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Early deadline for Whistler Stories grant program



By Nicole Fitzgerald

The Whistler Film Festival Society put out an early call for the Whistler Stories film commission competition this year with the proposal deadline closing in quickly on Wednesday, March 28.

“It will give filmmakers a chance to film when there is still snow on the mountains,” said Shauna Hardy Mishaw, festival founder.

The Whistler Stories program funds four short film projects a year leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Films, based on stories from the Sea to Sky corridor, must focus on Olympic themes of culture, education and/or sport.

Films can be documentary, fictional or animated and must demonstrate a creative approach to the subject matter.

“We are looking for films that tell the story of this magical place — its spirit, its inhabitants and what it is that draws people here,” said Bill Evans, festival programmer. “Anyone who has spent time in the Whistler area knows that the place is full of great stories.”

Each filmmaking team will be awarded a $5,000 grant to produce a five-minute short film.

Films will premier at the Whistler Film Festival in December. All Whistler Story films will culminate into a feature presentation at the Games.

“Whistler Stories is like passing the torch from one storyteller to the next,” said last year’s participant John Meadows. “It’s what filmmaking is all about — telling great stories and inspiring others.”

For submission guidelines, visit whistlerfilmfestival.com.


A screening education on global warming

Hilltrip hosts Step It Up with the Energy Film Festival on Friday, March 23 at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 24 at 1:30 p.m. at MY Millennium Place.

Fifteen films from the Sierra Club Energy Film Festival series will look at issues around global warming. Friday’s films will focus on climate change and Saturday’s films on oil and energy.

“Faced with the fear of not enough snow to accommodate the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, while simultaneously facing the prospect of two coal plants being built in our province, global warming and energy use are at the top of many British Columbian’s minds these days,” said Sarah Valentine, project coordinator of The Sierra Club Energy Film Fest. “The Sierra Club Energy Film Festival provides an entertaining way to educate about global warming, environmental sustainability as well as showcase alternative energy systems to our local and visiting Whistler population.”