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Friday, 22 February 2002

Amateurs & Pros Alike Shoot, Edit and Produce within72 Hours in Whistler
Whistler, Canada, February 19, 2002 —Following in the tradition of the esteemed Pro Photography Events at the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival (TWSSF), organizers have announced the creation of an exciting new Filmmaker Showdown. This inaugural event, open to pros and amateurs alike, will take place between April 12 and 17, 2002 in Whistler. The deadline to confirm participation is Monday, April 1.
The Filmmaker Showdown, part of the growing collection of EXPOSURE Multimedia Events at WSSF, invites filmmakers to enter the contest as individuals or teams. Filmmakers will be required to attend a meeting in Whistler on April 12 at 4pm, following which, they’ll be given 72 hours to shoot, edit and produce a film up to four-minutes, 30-seconds in length.  With so much to accomplish in so little time, strong teamwork will undoubtedly take on 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 a public gala event on April 17.
The concept for this Showdown is very exciting and follows many months of planning and consulting with key filmmakers in the industry to ensure its relevance in today’s world of filmmaking, says Catherine Yates, Multimedia Events Producer.  With the emergence of inexpensive, user-friendly technology such as digital video, DVD and editing software that allows a greater number of artists access to video and editing equipment, there’s no better time to launch this event, says Yates.
The event provides a unique venue for filmmakers of all levels of experience to showcase their talent either as the legend in film they may have become, or as the aspiring young filmmaker looking for that big break. TWSSF is renowned for showcasing all things innovative, and this new event will be watched throughout the industry for a glimpse into the future of film, says Yates.

Like the Pro Photography Events, which have developed a cult-like following among audiences repeatedly inspired by their dramatic fusion of photography and music, the Filmmaker Showdown is destined to follow. Whistler is the ultimate venue, and WSSF the ultimate backdrop. Many filmmakers and photographers live in Whistler for the inspiration that the unparalleled beauty of the landscape provides. The added vibrancy of TWSSF provides even more muse. The results from the 72-hour shoot will therefore, be no doubt eclectic and inspiring.

Entry Procedure:  All interested Filmmakers are asked to visit the WSSF website at www.wssf.com for detailed contest rules, regulations and registration. Please note that Filmmakers must provide their own cameras and editing equipment. After reading and understanding the contest rules and regulations, interested filmmakers are asked to complete the Filmmaker Contest Registration.

Entries and inquiries should be directed to:
Catherine Yates
Multimedia Events Producer
TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival
10-1006 Lynham Road
Whistler, BC   Canada     V0N 1B1
Tel: 604-938-3399 (extension 8)       
Fax: 604-938-3398
Email: cyates@w1world.com

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