Whistler Film Festival

December 2 – 6, 2020

Visit Whistler in early December for the 20th edition of Canada’s ‘coolest’ film festival with five action-packed days of innovative and original films from around the world. Events include film premieres, industry summits, talent programs, parties and special guest appearances by actors and directors. Plus, there's always time for skiing, après, fine dining and more.

Here's a look at what happened for 2019. Please check back again for information on the 2020 event.

2019 Film Highlights Included:

  • Lost Transmissions (Canadian Premiere) | Director, Katharine O'Brien, to be in attendance with lead actor, Simon Pegg
  • Spinster (World Premiere) | Director, Andrea Dorfman, to be in attendance with lead actor, Chelsea Peretti
  • The Irishman (Canadian Festival Premiere) | Director: Martin Scorsese
  • From the Vine (Western Canadian Premiere) | Director, Sean Cisterna, to be in attendance with lead actor, Joseph Pantoliano
  • The Aeronauts (Western Canadian Premiere) | Director: Tom Harper
  • Liberate: A Call to Spy (North American Premiere) | Director: Lydia Dean Pitcher
  • Antigone (Western Canadian Premiere) | Director: Sophie Deraspe

2019 Program Highlights by the Numbers

  • 86 fresh films, comprising of 43 features and 43 shorts from 15 countries
  • 11 first-time feature films
  • 13 feature films directed by women
  • 67% of the program premiering Canadian features – more than any other Canadian film festival this year
  • 15 film awards and $146,500 in cash and prizing

Whistler Summit

Featuring 25 interactive sessions designed to foster business collaborations in 2019, 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.

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.

Host Hotel


Westin Resort & Spa


Preferred Partner Hotels

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Resort Quest Whistler
Coast Blackcomb Suites
Whistler Peak Lodge

Festival Accommodation Partners

Aava Whistler
Delta Whistler Village Suites
Evolution Whistler
Hilton Resort and Spa
Nita Lake Lodge
Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside
Stoney Creek Lagoons
Summit Lodge Resort & Spa
Sundial Hotel
Tantalus Lodge Logo


Whistler Village Inn and Suites


Insider's Guide to Whistler Film Festival

Stand for Story: Top Movie Picks
for the Whistler Film Festival

With 86 films screening over 5 days, there are so many incredible movies to choose from. Check out the Insider’s hit list of must-watch flicks.

Painting workshop at Audain Art Museum in Whistler

Moments of Inspiration:
A Whistler Arts Itinerary

Prepare to be surprised and delighted when you uncover our creative side, where art is woven into everyday life and you're invited to join the fun.

Whistler Lodging Deals

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Photos from Past Whistler Film Festivals

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