The World Ski and Snowboard Festival (WSSF) is less than seven weeks away and preparations in Whistler, BC are in full swing. As the largest annual winter sports and music festival in North America, WSSF requires a lot of helping hands to execute the 10 action-packed days smoothly.
On average, the World Ski and Snowboard Festival sees over 300 volunteers log more than 3000 hours every spring. Volunteer opportunities exist in all aspects of WSSF, from the on-mountain ski and snowboard events, to the photo, film, and art galas in the Whistler Conference Centre, to the Outdoor Concert Series at the Main Stage in Skiers Plaza. Those interested in lending a helping hand to the Festival this April can register to be a volunteer at: http://www.wssf.com/volunteering.
For those individuals who want to get involved and possess a more specialized skillset, the World Ski and Snowboard Festival is now accepting submissions for Intersection, the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown, and the Olympus 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown.
Intersection, which will be celebrating its fourth year on the WSSF schedule in 2014, requires participating crews to shoot, edit and produce a five to seven minute extreme sports video in only seven days. All films must include 30 seconds of terrain park footage and 30 seconds of footage from Whistler Blackcomb in-bounds terrain. The entire film must be shot within 100km of Whistler with at least 75 per cent filmed on snow. WSSF is currently accepting expressions of interest for Intersection until February 28. Five teams will then be selected as finalists to present their films to a live audience and will be given a shot at the $10,000 grand prize. For more information, visit: http://www.wssf.com/event/intersection-0.
The Olympus Pro Photo Showdown is one of the signature events at WSSF and attracts some of the top action sport photographers in the game. Competing photographers have the opportunity to present a nine minute slideshow that best represents their body of work to an audience of 1500+ people. There is $10,000 in cash and prizing up for grabs. Interested photographers can state their intent to compete by submitting a three minute slideshow of images set to music by the March 3 deadline. A selection committee comprised of key industry figures will choose five photographers from the entries to present as finalists. Those finalists will be notified by Friday, March 7 and will earn a trip to Whistler during WSSF. For more information, visit: http://www.wssf.com/event/olympus-pro-photographer-showdown.
The Olympus 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown is arguably the most popular event at WSSF and is open to anyone who would like to compete. Filmmakers are required to shoot, edit and produce a three to five minute short film within a 100km radius of Whistler over the course of 72 hours. The Olympus 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown distills the art of film-making into its purest form – getting a creative vision from concept to reality in record time so it can be enjoyed on the big screen by a 1500+ strong audience.
With $10,000 on the line, the Olympus 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown attracts some highly creative and talented people. And back for the third year, Olympus is offering an additional $5,000 bonus prize if the Best of Show film is shot exclusively with Olympus gear. Olympus will also offer the first 25 teams that express an interest the opportunity to borrow product. Interested filmmakers can register online until the April 7 deadline and latecomers can register in person at the mandatory meeting on April 11. For more information, visit: http://www.wssf.com/event/olympus-72hr-filmmaker-showdown.
Tickets to the evening gala events are now available for purchase at http://www.wssf.com/estore.
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