Javier Varillas was born in Salamanca (Spain) where he started skateboarding in 2001. It was in 2007 when Varillas sparked an interest in documenting the life and travels of skateboarders, this is when his journey as an amateur skateboard videographer began. In 2011, his first independent skate video Harder Than It Seems was released, where Varillas showed the incipient state of his audiovisual style. His second full-length, Každýden, came in 2016. This video documented the skateboarding and life of the emerging (and genuine) Pilsen’s Pessertive Crew from 2014 to 2016. During the last two years of his stay in Pilsen (2017-2018), Javier Varillas filmed (with the help of Michal Majer) and conceptualized his new independent skateboard video, The Ultimate Pessertive Remix. The video captures skating by Martin Meliš, Filip Sauer, Javier Varillas, Pavel Hiršl, Michal Majer, Lumír Benda, and Jakub Karlík, and is shot by Javier Varillas and Michal Majer with a Panasonic SDR camcorder.
The 20-minute skate video collects the day-and-night highlights of the Pilsen’s Pessertive Crew and their supporting squad (Pessertivity). The conceptual content is separated into 6 remixed, interconnected sections that meticulously intertwine contemporary bits with the rough sound and movement of street and DIY skating, where creativity and spontaneity are the fundamental audiovisual and skateboarding the identity of the entire film.
The Ultimate Pessertive Remix displays a fresh portrait of not only the Pilsen skate scene but also of the currently healthy state of independent Czech (and European) skateboarding.
Check it out on Thursday 26th at the Brioni Hotel in Fažana starting from 8pm.
The diversity of styles, personalities, and cultures in NYC are what makes skateboarding here exceptional. Ricardo Napoli’s video Ciao, filmed entirely in New York, is dedicated to the creative minds from the five boroughs and across the globe who make this city what it is.
Ricardo Napoli is a Brazilian born photographer and videographer who has called New York City home since a young age. His work over more than a decade of shooting professionally spans from fashion and commercial photography/videography to documentation of works by premier contemporary artists, but his roots stemming from skateboarding run deep and it is a constant source of inspiration for his independent projects. His works can be seen in books and magazine publications worldwide, he has also supplied visual goods for major sneakers and skateboard brands.
Thursday 26th at the Brioni hotel in Fažana. See you there!
Obsession 2009, Tomaž Šantl‘s To Ni Hec is one of the most influential skate videos in Balkan 2000s era. An amazing skating with an even more amazing soundtrack with the Film crew packed all together. We can’t choose a better place to celebrate its 10th birthday right here on Vladimir.
History will be written again on the 26th of September on Thursday night at the hotel Brioni in Fažana.
Grinding the country by Olivier Lambert is a short documentary about skateboarding in a small village in France. With less than 1500 inhabitants, Chaulgnes is the typical French country village. At the end of the ’90s, the arrival of skateboarding has changed the lives of the inhabitants. And has launched generations of riding and punk-rock music lovers.
The screening of Grinding the country takes place in the Valli cinema in Pula on the 28th of September starting from 8pm.
Dávid Mikulán is an intermedia artist who graduated from the Fine Art University, Budapest. Amongst numerous group and solo exhibitions, he has collaborated with the Conceptual Soundproductions Budapest, Kolibri Theatre and the Hungarian State Opera. His multidisciplinary works reflect on how public spaces have an effect on social structures.
If accidentally we had to explain to UFOs what Eastern Europe means, we are now in an easy position. Simply place them in a comfortable chair and start this video.
Reactions is made by skateboarders in Debrecen and it’s all about the low-key, depression, discomfort, and the compulsive destruction of another’s joy. It draws on a defective perception of the public space, which necessarily leads to a lack of community experience, depression, loneliness, alienation. The movie takes place in a world where everyone has their own panel to get home and get drunk, beat your family members, stare at the TV or cut your blood vessels. Keep the streets quiet, abandoned, let the trash blow in the wind because it can be tossed out the window, because the streets are public, so it belongs to nobody.
Check this one out on Saturday 28th at the Valli cinema in Pula starting from 8pm.
You Slid Through is capturing the adventures of four back seat drivers – each with an impeccable eye for lane placement in left-hand drive vehicles – through the mountainous vistas, and terrifyingly burly transition of the Pacific Northwest. Featuring Hallford, JThaxx, and Sox. Filmed and edited by Jackson Davis. Buckle up on Friday night in Fažana starting from 8pm!
Dorkzone 2 – Le Boxx is an arty evolution of the first Dorkzone project. The idea behind the project is to produce content that gives access to skate culture that isn’t just focused on tricks and good skating. This time around the animations have evolved from stop-motion cardboard cut-outs to hand-drawn flowy cell animations from Mike all once again set against an original soundtrack from Sondre Mortensen. The film stars Gabbe Viking, Mimmi Leckius, Moa Zander, Amandus Mortensen, and Sondre Mortensen.
The Dorkzone videos are the tip of the iceberg to the Dorkzone universe, which has evolved into creative workshops that teach kids animation, giant skatepark murals, books, exhibitions and soundtracks.
Names behind this project: Mike O’Shea, Nils Svensson, and Phil Evans.
We have a pleasure of catching it on Sunday 29th at the National park Brijuni.
