4S Film Festival 2019 – Official Selections

Opening at 10:00 a.m.

01 – Lola

A story about an independent skateboarder, who won’t let anything get in her way of skating.

Nicole Tobin: Director

Nominated: Best Short

02 – Encounter

A thrill-seeking ski-tourist speeds down a secluded mountain.
An Indigenous ski-hunter primes his bow for the killing strike.
Their paths are about to collide…

Howard Wimshurst: Director

Nominated: Best Artwork

03 – Melon Kuma

Melon Kuma is probably the most unique yet simple mascot in Japan -it’s a bear with a half melon half bear for a head – that comes from Yubari (the melon rich town on the island of Hokkaido) and a bear that is (was) frequently found on Hokkaido.

George Knowles: Director

Nominated: Best Short

04 – Cinecittà On Wheels

A skateboarding video starring the Cinecitta’ film studios.

Inti Carboni: Director

Nominated: Best Short, Best Cinematography

05 – Good Morning

Certain days can be really original… They depend on where you live and what you do! Richard Permin’s everyday life for instance is definitely out of the ordinary.
In Good Morning, Richard endlessly repeats his morning routine. Right after getting out of bed, he clicks into his skis and rides down the snow-covered rooftops of Avoriaz.

Maxime Moulin: Director

Nominated: Best Action Cam, Best Cinematography, Best Editing

06 – A day in Nanshan

The short film is a snowboard play for a day in Nanshan which demonstrates the courage, passion, drive and determination of a youth through sports.

Daniel Chan: Director

Nominated: Best Short, Best Action Cam

07 – Instant Surf

Matt Smith has been shooting Polaroid and instant photographs for over a decade, capturing surfing and beach life that surrounds and inspires him.
He breathes new life into a near-extinct photography medium, specialising in expired film and using an impressive armoury of vintage cameras he has collected over the years.

Adam Bell: Director

Nominated: Best Short

08 – Paddling for Happiness: A documentary short

Just like war, an ocean storm can be harsh and unforgiving ; blazing a trail of devastation in it’s wake. But when the tide turns the ocean can calm the most turbulent of them all.

For many of the soldiers returning from the war in Afghanistan, 30 seconds in was the difference between life and death. Now for Martin Pollock, 30 seconds is the pursuit of the perfect wave. Paddling for Happiness is the story of his ocean adventures and how it brought calm to his personal storms.

Michael Durban: Director

Nominated: Best Short


In his few years on this planet, Sandy Kerr has stayed close to the house he was born into, learning to surf the waves on his doorstep, that in hushed tones, some might say are the best in Europe. He embodies British surfing in a way few can, his mantelpiece might not be bowing from the weight of trophies but the amount of snapped boards in the garage tell their own story.

Lewis Arnold, Chris McClean: Director

Nominated: Best Short

10 – Broken UnBroken

BROKEN UNBROKEN follows the path of Nick Riemer and his transformation after breaking his back while training for the Junior National Freestyle Ski Team. Devastated, Nick works through the idea that he may never ski again.

Kennedy Quigley: Director

Nominated: Best Short

11 – She Moves Mountains

The « Vieilles Po » is the story of two girls, (not anymore in their twenties…), that wanted to start doing backcountryskiing. In order to achieve this desire, they decided to form a group that would inspire women to join them in their learning adventure. They wanted to surpass themselves and push their limits in sports while inspiring other women to do the same, regardless of their physical condition, age or weight.

Edith Viens, Katia Leblanc, Elizabeth Ethier: Director

Nominated: Best Short

12 – Save Yourself

In a desperate attempt to reconnect with her ex-boyfriend a women tries to learn to surf, but unexpectedly learns how to move on with her life instead.

Michelle Morgan: Director

Nominated: Best Short

13 – Every Few Winters

From the misty peaks of Glen Shiel with seasoned steep skiers Pete Mackenzie, Dave Searle and Hamish Frost, to the Back Corries and scoured slopes of Aonach Mor with 4-year-old Murray, ‘Every Few Winters’ explores the quirky, unique community of Scottish skiers who epitomise dedication to their sport and an unrivalled tenacity. The entry requirements? Patience and resilience in abundance.

