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Exploring the artistic side of TWSSF 2011

Organizers of the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival are stepping up their artistic game up in a big way to mark the festival's 16 th anniversary, offering bigger prizes and new competitions to keep local art lovers on their toes.

This year, there are five key artistic components included in the multifaceted festival: the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown, 3PO (formerly dubbed ThreePointOh), Filmmaker Showdown, State of the Art and the brand-new Intersection. Here's a quick rundown for anyone who needs a refresher:

The Pro Photographer Showdown and Filmmaker Showdown are always sold-out affairs, and this year, Watermark Communications (the team behind the ten-day festival), are upping the ante for both of these crowd favourites. The prize pool for the Pro Photographer Showdown has reached $17,000, and Event Director Lilli Clark adds, "the call for entries has been released for the preliminary submissions deadline of March 1st and this year is sure to maintain the extraordinarily impressive lineup of photographic submissions." To mark the 10th anniversary of the Filmmaker Showdown, organizers have doubled the prize money, offering $10,000 cash for Best in Show, with additional prizing for People's Choice. They'll also be holding a special 10-year anniversary screening with an awards ceremony to showcase some of the gems the competition has produced over the last decade.

A relatively new addition to the TWSSF line-up, the digital showcase known as ThreePointOh, is being re-launched for 2011 as 3PO. Presented as a celebration of innovation, technology and culture, the event asks artists for three to five-minute digital shorts that morph film, photo, graphics and animation, visual art, and other media into a visual spectacle, with $3,500 up for grabs.

For those who appreciate the static visual art experience, TWSSF is once again playing host to State of the Art, a nine-day gallery show that features invited artists who work in a wide range of mediums, from paint and photo to woodwork, sketch and more. A call for entries for State of the Art has already been issued, and the deadline (Feb. 15) is quickly approaching, so any artists interested in participating should apply soon!

Last but not least is a brand-new competition that's been created to celebrate Toss's Sweet Sixteen: Intersection will amalgamate the festival's most popular flagship elements (ski, snowboard, film and photo). With $10,000 in prizing up for grabs, organizers are expecting the best of the best in the film and photo world, plus world-class skiers and boarders, to be part of this groundbreaking opportunity.

If you're interested in participating in any of the artistic competitions included in the 2011 TWSSF, head to for more info.

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