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Whistler Film Festival

December 2 - 6, 2015

In December 2014 the Whistler Film Festival celebrated its 14th edition as one of Canada’ s leading film festivals. Thank you to everyone who attended - we hope you were moved and inspired by the movies and events.

Renowned by filmmakers and film lovers alike, the Whistler Film Festival is a place where artists are celebrated, audiences are inspired, and new ideas enter the cultural dialogue through innovative and original films and unique industry initiatives. In 2015 the festival will celebrate its 15th anniversary - save the date, and book early for great rates on accommodations.

In addition to screening films from all around the world, the Whistler Film Festival presents a stellar lineup of awards ceremonies and tributes, industry initiatives and charity events:

View the 2014 Event List

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.

Films and Tickets

In 2014 the festival featured 87 films, from 18 countries, selected from over 700 submissions, including 41 features and 46 shorts. The program included 22 World Premieres.

For a full list with screening times, advance passes and tickets, please visit the whistlerfilmfestival.com website.

2014 Film Categories

Films shown at the Festival cross a wide range of genres and tastes, with something for everyone in the lineup.

  • Gala Presentations (Opening & Closing): Major premiere and major audience pleasers
  • Special Presentations: High profile premieres from the world's leading filmmakers
  • World Now: Compelling stories, global perspectives
  • Discoveries: Directors to watch and the future of world cinema
  • American Indies: New voices from south of the border
  • Late Night: The best in great genre cinema
  • Family: Family friendly features from around the world
  • ShortWork Showcase: An eclectic collection of selected comedic short films from around the world

About the Whistler Film Festival Society

The Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) is a charitable cultural organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, the industry and audiences in Whistler. WFFS produces one of Canada’ s leading film festivals and plays a leadership role in offering project development programs and opportunities for filmmakers, both within and beyond our borders.

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