Whistler Film Festival

November 30 - December 4, 2016

Featuring a lengthy line up of innovative and original films, the festival is packed with premieres, honoured guests, lively celebrations, and unique industry initiatives. Book early for the best rates so you can stay longer and take it all in.

Browse the 2015 schedule below, and check back regularly for updates on the 2016 festival.

Films: Wednesday, December 2 to Sunday, December 6

WFF will feature 89 innovative and original films from around the world and opportunities to connect with the people who made them, including a solid lineup of premieres at public and Press and Industry screenings on six screens in five theatres.

The lineup has been announced - for a full list with screening times, advance passes and tickets, please visit the whistlerfilmfestival.com website.

2015 Films, Competitions and Awards

Opening Gala: Carol (Canadian Premiere) | Wednesday, December 2, 2015 | 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Experience WFF’s Opening Gala celebration featuring the Canadian premiere of Carol, Todd Haynes’ acclaimed drama of forbidden lesbian love set in the 1950s. Winner of the Best Actress award (Rooney Mara) at this year's Cannes Film Festival, this is an Oscar-bound film that also stars Cate Blanchett. The film will be followed by an unforgettable Whistler style party.

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Closing Gala: Numb | Sunday, December 6, 2015 | 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Experience WFF’s Closing Gala celebration featuring the Western Canadian Premiere of Numb, a top film of the fest followed by a Whistler style party.

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Special Presentations

Oscar buzz is also particularly strong for Bryan Cranston’s performance as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, in TRUMBO, with Helen Mirren, John Goodman and Diane Lane. The same is true for Tom Hardy’s astounding tour-de-force performance in LEGEND as twin Kray brothers, mobsters who ruled London during the 1960s. Other award level performances can be found with Special Presentation films such as THE LADY IN THE VAN (Maggie Smith), BORN TO BE BLUE (Ethan Hawke), and the North American premiere of THE LEGEND OF BARNEY THOMSON (Emma Thompson, in a film directed by Robert Carlyle).

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Film Competitions and Awards: Keeping the focus on film and the filmmakers, WFF features eight juried competitions with the following awards to be handed out at the Awards Brunch on the last day of the Festival or post event:

  • Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature Film
  • Best Performance in a Borsos Competition Film
  • Best Screenplay of a Borsos Competition Film
  • Best Director of a Borsos Competition Film
  • Best World Documentary
  • Best Mountain Culture
  • Best ShortWork (Canadian and International Awards)
  • Best Canadian ShortWork Screenplay
  • Best BC Student ShortWork
  • Variety 10 Screenwriters to Watch Awards
  • Alliance of Women Film Journalists EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature and Best Female-Directed Documentary
  • MPPIA Short Film Award
  • Pandora Audience Award (December 7)

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Every day of the festival is filled with films and events. The full lineup will be announced on November 4, and individual film and event tickets will be available for purchase online. Find quick links to the main events below.

Purchase advance ticket packages and passes on the festival website.

View the 2015 Event List

Signature Series
The Whistler Film Festival's Signature Series, featuring the Pandora Tribute, Spotlight and Variety 10 Screenwriters to Watch, honours distinguished artists of our time for their extraordinary contribution to the world of cinema with an award and on-stage interview with a celebrity moderator, as well as a feature presentation of their most recent film, if available.

For 2015 the Pandora Tribute will honour Kiefer Sutherland, and the Spotlight event will be an intimate conversation with Robert Carlyle - More Information

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Music Café
Every great film needs great music. New for 2015, the WFF Music Café has expanded to two days to include an evening showcase on December 4 and an industry panel and afternoon showcase on December 5. Produced in collaboration with Music BC, the WFF Music Café is a unique showcasing opportunity for British Columbian musical artists to perform for music supervisors of all filmed media looking for their next discovery, an industry of film, TV, documentary and music professionals looking for music for their next project, and film fans who love music. Ten songwriters and artists from across the musical spectrum have been selected and will each play a live 20-minute set. More information

Festival Credential or Industry Pass required for access.

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ShortWork Showcase
It's a short time, but a good time. And keep in mind, it's in a bar! WFF's ShortWork Showcase features a lively presentation of an eclectic collection of short films. Films will be announced on November 4.

