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SNOWMAN World Premiere Goes Off!

The SNOWMAN World Premiere was a resounding success, claiming "Best Mountain Culture Film" and selling out 2 theaters to a standing ovation. The Whistler Film Festival kicked off last Wednesday night with a bang, featuring Oscar contender The Imitation Game, before screening 87 films from all over the world to finally close out with SNOWMAN as the Closing Gala film. SNOWMAN sold out before the festival even began and in an unprecedented move, the festival arranged a second screening in the Rainbow Theatre for the same night.

For the crew it was a busy week managing press, preparations for the screening, watching films and meeting other filmmakers while also introducing ourselves to the greater film industry. Meanwhile Kevin was busy working in Toba, managing early season avalanche danger and made it back just in time for Sunday.

At the awards brunch on Sunday the film claimed "Best Mountain Culture Film" at the festival, making it a rare occasion where a film has won an award before it has even been screened. The evening brought with it much hype as the local Whistler community rallied to pack 2 theatres and this local support is something we are eternally grateful for.

Paul Gratin, the WFF program director proclaimed SNOWMAN, "the best closing gala film ever in the festival's history," and as the lights went down we hoped it would live up to expectation. Sitting in the theater, watching our work on the big screen in a packed theatre of film lovers and friends was a humbling experience. After staring at it for so long in the edit suite there were more laughs than we remembered putting in there, more emotion, and ultimately it looked and felt like a film to everyone in the room, including ourselves. The doubts that all creators go through slowly washed away.

A standing ovation was something we would never have dreamed of and can only say thank you once again to all those that supported this project! Companies like Salomon and Whistler Blackcomb, our Kickstarter contributors, families and friends, and the network of brilliant and creative minds that we called on on numerous occasions. We must also acknowledge Shawna Hardy-Mishaw and her tireless team for creating such an incredible forum for filmmakers like ourselves to share our work not just with a home crowd, but on a world stage.

In the afterglow of the premiere we are taking stock and enjoying the positive reviews, some of which are included below. Beyond that, we are looking towards our strategy moving forward with film festivals and potential distribution.

Press:

Globe and Mail: "Snowman: ‘Godfather of free-skiing’ behind the camera for directorial debut" by Marsha Lederman 

The Province: "Whistler Film Fest: Snowman closes the weekend with a message of passion and an entrepreneur 

 

After three years in production and the gracious support of your fine selves we are excited to release the SNOWMAN Official Trailer to celebrate the announcement of the World Premiere at the Whistler Film festival on Dec 7th. The film will be playing at the closing gala and we couldn't be happier having the opportunity to unveil the film to a home crowd full of family and friends. With the film wrapped we are currently enjoying the calm before the storm preceding the big day. 

Beyond the premiere we have submitted the film to a number of other film festivals and have an extended excerpt from the film releasing on Salomon Freeski TV on Dec 2nd so be sure to subscribe to catch it as soon as it drops (http://m.youtube.com/user/salomonfreeskiTV). 

In the meantime tickets are available on the Whistler Film Fest website ( http://ow.ly/3tUDMl ) and we look forward to hopefully seeing some of you there. 

-Anthony Bonello

Producer

SNOWMAN Kickstarter Campaign a Success!!!

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I am truly humbled by the incredible support we've received for the Snowman film throughout this campaign, and particularly through the last 24 hours. We were sitting in a bit of a tough spot, but so many of you rallied to make this happen. YOU ARE AMAZING!!!

I've spent a good chunk of the weekend in the edit suite, trying to distract myself from worrying about the Kickstarter. That's been an added bonus., Through the motivation provided by the support pouring in, we've been able to find new ways to strengthen the film's story and I'm now feeling more confident than ever that we're making a great movie.

Thanks again for helping me realize this dream!

Mike Douglas