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Five Mountain Film Festivals

Five Mountain Film Festivals

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By Ben Raphael
posted: 12/08/2005


WORLD SKI AND SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL FILMMAKER SHOWDOWN * WHISTLER, B.C.
A small part of Whistler's end-of-season blowout, the Show-down has a simple conceit: Film crews have 72 hours to make a three- to four-minute film. Topics include everything from"freestyle walking" to surreal meditations on plant life. Last year, local Robyn Taylor's satire about breakfast (shot almost entirely upside-down) took home the grand prize, a $5,000 video camera. (April 19, whistler2006.com/film)

30TH ANNUAL BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL * BANFF, AB
The mother of all mountain celluloid fests has morphed into a weeklong extravaganza. Last year's crowd favorite was a comedy spoofing Whistler's dating scene that featured talking (and disturbing) dolls. Can't make the big event? The annual tour stops at 250 locations in nearly 30 countries. (October 29-November 6, banffcentre.ca)

3RD ANNUAL STOWE MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL * STOWE, VT
Five weeks of films and forums featur-ing homegrown artists (Meathead Films, Stowe's Jay Goss) and athletes (extreme-skiing legends Jon Egan and Adam DesLauriers). The grand finale: a New Year's Eve screening (movie TBD) and a live show by Vermont's up-and-coming jam band, Named by Strangers. (November 26-December 30, highanglemedia.com)

6TH ANNUAL SQUAW VALLEY WIN-TER FILM FESTIVAL * SQUAW, CA
Expect to bump into big-name locals like Shane McConkey and Ingrid Backstrom. Seven films made the cut last year-everything from Matchstick's Yearbook to local student (and rising-star skier) Dylan de Vre's short Effervescence. Not only that, the festival ended with a screening of the brash ski-movie mockumentary Gapers Gone Wild. (November 25-26, squaw.com)

3RD ANNUAL COLD SMOKE AWARDS * BOZEMAN, MT
This one's so grassroots that film company Teton Gravity Research was denied entry last year. Films are judged in eight categories (Best Hairball, Best Powder, etc.), and last spring several hundred people showed up for the Academy Awards-style ceremony and after-party. Organizers-a group of Bridger Bowl locals-are threatening to take Cold Smoke's films on tour. (April 7, coldsmokeawards.com)

NOVEMBER 2005

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