Film Maker Showdon 2006
Storytellers in the visual medium are once again invited to make history creating their own individual expressions of life during the Filmmaker Showdown, at this year's TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler, B.C. The call for participants is now underway, open to anyone who loves to make films – amateurs and professionals, teams or individuals. Then on April 18th at the TELUS Conference Centre, the gala Showdown event is open to anyone who wants to witness the cutting edge of creative filmmaking. The infamous competition, now in its 5th year, is a major event at the TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival's legendary 10-day celebration fusing music, arts and sports from April 14-23.
Emerging and veteran filmmakers both agree – there's nothing like communicating your own personal vision by immortalizing it in film. For once, you can be exonerated for blowing the budget, excused for staying up late filming all night, and working at a frenzied pace to complete a creative interpretation all your own. The icing on the experience – the chance to win a prize package worth $10,000, and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of showcasing your film to a live audience of 2000 people for the final Showdown. The winning film is then featured in an international television special to be aired in 50 countries. Previous winners have also received significant exposure, including screenings for the Directors Guild of Canada, at the 2003 Squaw Valley Film Festival, and the 2003 World of Comedy International Film Festival in Toronto. The films of past winners can be viewed at www.whistler2006.com/film.
Filmmakers will be let loose in Whistler with just 72 hours to shoot, edit and produce short films ranging from three to four-and-a half minutes. There are no boundaries on content, but all footage must be shot within 100-kilometres of Whistler. With films ranging from the bizarre to the beautiful, the grand finale of the Filmmaker Showdown will screen up to eight finalists to an esteemed panel of judges that will crown one "Best of Show". Tickets for this not-to-be-missed gala evening cost $15 and are available online at www.whistler2006.com/estore.
Due to the popularity of the Filmmaker Showdown, advance registration is highly recommended. Entries may still be accepted, but not guaranteed, at a meeting required for all participants at the TELUS Conference Centre on Friday April 14 at 9am in Whistler. The deadline for guaranteed entry is April 3rd. The competition begins following the meeting at 10am. You can register your intent to participate and read up about all the filming details at www.whistler2006.com/film/entry.