Words: Wavescape Media
An adventure sports film contest, Wavescape Shortcuts, has been launched to celebrate South Africa's growing passion for extreme sports.
Short films are a great format for sharing stoke in the Internet age, and the popularity of adventure sports is higher then ever. With the advent of quality, easy to use action cams like GoPro, almost anyone with passion can tell an adventure story and share it with a wide online audience.
Wavescape Director Ross Frylinck says "We have seen the exponential growth of adventure sport short films over the last decade at the Wavescape Surf Festival and on www.wavescape.co.za. Shortcuts has been created to celebrate and support this movement in SA".
Adventure sports films covering surfing, skating, kitesurfing, bodyboarding, MTB, snowboarding are all welcomed. Film entries need to be between 30 seconds and 5 minutes in length, and can explore all aspects and angles through documentary, stop-frame, animation or anything in between.
Dewald de Jager of GoPro says “GoPro is making it so easy to create, manage, edit and share high quality video using innovations like the GoPro app and newly released GoPro Studio. Anyone can now download the GoPro Studio application for free and edit a great video using one of the templates provided. It is that easy. "
"We're delighted to be part of the Wavescape Shorts Film Contest", says Marié van Niekerk, Marketing Director of BOS Ice Tea. It creates a wonderful platform for self expression within the realm of natural sports and ties in wonderfully with our philosophy of Joy through Creativity."
The contest launches 20 September and runs until 30 November 2013. Winning entries will be screened at the Wavescape Surf Festival in Cape Town in December. Prizes include R30,000 in GoPro cameras, a custom BOS surfboard, years supply of BOS drinks and R5,000 cash bonus if the winning film was shot on a GoPro camera. Entries can be submitted online at www.wavescape.co.za/video/shortcuts-2013.html