The Pizza Problem, produced and directed by, 2 Dontas 1 Proctor, has won first place and a cash prize of $5,000 at the World Ski & Snowboard Festival’s 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown in Whistler, B.C., as well as a $500 Gibbons Gift Card for the People’s Choice Award, voted by the attendees at the showdown.

2 Dontas 1 Proctor. Photo by Oisin McHugh

The 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown is a competition that had teams shooting, editing, and producing a 3-5 minute short film in just 72 hours within 100 kilometres of Whistler on any recording device of their choosing. Each video was also required to incorporate the same specific prop. This year the prop was a rubber chicken. The films were judged on grassroots grit, originality, imagination and storytelling by a panel of previous winners and industry experts.

The 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown was the first of the three multimedia events to kick off the World Ski & Snowboard Festival. On Wednesday, April 10th, The Sea to Sky Photo Challenge, produced by Holly Fraser, will showcase portfolios from some of the most talented photographers from the British Columbia. Tickets are going fast, but still available at wssf.com.

On Thursday, April 11th, Intersection, produced in collaboration with The Manboys, will wrap the multimedia events. Six crews of artistic snowsports visionaries were to push their limits to create, shoot, edit, and produce a visual a film in just 12 days. This is a highly anticipated event with cash prizes of $10,000, $5,000, and $3,000 up for grabs. As the event sold out almost immediately, the Longhorn Saloon in will be hosting a live stream viewing party, tickets are available on wssf.com.

In addition to these three multimedia events, the World Ski & Snowboard Festival also has a diverse lineup of musical acts and sporting events including The Saudan Couloir Race Extreme presented by Helly Hansen on Friday, The Cut Rail Jam presented by Rockstar Energy & Skullcandy on Saturday (note the updated location and start time via the image below), and The Slush Cup presented by Corona taking place this Sunday.

Born out of a love for all that is mountain culture, the World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) has been the ultimate après of the winter season since 1996. During this annual celebration of snow sports, music, arts, and culture, we will showcase Whistler’s reputation as a mecca for mountain culture.

WSSF gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Creative BC and the Province of BC and is proudly supported by the Resort Municipality of Whistler through the Resort Municipality Initiative; Tourism Whistler; Helly Hansen; Corona; Westin Resort & Spa Whistler; Forecast Ski Magazine; King Snow Magazine; Mountain FM; Scandinave Spa Whistler; and Gibbons Whistler. To stay up to date, visit wssf.com.

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