Signature Series Featuring Tributes, Spotlights and In Conversations
The Whistler Film Festival's Signature Series recognizes distinguished artists of our time and honors them with an award and or an intimate on stage interview, with some complimented by a feature presentation of their most recent film.
Celebrity Challenge Ski Race & Awards Luncheon
The Whistler Film Festival’ s annual Celebrity Challenge is a dual-slalom ski race on Whistler Blackcomb. Open to teams of four novice, intermediate or expert skiers and/or snowboarders, teams join filmmakers, celebrities and world class athletes in a race where each team member takes two runs down a course, hoping to match their run times. The team with the closest combined time wins. The race is followed by an on–mountain luncheon and awards presentation. More information
Film Competitions and Awards
Keeping the focus on film, the following awards will be handed out at the Awards Brunch on the last day of the Festival:
- Fashion Film Competition in partnership with ELLE Canada
- Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature Film
- Best Actor in a Borsos Competition Film
- Best Screenplay of a Borsos Competition Film
- Best Director of a Borsos Competition Film
- Alliance of Women Film Journalists EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature and Best Female-Directed Documentary
- Best Actor
- Best Screenplay
- World Documentary
- Mountain Culture
- Best ShortWork (Canadian and International Awards)
- Best BC Student ShortWork
- MPPIA Short Film Award
- Audience Award
The Whistler Summit
Three days of networking opportunities and business programs with debates, conversations and discussions. Industry insiders look at the evolution and convergence of the art, technology and commerce of cinema.
Whistler Film Festival Feature Project Lab
A business and marketplace immersion experience for six producers - a chance to focus and strengthen projects from script to screen.
China Canada Gateway for Film® Script Competition
A competition that aims to match experienced writers and producers with Chinese studios and provide financing. Three new projects will arise from this exciting initiative.
Praxis Screenwriters Lab
An intense five day workshop designed to advance Canadian creative talent, the Whistler Film Festival Praxis Screenwriters Lab focuses on strengthening feature length scripts by facilitating feedback and mentorship from veteran screenwriters and story editors.