Photo by Henry Kingsford
Jim Craven is coming to us with Pearls, a project exploring the European works of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Dotted across the continent, Calatrava’s buildings and bridges follow a design style that makes his work uniquely skateable. Featuring an ensemble cast of Carhartt WIP riders including Sylvain Tognelli, Ollie Lock, Joe Gavin, Gabriel Engelke, and Jonas Skroder.
I’m still filming it so I don’t know exactly but it’ll be about 10 minutes long.
The video plays at the Brijuni island on Sunday the 29th of September.
A few short films by Tom Wilk will be presented on Friday 28th in Fažana followed by a photo exhibition. We asked Tom for a few words about him and his project:
Keeping it moving since 1981. Born in Poland, raised in Canada, and currently residing in London UK, when not exploring new countries and continents. Skateboarding, travel, and having fun is the motto! Got hooked on skateboarding in 1996 and can’t stop, won’t stop! Grew up skating the streets of Windsor Ontario, Detroit, and Toronto – and trapped in that Golden Era Forever! Skateboarding is my Fountain Of Youth and Universal Language!!! Never take yourself too serious… and stay positive! Fuck The Rat Race!
These short films called “Mustapha” are just a random idea that I came up with while visiting various countries, most of it was filmed hungover and drunk! Honestly, I really just wanted to showcase the city/country a little bit while have a good laugh and creating some memorable content with friends, in between the tricks and beers! Hopefully these (the short films) will make a great addition to Vladimir Film Festival, especially as little fillers videos between the longer screenings, and to get peeps laughing.
Waltz is a short skateboarding film done by Spencer Legebokoff looking through the lens of finesse, quick feet, and style- opposed to hefty drops and massive rails. It looks to loosely parallel skateboarding to forms of dance by following a mainly untraditional soundtrack graced by the genre of jazz, while still retaining the classic skate-film feel and it explores the moods of skating at all times of the day- whether it be a sunny afternoon or a late-night lurk.
You can catch this projection on Thursday 27th at the Brioni hotel in Fažana from 20 h.
Filmed almost entirely in the West Kootenay region of BC Canada, no cobblestone, granite, or marble is in sight- spots are few and far between, rough, and require much more of a hustle to skate. “Waltz” looks to accentuate and beautify skateboarding as individuals manipulate and move through space in ways that are graceful and organic.
We all hear news about Palestine every once in a while. Still most of us don’t realize how tough life out there is. There is nothing simple about this place. The West Bank is a landlocked territory near the Mediterranean coast at the Middle East. When the founders of the one and only Palestinian skate camp invited the Absurd team to visit their project we didn’t think twice about going there.
Yalla Yalla is a short documentary about the SkateQilya summer skate camp located near the city of Qalqilya, Palestine. Starring Gosha Konyshev, Kirill Korobkov and SkateQilya campers with the guest appearance by Nestor Judkins and Kenny Reed. Filmed and edited by Gosha Konyshev. Photos by Kirill Korobkov. Screening is set in Fažana’s old square on Friday 28th from 20:00 h.
Building DIY skate obstacles on every stop on the way and skating them on the way back while traveling with an Ape Piaggio. Who does that!? Well, Simone Verona and Giovanni Grazzani from Dumb Skateboards just did! Check out Dumb Ape Tour on Friday 28th in Fažana’s old square and see how this endeavor went down!
What we do is skating, trying to film with all the friends from the team, make some videos sometimes, sell to the shops when we have time and use the company as an excuse for our dumb projects!
This project was a collaborative effort between like-minded people I’ve met over the years. The idea behind Simple is that skateboarding, the passion and the culture surrounding it is what’s pushing you forward and laying the groundwork for future generations.
Brothers is about the metaphoric circle that is life and shows specific periods during the day that aren’t complete unless they’re viewed as a whole and shared with your brothers. This film was shot over the last year and a half and uses a mix of older, nostalgic moments with a soundtrack that is closely connected to the theme and the individual personalities of each skater. Shot and edited by Nino Jurlina, Brothers is playing on Friday 30th at the Piazza Grande in Fažana.
Photo; Alex Hallford. BS Noseblunt. Glasgow, Scotland. Photo by Rich West
Lovenskate brings you Don’t worry Gordo, the universe will get us there featuring the skating of Lucy Adams, Alex Barton, Ewen Bower, Alex Hallford, Dan Hill, Donald Karbonkel, Robbin Oost, Lee Santer, Jordan Thackeray, Aaron Wilmot, and friends. Filmed and edited by Jackson Davis. Screening in Fažana on Friday 28th.
What with world travel, the comp circuit and wanderlust (refusal to get phone credit), it’s hard to pin our crew down, but filmer Jackson Davis has been hot on their heels throughout the Eurozone and beyond, VX in hand.
South Africa’s tragic colonial history has resulted in extreme inequality, corruption, and record crime rates. Gender equality is written into today’s South African Constitution, but in reality, even Born Free girls and women suffer from a harshly patriarchal tradition. One NGO, however, uses skateboarding to break down barriers…
Check out Get Used to It at the cinema Kino Valli on Saturday 29th. The documentary is produced by Blam Studio and directed by Bemo Lundgren.