Whistler Film Festival – December 3 to 7, 2014

Prepare to be inspired at the 14th annual Whistler Film Festival. Renowned by filmmakers and film lovers alike, the Whistler Film Festival features innovative and original films from around the world, world premieres, star-studded guest appearances and unique industry initiatives. Add the excitement of the start of winter and a lively atmosphere in the Village and you have the perfect excuse for an extended stay in Whistler.

Five Must-See Flicks at the 2013 Whistler Film Festival with the Whistler Insider

Whistler Film Festival

More information on the 2014 festival including films, invited guests and exciting industry events will be released as it is announced - check back regularly for the latest news. To find out more about the Whistler Film Festival go to whistlerfilmfestival.com.

2013 Events

In addition to screening films from all around the world, the 2013 Whistler Film Festival presented a stellar lineup of awards ceremonies and tributes, industry initiatives and charity events:

Whistler Film Festival Feature Project Lab
New for 2013 - a business and marketplace immersion experience for six producers - a chance to focus and strengthen projects from script to screen.

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. View Schedule.

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.

Film Lovers Unite for Charity: 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.

Film Competitions and Awards
Keeping the focus on film, the following awards will be handed out over the festival:

  • Fashion Film Competition in partnership with ELLE Canada
  • Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature Film (10 Year Anniversary)
  • World Documentary
  • Mountain Culture
  • Best ShortWork (Canadian and International Awards)
  • Best BC Student ShortWork
  • MPPIA Short Film Award
  • Audience Award

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.

2013 Films and Tickets

For a full list with screening times and ticket sales, please visit the whistlerfilmfestival.com website.

Whistler Film Festival Film Lineup 2013

Here is a taste of the wide range of films shown at the Whistler Film Festival in 2013.

Opening Film: The Western premier of 'Cas & Dylan' from Jason Priestley, a story of mismatched road travelers set amidst breathtaking western scenery. Jason Priestley is expected to attend the opening night gala and ski in the Celebrity Challenge Ski Race.

Closing Film: 'The Crash Reel' directed by Lucy Walker, an outstanding documentary of the life-long rivalry between two half-pipe snowboard athletes preparing for the Olympics and the events that unfold when one of the two, Kevin Pearce has a near-fatal crash. Pearce is expected to attend the closing night for the Canadian premiere of her film.

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

Photos from the 2013 Whistler Film Festival


Gallery Photos: Kim Eij Photography / Whistler Film Festival

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