IF3 Montreal is an event that I will not be missing as long as it runs. I have heard many
stories from here and finally decided to attend this year, it lived up to all my expectations
and was a blast from start to finish. This year we had a big crew from Salt Lake traveling
out there and conveniently we all had to be at the airport at 5am on Thursday morning. It was
Tom Arnell, Dale Talkington, Chris Laker, Karl Fostvedt, Mcrae Williams and myself all very
excited about the adventures that lie ahead.
We arrived around 7pm and took a shuttle to our hotel for the weekend. We were split
between the luxurious Hyatt and the not so luxurious Travelodge. Both worked great since
no one planned on spending much time in their room anyways. After dropping our bags
off we made way to the first night of the festival. Showing up a little late we were met by
our fellow Salt Lakers’ Tom and Dale who had arrived early and had already beginning
drowning themselves in cocktails and beers. IF3 is famous for the parties almost more than
the movies and the first night was a wild one to start off the weekend.
After a long night we were all slow to get out of bed. We hit up the continental
breakfast and then it was time to grab the bixi bikes and explore the city. We rallied up a big crew and
took off to find anything to jump off or ride down. The bike rental system in Montreal is pretty
awesome and the best way to get around and have some fun while seeing the sites.
We ended our ride with a classic Canadain poutine dinner and began getting ready for
some movies. The theater here is packed with stoked kids getting very excited to see their
favorite skiers segments. Nothing gets you hyped for winter like sitting through 3 hours of
your favorite ski flicks. After the movies it was onto the Rocker Party. The one rule here is
don’t wear a shirt you care about because it will get ripped in half.
By this time in the weekend everyone is struggling quite a bit and very sleep
deprived. There is no telling who will end up in which hotel room or how many people will
decide to pack into a bed on any given night. Saturday was a big day for movies and we were
up for the world premiere of the new 4bi9 Media Film BURN. A day spent sitting ina comfy
theater was very much needed and we all enjoyed several hours of movies. Like every other
night at IF3 come 10pm there is a party to attend. We all made the brilliant choice to book our
flight at 6am on Sunday so our only choice was to pull an all nighter and catch a 4am taxi to the
airport. Somehow we pulled this off and all made our flights. Thanks to everyone who put this
event on and we will see you next year!