as part of the festival include: George Karbus, Tim Nunn, Liquid Therapy, Easkey Britton, Barry Mottershead, Peter Clyne, Peter Conroy, DJ Donal Dineen and February & Mars.

The festival is now accepting submissions for this year’s event, and in celebration of being invited to the #AdventureCapital that is County Sligo, a new competition is being added to the film festival; Best Adventure Film, with short films from outside the world of surfing set to be accepted for the first time.

Commenting on the move to Sligo, Shore Shots Festival Director Aidan Ellis said: “The festival is in its fourth year, and having had a hugely successful run in Dublin, with many sold out shows during our time at the Lighthouse Cinema, we’ve decided to move the event to Sligo which is very much considered the natural home for surfing in Ireland.

“Many of Ireland’s leading surf videographers are based here, and Mullaghmore continues to be a subject in much of their work. We also have perfect surf breaks in Strandhill and Easkey.”

Allan Mulrooney, Sligo native and co-founder of Shore Shots welcomed the announcement: “This year’s festival is a really immersive weekend for fans of surf on the big screen.

“There will be screenings held at The Model centre’s cinema on Saturday, live music gigs, and a programme of creative happenings from art exhibitions and workshops taking place around Sligo town and county over the weekend. We will have additional programme announcements over the coming weeks.”

Further details on the programme and how to book tickets, from €30pp, are available from www.shoreshots.ie or by following
@ShoreShotsFilms on social media.

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