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Wasatch Winter Film Festival looking for some entries

MATT JAMES Of the Record staff

The Wasatch Winter Film Festival wants to fill a niche. Park City has the most significant film festival in the country, three big ski resorts and access to some of the better backcountry skiing in the United States.

So it only made sense to add a film festival focusing on local ski and snowboard movies.

"We don’t have one, but we have Sundance in town," said Mike Sharp. "It just seemed obvious that it should be there."

Sharp is the publisher of FreeRide Magazine, a new local ski and snowboard publication; FreeRide is the principal organizer of the Wasatch Winter Film Festival, also known as The White Room.

"The White Room seeks to expose the local talent and cinematographers who catch snow-sport action on film," says a press release from the magazine.

The event will run Dec. 3 at the Prospector Square Conference Center, but the festival is currently seeking films. The White Room is looking for five- and 20-minute-long ski and snowboard movies from around the Wasatch.

The film festival will have several separate categories. There are three for age: Middle School, High School and Open; four for discipline: Alpine, Snowboard, Telemark and Mix; and three for setting: Park, Resort and Backcountry.

But Sharp said the organization of the categories isn’t completely set in stone.

"They’re just guidelines," he said. "They’re just to show what we’re looking for."

He said how the film festival is organized will depend on the response The White Room draws from filmmakers.

"There’s no way to know what we’re going to get three movies, or 300," said Sharp.

Of the entries he has received so far, Sharp said they ranged from pure amateur films to independent works from professional filmmakers. All are welcome, he noted.

As an example of the type of film he’d like to see, Sharp cited the local underground film "Chubby Show."

"It’s all local and it’s humorous," he said.

Sharp had some brief advice for potential entrants.

"Keep it G-rated or action-related," he said. "Have a good music selection If it’s five minutes, make it all action; if it’s 20 minutes, maybe break it up with a little dialog."

But the key to success at the festival, he said, would ultimately be the quality of the footage.

Sharp said he and the other organizers hadn’t decided how, or to what degree, The White Room films would be judged, but he did say the festival had collected more than $10,000 of gear and lift tickets to distribute to filmmakers and raffle-winners.

Entries to The White Room are due by Saturday, Nov. 26. Tickets for The White Room film festival are $5 at the door and include a raffle ticket.

Mail entries to FreeRide Media at 900 Bitner Road, G-11, Park City, UT 84098. Be sure to include your contact info. Films must be in VHS or DVD format. For questions or information, contact Sharp at 940-0590 or visit http://www.freeridemagazine.com.


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