As far from the sea as you can be...
The Peak District is just about as far from the sea as it's possible to be in the UK. So it's perhaps not surprising that it's the first time our land-lubbing judges have awarded a surf film the Grand Prize. But then 'North of The Sun' is a surf film like no other.
(As journalist Ed Douglas puts it in his review: "The film is already a cult classic among surfers, but North of the Sun’s appeal is much broader than that. Anyone with a passion for wild places and an interest in the impacts we have on the planet will love it. And anyone who wants a fresh take on what our lives can be will find it an inspiration").
Inge Wegge, co-star & director of the film, which also won Spirit of Adventure Silver award, told us: "It's super fun that North of the Sun is so well liked in extreme sports festivals as ShAFF! And to win two prizes here is fantastic! Thanks to the festival and the judges! Its amazing that the film is traveling around the globe and get so much good feedback! We hope those of you who saw the movie were inspired to follow your own dreams and to take care of the environment! We would also like to thank everybody who made this film possible. Nordnorsk filmsenter, LAS, TRAFO, Lofoten Sparebank, Storyline studios and Norwegian film institute. "
I've also just totted up and in total we've got 8 surf/board films and are really pleased the guys from Crayfish films are coming up to present The Shaper.
- Chris McClean's Beyond the Scars and Fathoms Left to Fall
- First Love
- The Shaper
- The Endless Winter
- Of Souls and Water - The Warrior
- The Pursuit of Excellence
- North of The Sun