Matt Pycroft, Ryan Goff: Director

Nominated: Best Short

14 – Businessmen

“A troubled 12-year-old skateboarder must overcome his biggest fears on and off the board— all with the help of his loyal skate crew The Businessmen.” Businessmen was filmed and produced in Chicago, Illinois.

Aaron Legg: Director

Nominated: Best Short

15 – Sound of Silence – Born severely deaf

A young man born severely deaf faced exclusion from society from his early days on. He was bullied by his peers, branded a fool by his teachers, and locked away in a basement at his first job at a bank—but Robin Gillon found his way through, all thanks to skiing.

Philippe Woodtli: Director

Nominated: Best Short

16 – Comfort Zones

As skiers we all have to develop our own comfort zones. They will vary from person to person, depend on different factors — such as techniques, strength, risk attitudes — and cover different types of skiing, e.g. on-piste, off-piste, or ski-mountaineering. Comfort Zones explores what motivates some people to expand their comfort zones and move from piste skiing to explorative steep gully skiing in Scotland.

Stefan Morrocco: Director

Nominated: Best Short

17 – A Moment with the Wind

A kite in the sky, a board on his feet and natures key ingredient;
the wind. A passionate rider perfecting the art of Kitesurfing to
balance mind, body and soul.

Ibrahim Nashat: Director

Nominated: Best Short

18 – Build Ramps Not Walls

Build Ramps Not Walls (BRNW) documents a project that began with a tight knit Mexican and American skate community on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. The two main characters, a young American-Mexican skater, Nat and an older Mexican skater, Emilio, are looking for a positive response to the negative rhetoric between Mexico and the United States of America after the U.S.A. 2016 Presidential Elections. With the help of their diverse skate crew, they decided to come together and build a new ramp with the same construction materials that would be used to build the alleged wall between Mexico and the U.S.A. They designed the ramp, fundraised the money and brought together a group of over 40 volunteers from both sides of the border to build. With each day of construction, they saw that by building a ramp together, the community was not just pouring concrete. They were also promoting an ethic of hard work, encouraging youth leadership, sharing positive role models for local kids, and communicating across culture and language barriers with tolerance and the shared passion of skating. By building this ramp together, the community was opening opportunities for youth skaters in the region to improve their skills on better ramps without having to move to the big city or cross the border. They have put the skate community on the map for potential sponsors by documenting the project in a film and gaining attention for the region. Most importantly, they have offered an alternative solution to how to respond to the divisive rhetoric coming down from politicians these days.

Brian Adamkiewicz: Director

Nominated: Best Short

19 – Shades of Winter COUPLES

With ‘Shades of Winter: COUPLES’, one of the short films Shades of Winter releases in fall 2018, creative producer Sandra Lahnsteiner (AUT) introduces a new aspect of her female action sport protagonists when Janina Kuzma (NZL), Julia Mancuso (USA) and herself bring along their spouses on a freeride trip into the wild mountains of British Columbia, Canada, for the first time ever.
As professional athletes the ladies are constantly faced with the risks and challenges of backcountry skiing, overcoming vulnerability and fear, experiencing adrenaline rushes and absolute joy.
But did they ever think how their spouses feel about them being out there in these wild mountains? Together, in ‘Shades of Winter: COUPLES’ they all explore the Purcel & Selkirk range in Canada, BC, sharing the fun as well as the expertise and loads of big smiles.

Sandra Lahnsteiner: Director

Nominated: Best Short

20 – Your Wings Are Going To Grow

We follow three female big wave surfers based in Hawaii in this beautiful, and intimate, short documentary. Prepare to be inspired by the freedom, strength and peace that the roaring ocean can give, as Silvia, Raquel and Leane share their stories about waves and life.

Fifty-year-old Silvia comes from a family of Olympic athletes with a firm father pushing her and her brother to train hard to become athletic champions. She found surfing later in life and her challenge has been to find her own place in the world, not controlled by men.

Raquel was encouraged by her father to catch waves early on, advising her to always face her fears and never limit herself. With her 3-meter-tall surfboard under her arm she hitchhikes to the waves around the island.

Lastly, Leane had a surfing accident that makes her rethink her relationship to big waves. While she has taken a pause from surfing big waves she is still very much a fish in the water.

Your Wings Are Going To Grow takes us to the Hawaiian islands of Oahu and Maui, to world famous surf breaks like Jaws and Waimea, and gives us epic sunsets and life affirming sunrises.

