The Whistler Film Festival announced the four winning B.C. filmmaking teams of the Whistler Stories Short Film Commission Competition.
"Following the success of last years inaugural competition, we had a great response from the Whistler area and beyond," said Bill Evans, festival director of programming. "Whistler is full of wonderful stories and we are excited to help these filmmakers share their views of our community."
The legacy program commissions four projects a year leading up to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Each group is awarded a $5,000 grant to produce a five-minute short film.
This years recipients come from Whistler, Pemberton and Vancouver. Brian Hockenstein of Whistler will examine the history of how Whistler was created with the intent of hosting the 1968 Winter Olympics in his film Whistler: An Olympic Story .
Fellow Whistlerite Beau Blanche will explore the history of the Paralympic movement in her film Can You Hear Me?
Andrea Wing of Pemberton shares the tale of how a professional mountain-biker finds redemption when caught up in Slow Food Cycle Sunday in Eating Myself Local .
Ken Hegan of Vancouver departs from the documentary format with The Heart of Whistler, a drama about what happens when a bored Whistler banquet waiter is thrust into a life or death race to deliver a frozen heart to a waiting transplant patient.
All four films will premiere at the Whistler Film Festival Nov. 30 to Dec. 3.