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Filmmaker Showdown

posted: 04/15/2003

Whistler, BC March 11, 2003 - Filmmakers are eagerly pulling their production teams together in anticipation of the 2nd Filmmaker Showdown, April 11-16, as part of the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival in Whistler. With the success of the inaugural Showdown already proven by the winning filmmaker's instant rise to fame - the 2nd Filmmaker Showdown has already attracted huge interest from production teams keen to enter this year's contest.

Open to pros and amateurs, the deadline to confirm participation in the Filmmaker Showdown is Thursday, April 3. The Showdown, to be held April 16 and open to the public, will be staged in the majestic setting of the Macdonald Ballroom in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

The Filmmaker Showdown, part of the growing collection of multimedia events at the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival, invites filmmakers to enter the contest as individuals or teams. Filmmakers will be required to attend a meeting in Whistler on Friday April 11 at 10am, following which, they'll be given 72 hours to shoot, edit and produce a film up to 4 minutes, 30 seconds in length. With so much to accomplish in so little time, strong teamwork will undoubtedly take a key role. Only work completed during this timeframe will be accepted. An independent judging panel will view all entries and will choose six to screen at the gala event on April 16.

The event provides a unique venue for filmmakers of all levels of experience to showcase their talent under the immense pressure of producing their work in a restricted timeframe. Entrants can be either established legends in film, or aspiring young filmmakers looking for that big break.

Last year's inaugural Filmmaker Showdown attracted 24 team entries into the 72-hour contest. With more than 500 people attending the Showdown, the Whistler Conference Centre was transformed into a hothouse of filming talent as the finalists showed off their mini masterpieces to an animated audience.

The winning film, a side splitting comedy called "The Last Cigarette" by Mirrorball Productions has risen to fame since its debut at the Showdown. Directed by Martin Prihoda, the film also involved team-mates Lorna Carmichael and Ryan Harris. After being shown at the Director's Guild of Canada general meeting, it went on to win the 2002 Giggle Shorts Film Festival, in Toronto (Best Director), and came 2nd in the 2002 West Fest Short Film Festival in Abilene, Texas. Its most recent achievement was being chosen as one of the finalists in the 2003 Actors Bone Short Film Festival in Hollywood." The film has also been shown this year at the Slam Dunk Film Festival in Park City, Utah, the World of Comedy International Film Festival in Toronto, and the Edmonton Film Festival last weekend. The film is being distributed by Big Film Shorts in California.

"We're totally stoked about the success of our film since it won the Filmmaker Showdown at last year's Festival," says winning director Martin Prihoda of Mirrorball Productions. "The turnout to last year's event was overwhelming. The event was so well supported and I'm already planning to enter this year."

Festival chairman Doug Perry says: "The Festival is always seeking ways to create new opportunities for artists to express their talents. The recognition that Mirrorball Productions received since debuting here demonstrates how powerful a medium this Showdown can be to boost the careers of young filmmakers."

Entries and inquiries should be directed to:
Tamsyn Morote
Multimedia Events Coordinator
C/o Inspired Group - Producers of Multimedia Events for TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival
18 - 1005 Alpha Lake Road, Whistler, BC V0N 1B1
Tel: 604.905.2799
Fax: 604.905.2593

Tickets for the Filmmaker Showdown will be available two weeks in advance. Limited tickets will be available at the door although the event is expected to sell out. The Showdown will start at 8pm.

The Filmmaker Showdown is presented by W1, Stance and Elements Magazine.

The 8th TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival is a 10-day high-energy event fusing sports, music and action, April 11-20. The Festival highlights include: Ripzone Snowboard Invitational; free DKNY//JEANS LIVE Outdoor Concert Series; Garnier Fructis World Skiing Invitational featuring Salomon Big Air and Superpipe; Pro Photographer Search and Showdown, presented by Sony; Filmmaker Showdown; RBC Olympic FanFair and RBC Rink on the Mountain; Super Demo Days; Snow Film Fiesta; Whistler DogFest; Saab Salomon Crossmax Series; Sawtooth Adrenaline Film Festival; Kranked 5; and the Kokanee Freeride.

The TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival is presented in partnership by Whistler Blackcomb, Tourism Whistler, and W1.

About W1
W1 is a Whistler-based design and production agency specializing in sports and entertainment, best known for founding and developing the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival. Designed eight years ago by W1's president Doug Perry, the Festival has grown exponentially into one of the largest events of its kind in the world, driving and showcasing innovation in snowsports, music and visual arts. For further information please visit

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