Maria Karin Walczuk: Director

Nominated: Best Short

21 – Ius Maris

The short film tells the story of Yassine, a young man born and raised in Lecce by Moroccan parents who live, in the same way of all second-generation guys, straddling two cultures, never supported by a real integration.
Through the sea and surfing, however, the integration process will come true, Yassine will become an host of a surf camp, attended by people of all races and religions.

Vincenzo D’arpe: Director

Nominated: Best Short

22 – The Way the Cookie Crumbles

Just as the rolling stones sung a thousand times, in life ‘you can’t always get what you want’. But this also includes that at some points in your life you get exactly what you’ve asked for. This film is about joy and sadness, about love and anger and conquering your fears… cause thats the way the cookie crumbles.

Marcel El-Metwally: Director

Nominated: Best Short

23 – Getting Away with Reality

So Cal/Central Cal road trip. Featuring Tommy Witt and Sean Keany. Also staring: Sean Tully, Rodger Mahko, Joel and Tosh Tudor, Lauren Canavan and Jeff Belzer

Sean Keany: Director

Nominated: Best Short

24 – Sumber

Snowboarders from Mongolia, Niederland, France are in ancient Mongolia.

BATTULGA Gantulga: Director

Nominated: Best Short

25 – Balkan Express

Take a trip though the eyes of the guys who set their minds on the skies, Get an inside view of their world of dreaming to fly. See what it takes behind the scenes to get to these incredible places. Witness the joy that is shared in these moments of Pure bliss as they leave the Earth to experience flight. Following dreams takes some sweat and hard work but it all comes back to make an adventure of love.

Antonin MichaudSoret: Director

Nominated: Best Action Cam

26 – PAIGE

Follow the best female big wave surfer on the planet, Paige Alms on her journey in Hawaii to surf the biggest waves in the world while being a great inspiration to the next generation.

Bjarne Salen: Director

Nominated: Best Short


A surf exploration documentary project to one of the most remote places in the world, the desert of Morocco and Western Sahara.


Nominated: Best Photo

28 – Shades of Winter CONNECTS

In Shades of Winter CONNECTS, one of new short films Shades of Winter releases in fall 2018, creative producer Sandra Lahnsteiner shows what she continuously aims for: connecting to people and environments. Her main means: sports in all its facets.
Without knowing each other, pro mountain biker Hannah Barnes from Scotland and Austrian freeskier Sandra Lahnsteiner set off to a trip to Iceland together. Their plan is to explore the Troll Peninsula while doing both their sports: freeskiing and mountain biking.
Hannah however, is only an average skier; how will she feel following Sandra, a pro freeskier with steep skiing experience, into the backcountry? Will she be able to leave her comfort zone, and how can Sandra support her? Vice versa, Sandra will chase the mountain bike girl on the challenging single trails in the vast country of Iceland.
By putting on the others’ shoes, the athletes show unseen vulnerability when things turn messy and stressful.
The film Shades of Winter CONNECTS prompts the audience to connect and identify with Hannah and Sandra and become excited to see how they cope with the challenges along the way.

Sandra Lahnsteiner: Director

Nominated: Best Short

29 – The Spirit Of Flatness

Documentary film about traveling through the country of Finland, snowboarding and figuring out practice of this sport in such difficult (flat) geographical conditions, practically without any mountains. As you know Finland has some of the best snowboarders in the world, so we invited two interesting profesjonal riders – Janne Lipsanen and Axel Thelen to our trip. They will tell us and show us how can snowboarding be done in Finland In the film, we are driving deep in to the Arctic Circle and also show the highest mountain top where probably no one was ever riding on snowboard before .Axel and Janne like most of Finnish riders never saw their “mountains” ,thats why we decided to do this trip. In this Story we solve the mystery of such a big and the same time great culture of snowboarding there.

Paweł Jaworski: Director

Nominated: Best Feature, Best Cinematography, Best Drone

30 – We are the ROvers, NORWAY

3rd movie of the trilogy, We Are the Rovers Norway will take you on a fantastic human paramotoring adventure and make you discover the beauty of the untouched Norwegian sceneries. The movie will take you out on land, sea and in the air to make you have a feeling of the greatest of the country. The trip is rythmed by the sound of the propellers, the movement of the waves on the BeXplore Boat and the unfinishing roads in the Nomads Bus. A human adventure where laughs, discoveries and the unexpected make every moment unforgettable.”

