Film events step up to the plate in Whistler for TELUS

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 16, 2011 5:10 pm

Intersection is the newest exciting event to be added to the incredible TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival line-up. Taking the core components of this epic 10 day festival; snow sports, music and arts, and filling a niche market for action sports filmmaking, Intersection is the ultimate filmmaking event for action sports companies. A number of filmmaking snow sports groups were contacted about a show of interest, and six teams have subsequently been invited, and each immediately awarded $1000, to compete in this incredible new competition. Teams are provided with 7 days, from Tuesday April 12th to April 19th, to produce a 5-7 minute short film, whilst staying with a few specific parameters. Included in the prerequisites, the film must be shot within 100km of Whistler Blackcomb, all footage must be recorded within that 7 day span, 30 seconds must be in-bound Whistler Blackcomb terrain, 30 seconds must be terrain park footage, and 75% of the entire film must be on-snow. The films will be shown at a public ticketed event on Wednesday April 20th, where the Grand Prize Winning Team will walk, or ski, away with a mind-blowing $15,000 in cash and prizes.

TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival’s two other film-based events, the 72hr Filmmaker Showdown ( and Film 10 (, a celebration of the decade long aforementioned Filmmaker Showdown, are set to be incredible showcases of artistic talent. The adrenaline filled 3 day challenge that is the Filmmaker Showdown is upping the ante by awarding double the 2010 prize money for Best in Show. A remarkable $10,000 has been allocated for first prize and solidifies the Filmmaker Showdown as an event far beyond child’s-play. This is the real deal. And to celebrate the leaps and bounds that Filmmaker Showdown has made in its 10 year lifetime, a new event, Film 10 emerges. Event Producer Lilli Clark says “Film 10 will be a chance for us to recognise the gems of our flagship film event on this substantial anniversary. With Filmmaker Showdown already sold out, Film 10 is sure to be the go-to event for film buffs and media fans!” Awarding $4500 in prizes to Best Performance, Best Use of Prop, Best Visual Effects, Best Stunts, Best Cinematography, Best Costumes, and more, Film 10 will be a nostalgic and side-splitting night of memories and mayhem not to be missed!

Intersection: This is the ultimate event.  Film.  Skiing.  Riding.  Adrenaline.  Core.  Creativity. Congratulations to the competing teams. And the Finalists are:

June Bhongjan & Joe Carlino from Peep Show Films & Videograss:

Joe Carlino worked for Transworld Snowboarding magazine for the last 4 years running the snow video department. Joe co-produced, shot and edited, “In Color” which won snowboard video of the year 2009/2010. Joe now works for Videograss Films which is a collective of 7 filmmakers creating 3 snowboard DVDs this winter. June Bhongjan graduated from UCLA School of Arts where she was first introduced to video art.  June (along with Esthera Preda) co-founded Peepshow Films, an all-female grassroots snowboard project.  Peepshow is currently in production on their third video.

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Toy Soldier Productions:

Toy Soldier Productions was started in September 2009 when Justin Brodin recruited fellow filmmakers Andy Hahn, Jonny Durst and Shane Dowaliby to produce a Montana-based ski & snowboard film called Come Find Us. This year, Toy Soldier Productions is working on its second full-length film, Set Your Sights. Toy Soldier Productions believes that what happens behind the lens is equally as important as what happens in front of it. We are constantly refining our technique and visual style in an attempt to make an impact on the ski & snowboard world.


Dendrite Studios:

Dendrite Studios is a creative production company focused on the visual outdoors. We are committed to showing a new perspective on adventure. Our debut film, “Out of the Shadows,” won Best Big Mountain Film at IF3 2010, and a Sierra Nevada Award for Action Sports at The Mountain Film Festival.


Family Tree is a DIY production company that showcases a west coast lifestyle based in British Columbia. They have a talented team of people who strive to make cutting edge material with a sense of humor.

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The Voleurz family’s roots run deep through all genres of lifestyle. Started as an idea between 3 friends in university, the family has grown to all corners of the globe. Using clothing design and filmmaking as a means of artistic expression, Voleurz showcases their love of art, music, snowboarding, skateboarding, freeskiing and surfing.

Nuulife Cinema:

Does anyone love snowboarding more than the crew at NuuLife Cinema?  Possibly…but probably not many.  Severely devoted to the shred, NuuLife is producing snowboard video content for their fourth year.  Focusing on up and coming riders, they have carved quite a comfortable niche for themselves in the Canadian snowboard scene. Sometimes enjoying major international web coverage, but far more often enjoying knee deep pow turns off peak chair; NuuLife continues to keep all eyes and cameras pointed towards their passion.


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