This fall, Whistler Blackcomb is launching a badass new head-to-head film competition. The knock out style battle, deemed Coldfront, will feature six kick-ass film crews and an array of awesome skiers (and snowboarders). The film crews each hand picked the athletes featured in their edits, dropping weekly, and had the majority of the 2013-14 season to film their submission for the competition.
The rules were simple, each edit had to include 70% of content from inbounds territory of Whistler Blackcomb’s ski area, and 30% of each edit had to feature content from backcountry zones within 100 kilometers of the resort. The most challenging aspect? All of the inbounds footage was restricted to be shot during regular operating hours at the popular resort.
The six videos will drop and voting will go live on September 29, 2014 and a champion will be selected based upon online voting on October 27, 2014. By taking part in the voting process, you will not only help one crew win the $10,000 purse, but you, yourself will also be entered to win $5,000 in free gear. That’s right, upon voting for your favorite video each week, you’ll be entered to win $5k in gear including: A 2014-15 season pass, a new pair of skis (or a snowboard), GORE-TEX jacket and pants from Arc’teryx, a GoPro setup, and more. Follow the storm on social mediums at #WBColdfront.
Click here to see the Coldfront website, and see the list of film crews, below.
Olliepop Films: Originally from Australia, but now based in Whistler, Olliepop Films produced the popular “When in Whistler” web series for the past three winters.
Heart Films: The Japanese crew moved to Whistler over a decade ago to pursue their passion of adventuring in the backcountry.
Graeme Meiklejohn: A recent film school grad at University of British Columbia Okanagan, Meiklejohn’s previous experience consists of work with PYP Productions and the late Voleurz clothing and media brand.
Ryan Kenny and Benjamin Webb: These two filmers came together for Coldfront specifically, but individually have worked with Red Bull, Absinthe Films, Poor Boyz Productions and more.
Geoff Hewat: Hewat was a part of the Westward crew that went on to win Newschooler’s TV Pilot Project in 2012-13.
Nuulife Cinema: This Whistler based crew has been pumping out Canadian focused snowboard movies and edits including the “Wildlife” web series.