Thu. Apr 14, 2016

The annual Olympus 72hr Filmmaker Showdown has to be one of the most anticipated events of the Festival. Last night it finally arrived and along with it the throngs of locals showing their support for friends and colleagues.

There are a few reasons why the Showdown is deemed one of the most interesting events that takes place in Whistler. Creative folk brew their ideas over the entire year, and this is the time to show their stuff. All those weird, wacky ideas finally come to fruition, and if they’re lucky they might even get to show the final result on the big screen. It’s the one event of the festival that is completely unpredictable, and this year’s showdown was no exception.

MC Feet Banks always entertains as we buckle up for a wild ride through the imaginations of our local filmmakers. As expected, Banks pushes the envelope of appropriateness, which if you know and love him is quite funny. If you don’t, hopefully you weren’t offended.

Kicking things off was a bloody, horror inspired film ‘Killer Shot’ in which the filmmaker used this year’s prop (a hand mirror) to save its main character. The act garnered them a prize for ‘Best Use of Prop’. This town loves a good scary movie (check out the BGrade Horrorfest in October) and film number two, ‘Our Snow’, also provided us with some gore to satiate us until fall.

Showdown alum Jonny Fleet executed a video game style film ‘Snow Game’ which took home People’s Choice Award. I won’t mention here their ‘weapon of choice’ but let’s just say it will be talked about for years to cum. Last year’s winning team returned to make it to the top ten once again with the same plan of attack as 2015 - waiting until they found out what the prop was before committing to a script. The Sushi Village gals gave us a rap about the faux-pas of restaurant customers, we saw local bikers rip it up in stunning shots, a Sasquatch tell us how he really feels, camping and banjos, and a poem come to life.

In the end, it was Angie Nolan’s film ‘Control Shift’ which spoke to society’s addiction to social media and reveals to its main characters that there is more to life than technology. After 10 years of films in the Showdown, to say we are a proud town would be an understatement. Angie and her team know how to design a tight production, one with an important message that is well executed and visually engaging. Her win just goes to show that tenacity and talent are a winning combination.