This week saw the annual “Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival” roll into Whistler Village once again, bringing with it world class ski and snowboarding action as well as a wealth of talent from the worlds of action sports photography and filmmaking.
As part of the festivals “Arts” program, a 72hr Filmmaker Showdown is held, participated in by a number of creative production teams shooting and editing 3-5 minute short films that are shot within 100km of Whistler and presented to an 1,800-strong audience at the Whistler Conference Centre.
This year’s event marked the 9th year of the competition’s existence and boy did it produce a fantastic “Best-in-Show” winner. Titled “Poached Earth”, the short film documents the existence, life and struggles of the “hot tub poacher” – individuals who sneak into resort and private hot tubs along Whistler’s famed “hot tub alley”. A great, creative piece from a talented group of film makers – no doubt about it.
For their troubles, the production team of Patrick Henry, Justin Hannewyk and Jonny Fleet received $10,000 in cash and $5,000 in prizes. Not bad for a few days of high-pressure fun! Check out the presented version of the film below.