As winter starts to make its presence felt in Chile and the first snows begin dusting the Andean ski fields, La Parva ski resort announces the return of its hugely popular Eye of the Condor competition.
The weeklong film and photo competition, which first took place last year, gives teams from all over the world five days to come up with a five-minute video and five photos.
“With the direction of the sport focusing on digital media and quality of production, we have created a venue for athletes and brands to showcase their highest quality work in a cultivating environment,” says Ski La Parva’s director of corporate sales and marketing, Rodrigo Medina.
“Not only does Sony Eye of the Condor provide a great outlet for competitors, the laid back Chilean atmosphere provides a great platform for industry leaders to discuss the state of the sport,” he said.
Adding to the excitement is the fact that organizers have teamed up with the International Freeski Film Festival (IF3) to host the first IF3 Film Festival in Santiago, which will include athlete appearances and film screenings.
After screening in Santiago, the winning films and photos will go on a world tour, stopping off in Montreal in Canada, Annecy in France, and Austria’s Innsbruck.
“We are extremely excited about our new partnership with IF3,” said Medina. “We feel it’s going to show the international community the beauty and uniqueness of the Chilean ski community.”
The competition has cash rewards for the top shots and videos, and judges Ingrid Backstrom and Chris Davenport are expecting an exciting and creative event.
“The Eye of the Condor is such an awesome event because it celebrates the creativity in skiing,” said Backstrom, “it’s really open to interpretation and gives teams the freedom to show how much fun skiing is in whichever way they choose.”
This year the event will run from July 27 until August 4. La Parva is one of four top-quality ski resorts located in the Andes directly behind the capital city of Santiago.