VANS Surf Presents
HAVEN SURF FILMFEST
HAVEN SURF FILMFEST
With the kind support of Vans Surf and DB Journey, we are presenting the second edition of the Haven’s Surf Film Fest. An afternoon at Zuiderpershuis - one of Antwerp’s most iconic cultural venues - with movies, music, food, drinks and expositions from local (surf) photographers & designers.
Special guest this year is free surfer & explorer Kepa Acero from the Basque Country who presents his latest movie ‘Crossing Borders’ and will join us for a Q&A.
Facing Monsters digs deep into the psyche of enigmatic West Australian ‘slab wave’ surfer Kerby Brown. It’s a film about fear, addictions, and family bonds as we explore what drives Kerby, what anchors him and why he’s obsessed with pitting himself against one of nature’s most intimidating forces.
After losing his entire life's work in a fire, photographer Mark McInnis assembles a team of surfers and sets out on a gruelling mission to track down undiscovered waves on the most unlikely of islands, located in the violent Bering Sea.
A human from South Africa meets another human from the Basque Country and they create a piece of work with a much-needed help of Kylian Castells. From the very start everything was not on their side; Ainara lost her passport one day before the trip, booked the wrong domestic flight and lost her wallet when she arrived in Indo. Sophie’s visa was delayed so she had to wait until she had it done. They somehow managed to get to Sumbawa and for those 10 days the trip lasted, all they did was surf, play chess, read, eat and sleep. Some skin and boards were damaged on the process, but fully worth it. A tandem has never ever been that much needed as when these two humans gather and try to make a project work. Friendship goals, “If they fall, they fall together”. - Tandem
How does noseriding work? What makes this suspension between sea and sky possible? The Physics of Noseriding explores these questions through the eyes of Namaala, a young surfer whose people were flying on the water before the world even knew what surfing was.
Kepa Acero is a pioneer and one of the key figures of the adventure surfing scene. The Basque surfer is an expert in finding virgin waves with the help of Google Earth and has built a lifestyle around it. For this new trip, Kepa set off with his mates Natxo and Aritz to Liberia, in West Africa. The goal was simple: to surf a new wave with friends. However, achieving it proved more complicated than they expected. They needed to cross the border between Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Directed by Karina Rozunko & Jimmy Jazz
VANS presents HAIKU
Karina Rozunko is poetry in motion. Both on land and on a log, she's equal parts style, grace, and improvisation. According to the creative duo, the concept of the movie is based on a Japanese style poem which depicts a tiny moment of time, suggestive of nature that evokes a definite, though unstated, emotional response
VANS presents DÉPLACER LE SILENCE
Filmed in 16mm/8mm format “Déplacer Le Silence” is a nostalgic vision of surfing in Biarritz directed by a freelance filmmaker, Oskar Valencia. This short video project captures the timeless summer on the French coast portrayed by a professional surfer from Mexico, Lola Mignot.
Directed by Oscar Valencia
Traveler and Google Earth wave explorer from the Basque Country. Every surfboard lover. Also a documentarist, but most of all surfer.
Ainara Aymat & Sophie Bell
Vans team riders Ainara Aymat (Basque Country) & Sophie Bell (South Africa) will attend the Filmfest to present their latest film TANDEM. @__.tandem.__ and join us for a Q&A on stage afterwards.
Our youngest talent Emma Emmelie is a 25 year old surf and skate photographer from Ostend, home of Belgium's most famous (and most crowded) surf spot. Next to her job at the local skateboard academy, she tries to find as much time as possible to grab her camera and capture her surroundings. Whether it be in the line-up, on shore or in skateparks, Emma loves to find beauty in chaos and create abstract images. Her work is mainly inspired by the North Sea, but motivated by her hunger to explore the world. Emma is also providing one of her pics for our annual limited edition Haven Surf Filmfest long sleeve t shirt in collaboration with Vans Surf. More on that later.
Jade Madoe (B)
Growing up close to the Northsea in Belgium, the sea has always been a source of inspiration for Jade as a filmmaker and photographer. During her 26 years of existence, she always felt a big connection and love for this big blue marvellous world and its creatures, its flora, its stories. After graduating her Master in Cinema in Ghent, she searched to combine her passion for photography with her love for the ocean. Constantly chasing a certain feeling of enchantment. Of being child-likely taken away by some faraway dreamworld or utopia where mermaids, pirates, magical forces and desolated islands could still exist. While roaming in this world, Jade poses a magnetic look on the movement of (women’s) bodies, nature and the invisible flow of life.
Ciel Glue (FR)
We discovered French artist Ciel Glue, currently residing in Baleal, for the first time at Wasted Talents in Hossegor where they sell his work. He's working predominantly with collage based medium: “Originally I am first and foremost a surfing addict since the age of 11. In parallel to my passion for surfing, I first started by painting, then I did a lot of graffiti for about fifteen years, to finally evolve a little while ago towards the creation of collages influenced by my love of surfing.” The pieces are created from classic novels and lesser-known story books (all with a connection to the ocean), vintage magazines and coloured cards. “My line of creation resides around a sentence: "To Read the wave". First you read it, then you shred it. Just like a surfer on a wave.
Riemkje Poortinga (NL)
While exploring foreign places, Dutch photographer Riemkje Poortinga, got inspired whenever she stumbled on photogenic locations. The remarkable thing happend that she could clearly picture a complete fashion campaign into details before she even had a camera. With the idea to do something with that vision she changed her course in life and gained experience in branding, styling, photography and production. She became a fashion photographer influenced by the board-sports lifestyle that she got into at the same time. Her work is about simplicity in the ultimate sophistication. To express herself as an artist she takes on creative photography adventures to capture photos that visualize the dream life that she envisions.
Sunday 4 June
From 13h till 21h
13h30: Vans presents ‘Haiku'
Vans presents 'Déplacer la Silence’
14h10: 'The Physics of Noseriding'
'Born By The North Sea' by Jade Madoe
15h40: Kepa Acero - 'We Scream Alone’
Kepa Acero - 'Crossing Borders’
Q&A - Kepa Acero
'From A Bird's Eye' by Jade Madoe
'A Moroccan Symphony' by Jade Madoe
Q&A - Ainara Aymat & Sophie Bell
Vans presents ‘Tandem'
16h40: Break + The Swell Podcast live from the Café
17h35: 'Facing Monsters’
19h10: Drinks & Chats