Antonin Michaudsoret, Robin Montrau, Matthew Minyard: Director

Nominated: Best Photo

31 – Evolution of Dreams

What happens when the passion fades for your dreams? Do you just stop? Or do you search for what’s missing and uncover new goals and dreams? Eva and Jackie’s journeys have taken them from regulated ski courses to big mountain skiing which allowed them more freedom. Throughout that journey, they’ve discovered another aspect of skiing, ski mountaineering. In this new discipline, they have to tackle new challenges and conquer new fears. It’s their evolution of dreams, watch how it all unfolds.

Carina Brunnauer: Director

Nominated: Best Feature

32 – Beyond the Peaks

Jokke Sommer, a world class professional wingsuit athlete, likes to push himself and to find new challenges. For a long time Jokke has dreamed of speed riding the famous 3 peaks of Switzerland : Eiger, Jungfrau and Mönch. To prepare and fulfill his dream, he will learn from one of the best speed riders in the world; French athlete, Valentin Delluc. Follow this incedible journey from the long training sessions in Chamonix to the final attempts in Lauterbrunnen Valley. Discover the lifestyle, the doubts , the risks, and rewards of these incredible athletes. Discover what it is Beyond the Peaks.

Shams: Director

Nominated: Best Cinematography

33 – The 3D’s , Dream, Dig, Dare

Spiros Badios is an action sports athlete and cinematographer from the Greek island of Corfu. Since a very young age, snowboarding was his insane dream. Without the ability of being close to a mountain he worked hard his way up into the snowboard community of Greece as a motivational and true rider to the core. Surviving the “modern” world in a manic, wild and free way and here’s how he does it…

Spiros Badios: Director

Nominated: Best Feature

34 – The Sky Piercer

New Zealand is the land of adventure and “Sky Piercer” sees World Champion athletes Xavier De le Rue, Nadine Wallner and local Sam Smoothy take on the iconic peak of Mt. Cook.

With three weeks to prepare and scope the West face, Xavier and Nadine are confident that they will have the opportunity to tackle the mountain, but local Sam knows that weather in New Zealand is not so kind. As they wait for a weather window the trio adventure around the south island, surfing in the Caitlins, climbing and biking in Lake Wanaka, diving for Crayfish on the West Coast, bush-wacking and climbing to lines high in the alpine but the time is passing.

With a short pocket of weather opening on the final days of their stay, the team head out in gliders to get a good look at the face and define their lines. From the air the face glistens, hinting at the ice below, most people tell them they will not achieve the top and will have to turn back.

Leaving the hut just after midnight the team start their ascent in a howling gale, morale is low and they don’t feel they will make the top, but with 24 hours left, they have to try.

Jason Hancox: Director

Nominated: Best Feature

35 – Where The Desert Meets The Ocean

The Czech documentary “Where the Desert Meets the Ocean” captures a journey of four friends, surfers from a landlocked country, to ride one of the best waves in the world – the mysterious Skeleton Bay. In the middle of the African winter, they went to Namibia to experience the greatest adventure of their lives. Beyond waves and unreal natural sceneries, they have experienced countless adventures and learned a lot about themselves. A movie full of determination, clean shots of endless dunes, wild animals and waves absorbs the viewer through its visuals and an urgent desire for knowledge.

