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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

International Skate Film Festival

This month marks the second annual International Skateboard Film Festival and the dates just got released today (see inlet on the left).

Skateboarding is one of the only “sports” that carries an artistic element in it: not only do skaters skate, but they feel the need to express their creativity by filming their skate sesh. It’s been thirty years now since the first Bones Brigade video was released and skateboarders from all around the world have been nourished with images and sounds that communicate the fundamentals of the skateboard culture.
Since the first Powell videos movies and videos has obviously become a huge part of skateboarding culture and its importance has ultimately been boosted by the emergence of all-access web sites (like that show skate videos on demand.

The boss of the festival, Fabrice Le Mao, has majored in American Literature, French Literature, and English and started skateboarding in the late 70’s. In a recent interview, he said that: “Helping a friend with his skatezine gave me the kick for writing in the purpose of sharing my passion. So I’ve been a journalist/author since I left college.” The idea for the Festival came after browsing on the web, when Fabrice found SkateDater. He recalls that “I found out that it won the Short Film category at the Cannes Film Festival in 1966. I was floored! Having a foot in surfing and seeing so many film festivals in surfing, I started dreaming about a film festival dedicated to skateboarding only where the true core of skateboarding could meet the film industry in someways and the general public.

The idea behind the International Skateboard Academy started during a conversation between Le Mao and Stacy Peralta. Fabrice remembers saying to Stacy: “I want to form a “Grand Jury” for this… like the Academy.” And “voilà”… it came from there.”

As soon as next year, the Festival will have events in Europe, Biarritz, to be more precise, and Shanghai for Asia.

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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Tuesday, October 11, 2011 

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This festival has no merit and is purely exploitive. Enough said. Fabrice, who is the founder, is horrible and has no real roots in skateboarding.

July 20, 2012 at 1:14 AM  

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