If3 Whistler was a smash success. Thousands of eager skiers and boarders packed multiple venues around Whistler to watch their favorite film crews premier their movies. Saturday October 22nd was the awards show where 25 awards were handed out. This is a recap of what went down on the skiing side of things.
Match Stick Productions took home the most coveted prize of the night – “Film of the Year” for their movie “Anywhere From Here.” This film also features two athletes who took home some hardware of their own. Tonej Kvivik won “Stand out female skier of the year.” Dennis Ranalter won “Breakout performance of the year.” This film is action packed and well rounded.
CK9 Studios won two awards. One for “Best short film” and one for “Best cinematography” for their film entitled “Yours Truly.” This film features the skiing of Cole Richardson. It must have been a very busy winter for Cole last year, as he also has a segment in the MSP film.
Shannon Crosi Media won the award for “Best story telling,” for her film Nexus. This film follows four groups of women and tells their stories. This was the first film Shannon Crosi has ever made. What a great start to her film making career.
The Bunch took home two awards for their visually stimulating film entitled “Many Fantasies Later.” They won the only award that spanned both the ski and Snowboard categories – “Jury’s Pick.” They also won the award for “Best editing.”
The category of “Stand out Male skier of the year” went to Dane Tudor for his segment in The Blank Collectives film “Feel Real.” It was Dane’s second time winning this coveted award. The last time he took it home was back in 2009! Dane is still crushing it.
The award for “Backcountry Segment of the year” went to Ian McIntosh and Sage Cattabriga-Alosa for their combined segment in the Teton Gravity Research film – “Magic Hour.”
The Award for “Best urban segment” whet to Joona Sipola for his INSANE part in the Forre film – “Cast.”
The award for “Amateur film of the year” went to the guys at Entourage for their film – “From Us to You.”
The Award for “Armature skier of the year” went to Carson Sharp for his segment in the Sharp Studios film “Vertical Vision.”
Last but not least I would like to give an unofficial award: “Crowd reaction of the night.” This award goes to Matt Duff for his part in the Mayrand Agency film “MTL.” When his name was announced the place went NUTS.
There a ton of really great film this year. If you have the opportunity to go to a ski movie premier in your city or town please go check it out. Get stoked for ski season, support the culture and have a fun time. It’s win-win-win.