Welcome To Reelers 2017
THE WORLD’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS SURF FILM COMPETITION
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And that's a wrap! Another year of incredible surf movie making sewn up in the bag for Corona presents REELERS 2017 – The Surfing World Short Film Competition. Big shout out to our supporters, sponsors and venues who make the event possible! Huge thankyou to our master panel of judges; Jack McCoy, Kai Neville and Taylor Steele, who for the third year running have viewed, appraised and applauded film after film in the search for the biggest and brightest talents they can find. Finally, the biggest thankyou of all goes to YOU - the filmmakers. You stand there on the beach all day, getting cooked in the sun with your trusty camera aimed at your buddies in the pit. You're there all night, hour after pixelated hour cutting and mixing and creating your vision, and you're there each year, with wild new ideas that continue to surprise and inspire us all! You capture the gold that gives it shine. Mad congrats team, you nailed it, see you all next year!
And the awards go to...
BE LIKE ME By Monique Vab
WHY YOU TIRED By Blake Wilton
- BEGINNING By Myles Carroll
- WINTER GREED By Tom Skelly
- STANDARDS SUCK By Olivia Williams
WINNER: ZOOLOO By Nate Foster
RUNNER UP: LISSA By Nick Jones
- KNEELERS BY Mad Dogue
- SELAMAT PAGI BY Spencer Frost
- WEST IS BEST BY Isaac Jones
WINNER: CRYPTIC DITCH by James Kates
RUNNER UP: LUMINERE By Tay Steele
- THE HENS TOOTH By Talon Clemow
- SISTER By John Wiley
- GERRY By Mickey Mason
For over 50 years Surfing World has continued to share the stoke of riding waves. From the Pro Tour to the isolated back beaches, from the characters taking surfing into the future to the legends of yesteryear, from the shaping bay to Byron Bay to Jeffreys Bay to Waimea Bay… there is something for everybody.
Modern Collective, Lost Atlas, Dear Suburbia, Cluster. When it comes to melding high performance with an unyielding creative vision, no-one has experienced more critical acclaim, or has been more influential in the realms of high performance surfing in the past decade than Kai Neville. His award winning films have set the benchmark all other action movies aspire to reach.
The most influential surf filmmaker of all time? They didn’t name one of surfing’s most dominant eras the Momentum Generation for nothing. Taylor has done it all, from fact paced high-energy hits of the 90s, to beautiful cinematic travel based films, to profile films, music videos, he even chased one swell from Tahiti to Alaska. His latest film Missing showcased a different side to three time World Champion Mick Fanning as he was set loose on the world for three months to get lost. He famously created the clip based viral surf competition Innersection, and his music video for Unwritten Law's Teenage Suicide was nominated for Billboard's Alternative Music Video of the Year in 1999.
The big daddy legend of classic surf films has at one time or another touched us all. From his earliest offerings McCoy encouraged us to travel to far flung nations in search of perfection. The dream was surfing and we could all be a part of it. Throughout the late 80s and early 90s his tongue in cheek Billabong efforts could be quoted by groms and legends alike and his portfolio of documentary style profile films such as Sabotaj, The Occumentary and Blue horizon are definitive classics of surf film. His latest film, A Deeper Shade of Blue is his opus, a gift to surfing for aloha.