Women Of The Sea

Women have been under-represented within the male-dominated surf industry for too long.

We need to change this narrative. Let's claim our space.

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Women of the Sea Film Fund

Presented by Finisterre and London Surf / Film Festival, we ran a film competition to celebrate the bravery and fortitude shown by women of the sea. Open to all women filmmakers, we invited you to submit a pitch that champions women making waves and commandeering space in the lineup. The winning submission received a £5000 grant (or the equivalent rate in €, $, or CA$) to help make their project, and the final film will be premiered on the big screen as part of the line up at London Surf / Film Festival 2024.

Photograph by Rose Ward

Introducing Salt by Alice Ward

The winner of our 2024 Film Grant is Alice Ward, who blew us away with her pitch for Salt. A Cystic Fibrosis warrior and advocate from Dublin, Salt follows the threads of Alice's relationship with Cystic Fibrosis, which causes elevated levels of salt in the body, and her experience in the sea as a way to help manage her condition. Produced in collaboration with the London Surf / Film Festival, the film will be premiered at the Festival in October 2024.

Introducing The Granny Grommets

In 2023, Leah Rustomjee was the winner and recipient of our first Finisterre International Women’s Day Film Grant. Winner of the Peoples Choice Award, her heartwarming film about a group of over 50s ladies who have taken to the waves shows that there is no age limit to enjoying the ocean. Watch the trailer and read more about this special group based in West Australia.

Supporting Women and Girls in the Water

During March 2023, we hosted a series of film nights across our stores, premiering Finisterre Ambassador Sally McGee's film 'Out Of Step', following her young family's adventure into the wilderness of the Baja California desert. A portion of the ticket sales went to Yonder Surf Academy CIC to support their work.

Yonder Surf Academy CIC

Yonder CIC works with women and girls to build confidence, self-esteem and positive mental health, both in and out of the ocean.

Demi Taylor, Festival Director

“Since 2011 we’ve been privileged to premiere some 250 films, championing those creatives who bring fresh perspectives and new lines of story telling to surfing and surf culture, so we’re delighted to be working with our friends at Finisterre to bring this incredible opportunity to life”

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