Véna Píša: Director

Nominated: Best Feature, Best Drone


MADE IN VENICE is as close as you’ll come to the heartbeat of skateboarding, from its birthplace on the streets of Venice — aka “Dogtown”— to the local skateboarders who have held it up as “tradition” from the early ‘70s, and still do today. This is the documentary film that captures the firsthand stories and recollections of 40-plus years of skateboarding, from its birthplace Dogtown that started with the now-legendary Z-Boys, and continued with the street-wise skateboarders turning Pro in the 80s, to pioneering “street skating”, and to their heroic achievement – getting the Venice Beach Skatepark built.
In candid and direct interviews, MADE IN VENICE captures the stories of the Venice legends and locals – counterculture characters who offer their insider’s look back at the early days of surviving the rough streets. They lived for skateboarding, and made it into a “lifestyle.”
Never-before-seen Super-8 and early video footage, along with rare black and white stills, take you “back to the day” — from innovative demos on the Boardwalk to skating the walls of the Pavilion — as the Venice skaters pushed the boundaries of street- skating and put it on the global map.
As you’ll see, when these guys skated the graffiti covered Venice Pavilion, it was all attitude — edgy, raw, dangerous, Punk Rock infused moves and speed. This was their unquestioned “Mecca” for skateboarding. Skaters came from all over the world to “ride” the Pavilion.
In the year 2000, when a city improvement plan turned their beloved Pavilion into a pile of rubble, the skaters realized they had to band together to do what seemed impossible: To finally get a skateboard park in Venice.
MADE IN VENICE documents the skaters’ challenges. How they had to trade fists for words to fight the battles at City Hall and get their points across. They created an official organization – the Venice Skate Association (VSA) – to gain respect. But there was still plenty of bull***t politics, secret meetings and special interest groups to stand up to throughout the struggle from concept to construction. Finally, the day arrived they had all been living for – the Venice Skatepark Dedication Day – one you’ll never forget after experiencing what’s possible. No matter what odds are stacked against you!
World famous street-skate pioneer, Jesse Martinez, is featured in MADE IN VENICE, and was there every step of the way, from the dream, to the first shovel of dirt, to designing the park with a group of legendary Venice skaters, to his unforgettable speech on Dedication Day, surrounded by thousands of people from all over West Los Angeles who came to celebrate the new skatepark and the heroes who made it happen for the community.
This is no ordinary skateboard story; it’s a “heroes’ journey,” featuring some of the most unlikely heroes you’ll ever meet… on film or in life. Because not only did the skateboarders of Venice dream of, believe in, design and build their skatepark, they can be found there today, cleaning off every speck of graffiti, and teaching world-class skateboarding tricks and techniques to the next generation — the Venice skateboard pros of the future. That’s what “community” means to the skateboarders of “Dogtown.” Tradition.
MADE IN VENICE tells it like it is, authentic, right down to the grit and grind of the struggle, and awesome success, of the Venice skaters. This is the their story of how they got a multi-million dollar, world-class skatepark for their community – forever known as Dogtown and the birthplace of skateboarding – just steps away from the waves, right on Venice Beach.

Jonathan Penson: Director

Nominated: Best Feature

37 – Blood & Steel: Cedar Crest Country Club

In the middle of nowhere lived an unexpected piece of skateboarding and punk music history. “The Crest”..a skateboarding mecca of the 80’s, a veritable metal monolith, tucked in the suburbs of the nation’s Capital. Here skateboarding and punk rock music collided and made history. “Blood and Steel: Cedar Crest Country Club” is the story of a one of a kind skateboarding playground that attracted skaters and bands from all over to create a legend. Featuring Tony Hawk, Bucky Lasek, Ian MacKaye, Bob Gorman, Tony Magnusson, Balsac the Jaws of Death, Allen Losi

Michael Maniglia: Director

Nominated: Best Feature

38 – Kalunga

The word ‘sea’ in Kimbundo is ‘Kalunga’. It refers to the Atlantic Ocean which rages against the Angolan coast, however ‘Kalunga’ is entwined with Angola’s history and also means ‘immensity’ and ‘death’.

It was by sea that Portuguese Navigators arrived, Angolan slaves departed and fishermen lost lives. Myths were born and fear grew leaving hundreds of miles of coastline unexplored, spurned for the dusty interior. War followed and stitched the coast with mines.

Now three international surfers accept the challenge: to travel the coast of Angola, from north to south, exploring a historic hinterland hidden by war. In doing so Alex, Chloé and Emiliano will know a country few have seen.

Between remote places and unlikely adventures they’ll find a small community of young Angolan surfers: a fearless generation who dream about the Angolan future and will change the meaning of ‘Kalunga’.

Theirs is a journey coinciding with a nation’s, a journey where surfing shows there is more beyond the waves, and reveals itself as an experience of social integration, cultural fusion and symbiosis with nature.

Bernardo Gramaxo: Director

Nominated: Best Feature, Best Cinematography, Best Music, Best Editing

Closing at 12:00 p.m.



Where and When: 19th of March 2019 – Venice (Italy)