The International Freeski Film Festival (iF3) has celebrated freeskiing’s cultural movers and shakers since 2007, so it only makes sense that the festival does some moving and shaking itself. For the eighth instalment of the festival in Montreal, iF3 is pleased unveil new prizing, a new judging format, and a new time for the 2014 iF3 Movie Awards.
Instead of taking place on Saturday as tradition, the awards ceremony has moved to Thursday, September 18 at 8 p.m. to kick off the festival at Centre Phi. For those unable to make it to Montreal, the awards ceremony will be broadcast live on our media partners’ websites, including Newschoolers.com, Skipass.com, and Freeskier.com.
“We’re able, this year, to invest a lot more time, energy, and money into one show, and it’s going to be broadcast live on the Internet,” said iF3 president, Félix Rioux, on the changes to the award show with announcement that iF3 Europe (Annecy) will be discontinued. “I think it’s going to be the most entertaining iF3 awards show we’ve ever done.”
To arrive at the winners for the awards, iF3 has moved away from a single board of judges to three different panels, one for each of the three categories: professional, amateur, and web series.
“This year, the three separate panels are going to give each panel more time to view the movies, figure out what are the top three or top five, review them again, debate, and then make a decision,” said Rioux on the new judging format. “They’ll have more time to make a well informed decision.”
In addition to working with a new judging format, this year’s iF3 judges will have an exciting array of new prizes to award:
1. iF3 Rookie of the Year presented by GoPro
The winner of this prize will receive a $5,000 contract with GoPro in addition to a GoPro setup. The contract will see the winning athlete create five season edits shot 100% on a GoPro.
2. iF3 Film of the Year presented by Chic-Chac Lodge
The winning production company will receive flights for a crew of four and a week of heli-skiing and catskiing in Gaspesie’s Chic-Chocs Mountains courtesy of Chic-Chac.
3. iF3 Best Cinematography presented by Troublemakers
The winning production company will receive free sound mixing for their next movie courtesy of Troublemaker Studios.
4. iF3 Best Editing presented by Post-Moderne
The winning production company will receive a 10,000$ value of post-production services with Post-Moderne.
5. iF3 Amateur Movie of the Year presented by the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association
The winning production company will receive a $4,000 contract to produce a short film featuring CFSA athletes.
And without further ado, meet the 2014 iF3 Movie Awards judges:
Jeff Schmuck isn’t a stranger around these parts. As a stalwart of the festival, Schmuck will be returning to the panel after making his debut last year. When he’s not flashing his bedazzled Schmuck belt buckle at various rocker parties, he can be found as the managing editor of SBC Skier, a member of the Association of Freeskiing Professional’s senior advisory board, and as a co-promoter of iF3 Whistler Blackcomb.
From his work with Voleurz to his most recent freelance video production endeavours, Darren Rayner brings filmmaking accolades from ESPN, iF3, WSSF Intersection, and the Banff Mountain Film Festival to the panel. Alongside Jeff Schmuck, Rayner is a co-promoter for iF3 Whistler Blackcomb.
Since covering the first iF3 as a journalist for Newschoolers, Mike Rogge has gone on to have an editorial stint at Powder, work on a freeskiing documentary with Vice, and write as a senior correspondent for ESPN Freeskiing. Rogge has attended iF3 in a variety of capacities over the years, but this year marks Rogge’s first as an iF3 judge.
As the co-owner and operator of Zapiks and Skipass.com, Lahure is a lynchpin in the action sports world. Hailing from Grenoble, France, Lahure adds some French flavour and a multi-sport background to the panel.
After a career as a slopestyle skier, Godbout is finding his way into the whiterooms of the world. Though we’re excited to have Godbout on the panel, we’re just as excited to see what his career in the backcountry will yield.
Vincent Gagnier, like Charles, has an impeccable taste for innovation. Instead of walking down the marked and cut paths, Gagnier heads straight for the thicket and frequently emerges with tricks of which he is the sole proprietor. Labelling him as a veteran might be unflattering given his young age, but we can safely say that his presence on an iF3 panel this year isn’t his first lap around the track.
Doug Bishop is a ubiquitous presence on Newschoolers. From digging at the now defunct High North Ski Camp to sitting as the publisher for Newschoolers, Bishop has worn many fancy hats and has never shied away from sharing an opinion.
Zach Berman shares a family name and work experience with Josh Berman over at Level 1 Productions. Most recently, he can be found as the associate publisher for Freeskier.
If you’ve spent anytime on Newschoolers, odds are you’ve read a sentence or two strung together by Ethan Stone. From putting together a lavishly reported piece for Newschoolers’ inaugural magazine to reporting on the Olympics from Sochi, Stone has a knack for delivering stories that the people want to read.
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David Malacrida’s work as a photographer can be found in ski publications on both sides of the Atlantic. When not shooting photos, Malacrida can be found as an editor at Downdays.
Jason Mousseau has been a part of iF3 in a variety of capacities since the inaugural festival in 2007. Since then, he has gone on to edit SBC Skier magazine, and now holds the general manager position at Newschoolers, where he leads the many-headed beast that skiing’s largest website has become.
Henrik Lampert is a Boston Bruins fan, hot dog aficionado, and the editor of Freeskier. He knows a thing or three about both skiing and the Internet, making him an ideal candidate for his judging gig at iF3.