Gagnier, Cormier win Spring Back to Vail video contest
VAIL, Colorado X Games gold medalist and U.S. Open winner Charles Gagnier and Mystic Lands Production filmmaker Ben Cormier, both from Canada, claimed first place in the Breitling All Mountain Film Competition held in Vail as part of the annual Spring Back to Vail end-of-season festival. The winning duo were awarded two Breitling backcountry emergency watches valued at $12,000 at the festivals World Pond Skimming Championships held Sunday. The public was able to view all videos on Friday at Garfinkels in Lionshead.Film comp duo Liam Downey and Josh Berman won second place and received one days use of a special cablecam camera from Dactylcam.com, while David Lesh and William Ball took third place and were awarded two Epic Season Passes for the 2009-10 season.Fourth-place honors went to Matt Luczkow and Rex Lint; in fifth place was Benny Hernreich and taking sixth place was Tom Naab and Tyler Malay. Honorable mention Best Trick went to Mark Koelker and honorable mention Most Entertaining went to Brent Meyer and Bob Aubreys video.Filmmakers videos showcased a wide variety of creative shots and use of terrain on Vail and Breckenridge Mountains, said J.F. DuRocher, IF3 International Freeski Film Festival co-founder and Breitling All Mountain Film Competition originator. Every submission had a different flavor and a different taste, from ballet skiing to innovative maneuvers. Each and every entry had something different to offer, which made the beauty of such competition. The organizers were more than pleased to witness such diversity, originality and creativity and will adapt the format of the competition in order to reward different facet of creation next year.With a total of 20 video submissions, the Breitling All Mountain Film Comp featured teams of two people, one rider and one filmmaker, utilizing any terrain on Vail Mountain and Breckenridge Mountain over the course of four days in order to create the most unique and original three-minute video. Videos were judged by a select panel of professional judges. including J.F. DuRocher of IF3 International Freeski Film Festival, Chad Moore of Reelcomp.com and Ben McNair, Vail resident and snowboarder.