Visit Whistler in early December for the 18th edition of Canada’s ‘coolest’ film festival. The Whistler Film Festival is five action-packed days of fresh films, epic events, industry connections plus time to enjoy the delights of the resort from skiing to après, fine dining and more.
Check back soon for updates on 2018 featured events. See currently announced 2018 films.
2017 Featured Events
For tickets to any event, visit the Whistler Film Festival website.
Music Showcase I
November 30 | 9:30 PM - 12:30 AM | Garibaldi Lift Co.
Every great film needs great music. Featuring after dark performances, the WFF Music Showcase provides an opportunity for export-ready BC musicians to showcase their music and talent to film fans and filmmakers as well as music supervisors attending the fest.
- 9:30 PM | Lazy Ghost
- 10:20 PM | The Katherines
- 11:10 PM | Vince Vaccaro
- 12:00 AM | Chris Buck Band
Signature Series: Artist Spotlight - Kyra Sedgwick
December 1 | 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (Doors 1:15 PM) | Maury Young Arts centre
Award winning actor Kyra Sedgwick has conquered stage, screen and television. Join the Whistler Film Festival as we recognize and honour her 2017 Luminary Award during this In Conversation event. This award recognizes a sublime artist whose body of work continues to inspire while shining a light on meaningful storytelling. Host: George Stroumboulopoulos
Signature Series: Artist Tribute - Bill Pullman
December 1 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Doors 3:45 PM) | Maury Young Arts centre
Beloved American actor, Bill Pullman of stage, screen and television. Join the Whistler Film Festival as we recognize and honour him 2017 Career Achievement Award. This award recognizes a formidable talent in film and television, whose longevity in storytelling and artistic achievement has culminated in a most prolific and inspiring career. Host: Jim Gordon - Film Critic, CTV
Mountain Culture Shortwork
December 1 at 7:00 PM & December 3 at 4:30 PM | Mountain Culture Shortwork
A collection of 6 short films celebrating the mountain sports and lifestyles we love. Film lineup includes:
- Becoming History - 20 Years of the NCAF (Canada | 2017 | 15 mins | Director: Mike Douglas)
- Tsirku (Canada | 2017 | 20 mins | Director: Eric Crosland and Tim Symes)
- Shades of Winter: Crossroads (Austria | 2017 | 8 mins | Director: Sandra Lahnsteiner)
- 2.5 Million (United States | 2017 | 20 mins | Director: Tyler Wilkinson-Ray)
- Finding the Line (Australia, Canada | 2017 | 16 mins | Director: Bjarne Salén)
- Fountain of Youth (Canada | 2017 | 26 mins | Director: Mike Douglas)
Grand Finale Party
December 2 | 10:00 PM - 2:00 AM | Longhorn Saloon & Grill
WFF peaks with our annual festival party on Saturday night. Don’t miss the action!
Includes access, appetizers and 2 drink tickets per person.
The 2018 edition of the Whistler Film Festival will feature over 80 innovative and original films from around the world and $146,500 in cash and prizes to be awarded.
The developing 2018 line up can be found here.
2018 Films Currently Announced Include:
- An Audience of Chairs (Canada) | Director: Deanne Foley
- Falls Around Her (Canada) | Director: Darlene Naponse
- Hugh Hefner's After Dark: Speaking out in America (USA, Canadian Premiere) | Director: Brigitte Berman
- Man Running (Canada) | Director: Gary Burns
- The Great Darkened Days (Canada) | Director: Maxime Giroux
2017 Program Highlights
- 87 fresh films from over 15 countries, including leading award season fare
- Meritable Canadian content
- More female directed films than ever before
- 16 first time feature films
- 14 feature films directed by women (representing 30% of this year’s feature film programming)
- 67% of program premieres Canadian features - more than any other international Canadian film festival
Featuring 25 interactive sessions designed to foster business collaborations, WFF’s Summit aims to provide practical intel for filmmakers and dealmakers, as well as spark debate through a variety of high-level keynotes and panel discussions on topics that include finance, marketing, distribution, technology and export. With up to 1,000 expected delegates including industry executives, filmmakers and digital trailblazers from across North America and beyond, Whistler is the place to be, connect and deal this December.
Discover more Summit highlights and how to participate. Summit Overview and Summit Schedule.
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.
Choose your films first! Purchase your ticket packages before single tickets go on sale and get first pick of your films. Single film tickets go on sale November 15. Buy packages online
Film and Event Tickets
Buy tickets to films and events. Single film tickets go on sale November 15. Buy tickets online
Patron Circle Access
Become a member of our Patrons Circle to get access to galas, films, receptions, parties and more. Buy Patron Circle Passes online
Don't miss out on the action! Industry Passes are available online - view the Industry Summit schedule and buy Buy Industry Access online
Whistler Film Festival Essential Escape Package - Offer Extended until November 30, 2017
2 x Free Scandinave Spa passes with 2+ night stays
Why stay at home on the couch when you could escape to the mountains for a weekend of fresh air, good sleep, movies and relaxation? Whistler.com has put together an exclusive package for Whistler Film Festival weekend so you can take time out to rest and unwind. Book two nights’ accommodation in Whistler at participating hotels and we’ll give you bath access for two at the Scandinave Spa for free.
- Book by Midnight, November 30, 2017
- Valid for arrivals from November 27 - December 3, 2017
- Minimum 2 night stay required
- 2 x Free Scandinave Spa bath passes per booking (bath access only, not valid on massages)
- Limited to first 50 bookings
Offer is only available with participating hotels. Search below to check availability with partner hotels.
Preferred Partner Hotels
Festival Accommodation Partners