A Series Of Free Film Festivals About Street Art And Skateboarding Is Coming To Bristol

By Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd


An indoor skate ramp will also be installed in the auditorium.

If we couldn’t get enough of the exhibition about Bristol’s role in the global street art movement that’s currently at M Shed, Vanguard is now launching a series of three film festivals in partnership with Vans. The series will show a selection of films capturing the international street art and skate scene, featuring Q&As with ground-breaking directors, world renowned skateboarders and street art’s biggest names.

Known as Vanguard x Vans: On The Screen, the series of film festivals include Vans Film Festival, Shextreme Film Festival and Vanguard Film Festival, all of which will take place throughout September and October at Arnolfini in Bristol. Better yet, the tickets are free of charge, however they must be booked in advance on Arnolfini’s website.


Vans Film Festival will celebrate the DIY spirit of skateboarding and street art, followed by Shextreme Film Festival focusing on the incredible women making waves in extreme sports and adventure and finally Vanguard Film Festival which delves into the rebellious history of the global street art movement. Alongside the films, the events will feature discussions with some of the scenes’ leading players including Goldie, skateboard documentary director, Annika Ranin, and acclaimed New York street art photographer, Martha Cooper.

Taking place on September 12, 11:30am-7pm, Vans Film Festival, curated by Doc’n Roll Films, will screen skateboard documentary Boarders, IDLES documentary Don’t Go Gentle and street art story A Love Letter For You, alongside a host of skateboarding shorts. Director of Boarders Annika Ranin will be joining for a post-film Q&A all about the changing face of global skateboarding, while former IDLES bandmember Andy Stewart and IDLES AF Group founder Lindsay Melbourne will be talking about finding strength in vulnerability through music.


Credit: Lindsay Melbourne

On October 23, 2pm-10pm, Arnolfini will host the Shextreme Film Festival, which is the world’s first festival celebrating women in extreme sports and adventure. A selection of films will be screened exploring skating in warzones, female skate photographers and the intersection of skating and dance, plus short films produced in Shextreme’s Skate to Screen workshop earlier in the summer.

An indoor skate ramp will also be installed in Arnolfini’s auditorium and the festival will feature panel discussions with leading female figures in skate and adventure sport including Gabby Darriet-Jones, founding director of female-focused skate brand Artemis Skate Co., Bex Band, founder of Love Her Wild and Jo Mosely, the first female paddleboarder to sup 162 miles on the Coast to Coast Trail.

Credit: Dan Brinzac

Lastly, on October 24, 12pm-8pm, the Vanguard Film Festival will feature screenings of three classic street art films including Charlie Ahearn’s Wild Style regarded as the first hip hop feature film. Plus, the festival will screen Dick Fontaine’s Bombin’, a deep dive into US hip hop’s influence on the 80s British street art scene, and Martha: A Picture Story, which details the story of Martha Cooper, one of the first photographers to capture 70s New York street art. Post-film, attendees can watch a panel discussion with Goldie, Charlie Ahearn and Martha Cooper as they discuss the rebellious beginnings of the global street art movement.

Vanguard is a collective of artists, specialists and collectors involved in the global street art movement. The Evolution of a Global Movement exhibition will be at M Shed until October 31. For tickets and more information, visit their website here.