One of the most coveated events at the 2017 Whistler Ski and Snowboard Festival went down last night- 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown. Over 30 teams competed where they had 72 hours to put together a 3-5 minute short film within 100km of Whistler. Team 'Blue Pandas', out of Vancouver and Victoria brought home the best of show award for their short film 'Two Guys, One Shirt'.
"'Two Guys, One Shirt' is a comical look at the life of conjoined twins who’s desire to be separated takes them on a journey into the woods. There they meet an eccentric guru who promises to split them, and after an unfulfilling journey, they realize the importance of what they have."
Official Release from WSSF:
DIRECTOR QUARTET ‘BLUE PANDAS’ WINS OLYMPUS 72HR FILMMAKER SHOWDOWN AT THE 2017 WORLD SKI & SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL
‘Dawn Of The Dead Season’ Winning People’s Choice Award
WHISTLER, BC – April 13 2017 - Last night at the World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) in Whistler, over 1500 people gathered in the Whistler Conference Centre to witness the art of filmmaking in its purest form at the OLYMPUS 72hr Filmmaker Showdown. Vancouver/Victoria director quartet Blue Panda’s brought home the coveted Best of Show for their film ‘Two Guys, One Shirt’. Whistler local Kyle Kileen’s film ‘Dawn of the Dead Season’ took home the People’s Choice Award.
Over 30 teams participated in the event this year, all tasked with filming, editing and producing a three to five-minute short film within 100km of Whistler over the course of 72 hours. To level the playing field and ensure fairness, a surprise prop must be incorporated for a minimum of five consecutive seconds. This years the prop was a push broom.
“We were so relieved to win, we didn’t think we would,” says Director Ben Giesbrecht, “It was an incredible journey getting here.”
Blue Panda’s took home the seven thousand dollar cheque along with an additional five thousand dollars for shooting their film entirely with Olympus gear and over forty-three hundred dollars in Olympus Gear and other prizing.