SAL – Surf at Lisbon Film Fest is an event that came on the portuguese film festival scene on 2012 with the goal of ending the lack of an event dedicated to the best surf films produced in the world, having as a venue the home of all the major film festivals in the country, Cinema São Jorge, in Lisbon.
With the permanent goal to blend a carefully managed high standard selection with an artistic side that can enhance all the other aspects of surfing, SAL is presently a solid event, having contributed to show the world not only the best international productions, but also revealed a lot of national talent.
Arts (art, photography, music, writing), the history and the social side of surfing have always been present on all four editions of SAL, where other than films it has been the event’s intention to highlight the role surfing and art can have when they come together, creating a sort of symbiosis that works as an independent branch of art or even a branch of the surfing world.
Within the scope of this approach, SALt – SAL on tour naturally appears as an extension of the event beyond the capital´s city boundaries, aiming to take the concept and the films here and there in the country, sometimes integrated in events sharing the same way of looking at surfing, which goes well beyond the physical act of gliding on waves.
SAL is one of the reflexes that a more profound and artistic approach can have in the surf culture – in this case through moving images and the celebration of the surf culture.