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

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer


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 launched a series of 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 Shextreme Film Festival and Vanguard Film Festival, which will take place this October at Arnolfini in Bristol. Better yet, the tickets are free of charge, however they must be booked in advance on Arnolfini’s website.


Shextreme Film Festival focusses on the incredible women making waves in extreme sports and adventure, Vanguard Film Festival delves into the rebellious history of the global street art movement and Vans Film Festival, which took place on September 12, celebrated the DIY spirit of skateboarding and street art. Alongside the films, the events will feature discussions with some of the scenes’ leading players including Goldie and acclaimed New York street art photographer, Martha Cooper.

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.

Credit: Dan Brinzac

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.

Then, 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.

Credit: Lindsay Melbourne

Last month saw M Shed host the Vans Film Festival, curated by Doc’n Roll Films, which screened 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 joined the post-film Q&A talking all about the changing face of global skateboarding, while former IDLES bandmember Andy Stewart and IDLES AF Group founder Lindsay Melbourne talked about finding strength in vulnerability through music.

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.

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