SLED DOGS Doc Wins 2 Top Prizes at Whistler Film Fest

first_imgSled Dogs, the controversial documentary, directed by Fern Levitt, that goes behind the scenes of commercial sled dog operations, has won two major awards at the Whistler Film Festival where it had its world premiere as part of Whistler’s Documentary Strand program.The film won the World Documentary Award, sponsored by Super Channel, in a tie with The Will To Fly, and it also won the EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary which was presented by The Alliance of Women Film JournalistsSled Dogs follows four stories; a rookie Iditarod musher in Alaska sledding 1000 miles from Anchorage to Nome; the training of Lydia, a sled dog puppy at six months old; a dog sled operation that was under investigation in 2013 in Snow Mass, Colorado; and the 2010 sled dog cull in Whistler BC after which cries of outrage by the dog-loving public forced the provincial government to enact tougher legislation to protect these animals Facebook #sleddogsfilmFollow us on:Facebook: @sleddogsfilmTwitter: @sleddogsfilmAbout CCI EntertainmentCCI has over 30 years as one of Canada’s leading independent production companies; CCI is a developer, packager and executive producer of quality entertainment — the team is made up of strategic thinkers, award winning creative talent and experienced brand managers. Notable credits include the critically acclaimed film The Ride, award-winning feature/mini-series Iron Road and the TV Movie Anything But Christmas. CCI has just completed the family action comedy feature film Undercover Grandpa, the first film produced from the Telefilm-Corus Family Feature Fund and selected for official screening at the International Family Film Festival in Los Angeles.  CCI’s feature film pre-production and development slate boasts: 57 Hours – a hostage drama based on a real life event to be directed by Clark Johnson, Takin’ Care of Business — a road-comedy with a record-setting live event, produced with Randy Bachman and Gilles Paquin, The Palm Effect – a feature documentary directed by Fern Levitt that is a co-production with Brazil, and Someone Else’s Wedding — a romantic comedy written and directed by Pat Kiely which shoots December 2016 in Montreal Quebec.About CBC’s documentary ChannelCBC’s documentary Channel is Canada’s only documentary channel, bringing viewers documentary programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These slices of life explore the wild, weird, wacky fascinating stories of the world. At documentary Channel, Bruce Cowley is Senior Director and Jordana Ross is Production Executive. Sled Dogs is directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Fern Levitt (Paws for Autism, Little Rock Nine, Gorbachev’s Revolution, 7 Days of Remembrance & Hope) with breathtaking footage captured by award-winning cinematographer Matt Gallagher (Dog’s Life, How to Prepare for Prison, The Motherload), the film provides an exhilarating cinematic experience. The film is produced by Slater-Brody Productions Ltd. in association with the documentary Channel and Canada Media Fund with the participation of Rogers Cable Network Fund. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Login/Register With: “I am glad the response to viewing the entire film (as opposed to only the trailer) has generated this important critical recognition. I heard many comments from the general public and respected film critics at the festival about how the film is well balanced. I am thrilled the film received these awards and look forward to more people seeing for the entire film as we continue the film festival circuit through 2017,” said Producer Arnie Zipursky. Advertisement Since being announced on November 2nd, Sled Dogs, the documentary has generated at great deal of controversy, with over 34,000 views on the trailers ( and  and over 500 posts, as well as many more posts connected to the news articles written about the film. The reactions are coming from both the pro-dog camp and the pro-musher camp.“Thank you Whistler film festival for premiering our film. You honoured us and our film by including Sled Dogs to be part of your magnificent festival,” said Director Fern Levitt. Twitterlast_img