There are six finalist crews that will be given the privilege to compete in the Intersection action sports film competition at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival that will be held in Whistler, British Columbia on April 16th at the Whistler Conference Centre. These were recently announced and the film teams will converge to present their offering and see who takes away the prize.
The event is now in its fourth year and usually produces some pretty amazing sports productions. This year’s crews include the Manboys of Whistler, BC, Ryan Kenny and Ben Webb of Whistler, Brian Hockenstein, Simplestix Productions which is internationally focused, Calloused Media Group and west coast based KSM Collective.
The crews that have been invited will set about to create a short film of the skiing and snowboarding action that can go up to a maximum length of seven minutes. All of the elements of the projects will be their own responsibility and they will need to do all of the shooting, editing and production work themselves. All of this must be completed within seven days. Generally the timeframe has been set for the week that precedes the Festival itself and this year, for the first time, the crews are shooting in late March and will bring their productions to the event. Crews are also expected to complete at least 30 seconds of shooting that captures the atmosphere at Whislter Blackcomb and includes aspects of their terrain and footage of the surrounding area which still falls within the bounds of the seven day deadline. The rules also require that 75 percent of the production is filmed on snow and that in its entirety, the location must stay within the bounds of 100 km of Whistler.
When asked why the change in production scheduling, the Multimedia Events Producer, Jaime Kerrigan, explained that they had received some degree of feedback from participants at past events that made the switch seem plausible. It was assumed that the weather conditions might be more optimized in late March and thus there might be more snow which would make filming easier not only for the crews but for the participants as well. Kerrigan said that by altering the filming dates, those that were involved in the creation of the projects would be available to get engaged in the competition itself and be able to enjoy the event rather than putting the bulk of their focus on the technical aspects of creating their film. Often, crews are completing other projects in the month of March and thus can harness that momentum and bring it to the table when they are completing the films for the Festival.
The contest kicked off on Wednesday, March 19th and was completed on March 26th, 2014 with a submission deadline of 10 am on that day. The winner will collect a total prize of $10,000 for the top film and all of the runner up crews will also receive a runner-up prize of $1000 for their participation in the event.