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R:Rated Party (December 5)
WFF's R:Rated Party returns to mark its 15th anniversary celebration, promising to blow the roof off and then some.

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Awards Brunch (December 6)
Filmmakers, industry, and special guests gather to honour the talent behind some of the finest films showcased at this year's Festival. The event includes the presentation of Variety's 10 Screenwriters to Watch awards, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists EDA's Awards, MPPIA Short Film Award, and WFF’s coveted Borsos Award for Best Canadian Feature, the second largest cash festival prize in the country.

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Celebrity Challenge Ski Race & Awards Luncheon
December 5, 2015 I 8:30am – 3:00pm

Stars of the screen join stars of the slopes in WFF's annual Celebrity Challenge dual-slalom race on Whistler Mountain presented by Columbia. Open teams of four novice, intermediate or expert skiers and/or snowboarders, the event includes a designated Extremely Canadian coach with lift priority access, buffet luncheon and awards presentation. Proceeds raised from this "fun-raising" event support WFF's annual programs for Canadian artists, including our industry initiatives, labs and festival. More information.

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L’Oreal Mens Expert Bobsleigh Race
Experience the thrill of a lifetime! The inaugural L'Oréal Men Expert Bobsleigh Race will take place at the Whistler Sliding Centre, one of only fifteen international competition-sliding tracks in the world and venue for the 2010 Olympic games. The race starts with sport orientation, track etiquette, safety guidelines and a mock run before graduating to the real thing and reaching speeds of up to 125 km/hr! Teams of two including a roster of celebrities and athletes will take part in an adrenaline filled day with a light buffet lunch followed by a Champagne podium celebration. More information.

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Whistler Summit: December 3 – 5, 2015 | 9:00am – 6:00pm

Designed to facilitate international alliances and financial partnerships, WFF’s 3-day industry Summit features over 20 interactive sessions, including the new Power Pitch & Boot Camp, China Canada Gateway for Film® and Content Connections Workshop, that address a range of issues affecting the onscreen industry. WFF’s Summit directly connects to its slate of project development programs designed to provide creative and business immersion experiences for Canadian artists including the Feature Project Lab, Praxis Screenwriters Lab and Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship. WFF also collaborates with several industry organizations by hosting specific third party initiatives including the Women in the Directors Chair Industry Immersion, Women in Film & Television Film Market Preparation Mentorship, and the MPPIA Short Film Award Pitch with MPPIA and Creative BC. With 1,000 expected delegates including industry executives from China, India, LA, New York and Canada as well as top tier filmmakers, producers, and digital trailblazers, Whistler is the place to be, connect, and deal this December.

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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.


All screenings and events take place at one of six Whistler Film Festival venues, unless otherwise noted, and are centrally located in the heart of Whistler Village and within 10 minutes walking distance of each other. WFF Theatres include Rainbow Theatre, the Whistler Conference Centre, Millennium Place, Village 8 Cinemas, Garfinkel's and the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre.

Tickets and Passes

WFF’s online box office is now open for VIP Insider Passes and Ticket Packages allowing you to select your films in advance and share them with friends and family, as well as Industry Passes. New for 2015, WFF has introduced a Festival Credential that provides access to the Music Café, ShortWork Showdown and Festival Lodge, and is included in select ticket packages if purchased by November 30.

Individual tickets go on sale online and by phone (1-877-838-FILM) on November 4, 2015. The WFF Box Office located in the Kiosk directly in front of the Whistler Conference Centre (4010 Whistler Way) opens on November 27 for in person sales.

WFF is rolling out the deals for its 15th anniversary to ensure you have options to experience the best of the fest!

Here’s what’s new for WFF15:

  • Step into our Story, Purchase an Insider, Creator, or Founders Circle Pass
  • Festival Ticket Packages are replacing Gold and Platinum Festival Passes
  • The WFF15 Pack offers access to the best of the fest
  • Ticket Packages (excluding Gala Packs) purchased before November 30 include one Festival Credential, which is valued at $50 and provides access to the WFF Music Café, ShortWork Showcase and Festival Lodge.

Find out how to buy tickets
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Buy VIP Festival Passes
Buy Industry Pass

More information available at whistlerfilmfestival.com

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