The voting for Whistler Blackcomb‘s online video competition, “Coldfront,” is now live. The battle for $10,000 begins today with edits from Olliepop Film and Geoff Hewat. Each week, two filmmakers will have their edits face off head-to-head, with viewers’ online votes deciding the winner of each round.
Olliepops Film’s video exhibits a diverse display of riding, from park jumps to rails to backcountry.
Be warned, Geoff Hewat’s edit is all skiing.
The film crews competing in “Coldfront” include:
Olliepop Films: Originally hailing from Australia, currently based in Whistler. The crew is well known for their webisode series “Oi Mate!” and “When in Whistler.”
Heart Films: Founded by Tadashi Fuse, Heart Films is a team made up mostly of Japanese riders based in Whistler. Their current principal filmer/editor, Keiji Tajima, has been documenting in the Whistler backcountry for over a decade.
Geoff Hewat: Hewat grew up in Ontario skiing competitively for the Ontario Mogul Team. After graduating highschool he came to his senses and moved to Whistler to learn how to ski park and pow. Hewat is well known for starting the web-series “Westward,” which one the Newschoolers.com TV Pilot Project in 2012.
Graeme Mieklejohn: 24-year-old Vancouver, B.C. native Graeme Mieklejohn is most well known in the snowboard world for his work with PYP.
Ryan Kenny & Benjamin Webb: Kenny, 29, grew up skateboarding and snowboarding in Terrace Bay, Ontario before going onto work as an intern at Sandbox Films with Kevin Sansalone.
Webb moved from Calgary, AB to Whistler in 2010 and won Rookie of the Year with his first ever entry in the 2010 Whistler Heavy Hitting B-Grade Horror Festival. Since then, Webb has filmed with Absinthe Films, Red Bull and Poor Boyz Productions.
Nuulife Cinema: A Whistler based snowboard crew responsible for more than a few Canadian snowboard films and online edits, including the new “Wildlife” series.