Saint-Sauveur, Canada, March 5th 2012: It was the third time that Mont Saint-Sauveur, Canada hosted such an event; three days to create the best three minute ski or snowboard video. The goal of the Challenge was to promote the talent of young, local filmmakers and riders. Supported by Coors Light, K2 and GoPro, the third edition of the contest featured $10,000 in cash prizes + GoPro cameras.
The Coors Light Saint-Sauveur Challenge presented by K2 ran super smoothly with 3 days of mixed weather. Mont Avila's park was as convenient as possible for creative riding while filmmakers and riders were also able to explore the mountain's possibilities. The rules were clear; they had to stay within the boundaries of Mont Saint-Sauveur and Mont Avila, but beyond that, anything goes.
More than 25 teams registered for the event and 21 were able to finalize their edit on time and submitted their videos. While Judges Seb Gagnon and former pro skier, Frank Raymond, focused on the riding aspect, snowboarder Charles Boileau, well-known filmmaker and former Pléhouse film producer, was evaluating the specifics of each movies and was really impressed by the quality of some movies.
''In only three days, some teams were able to put together some great technical edits and were able to respect their storyboard,'' said Boileau. The premiere and awards ceremony, the Coors Light Cold Party, took place at the Bar of Mont Avila with 400 people that came to witness the creativity and originality of the teams.
''Every year, I keep getting more impressed by the talent of athletes and filmmakers!'' JF DuRocher, co-founder of Bite Size Entertainment and Coors Light Saint-Sauveur Challenge originator. “Every submission had a different flavor and taste, from crazy creative editing to innovative maneuvers, needless to say, the judges were more than pleased to witness such diversity, originality, creativity and it became a difficult task to evaluate the top contenders.''
With a great storyboard and impressive skiing, freeskier Vincent Provost and filmmaker Xavier Mayrand took third place and were awarded $1,000 and a GoPro camera while local snowboard hero Zach Aller and Jermy Boisvert got second and banked $2,000 and a GoPro camaera. They put together a smart film featuring the journey of Zach against ski patrols, a ski school type parody. Have we found our new Dave Mershak?
Finally, first place went to snowboarder Didier Godbout with filmmaker Justin Loiselle. A Tron movie inspired edit with its look and feel. Needless to say, Didier and Justin proved that hard work pays off as they were awarded first place and pocketed $4,000 and a GoPro camera.
Best POV presented by GoPro: Antoine Truchon and Marc-André Sauvageau
Best soundtrack presented by Cushe shoes : Seb Chatrand and Robert Quinn
Best Jibber : Tommy Belanger
Thanks to all the teams, to Coors Light, K2, GoPro, Axis shop, Mont Saint-Sauveur and Mont Avila for making this event a real success.
All of the videos are available on www.themountainchallenge.com