Whistler Film Festival

November 29 – December 3, 2017

Visit Whistler in early December for the 17th 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.


The developing 2017 line up can be found here. Check back as we continue to update the highlights.

Film Highlights Include:

  • PRODIGALS (Canada) Dir. Michelle Ouellet
  • THE MOMENT (Canada) Dir. Darcy Hennesey
  • THE LEARS (Canada) Dir. Carl Bessai
  • PORCUPINE LAKE (Canada) Dir. Ingrid Veninger
  • PAINLESS (USA) Dir. Jordan Horowitz
  • MOBILE HOMES (France/Canada) Dir. Vladimir de Fontenay

So far the 2017 Festival has announced 16 confirmed films including:

  • 6 World premieres
  • 3 Canadian premieres
  • 7 Western Canadian premieres

Although films are the foundation of the festival, each day is filled with exciting events that should not be missed. WFF offers unique opportunities for film fans and filmmakers to connect with talent, attend industry events, festival parties, and more.

Passes and Ticket Packages .

View the 2017 Event List

Signature Series
Our Signature Series recognizes distinguished artists of our time and honours them with an award and an intimate on stage interview, complimented by a feature presentation of their most recent film. The Signature Series includes a Tribute, Spotlight, Contender Conversation, and Variety 10 Screenwriters to Watch.

Past highlights include Kiefer Sutherland, Kim Cattrall, Richard Dreyfuss, Daniel Radcliffe, Jay Baruchel, Oscar winners Meg LaFauve (“Inside Out”) and Jennifer Lee (“Frozen”), and more.

What’s a film fest without galas? WFF opens and closes with two of the top films of the fest with both reception and party options available for attendees.

Festival Party
WFF peaks with our annual festival party on Saturday night. Don’t miss the action!

Music Showcase
Every great film needs great music. Featuring after dark performances, the WFF Music Showcase provides an opportunity for up to 10 export ready BC musicians to showcase their music and talent to film fans and filmmakers as well as music supervisors attending the fest.

ShortWork Showcase
It’s a short time, but a good time! WFF’s ShortWork Showcase features a lively presentation of an eclectic collection of short films in a relaxed bar setting.

Awards Celebration
Join filmmakers, industry and special guests to honour the talent behind some of the finest films showcased at this year’s Festival. WFF features six juried competitive sections, competing for 14 awards and $147,500 in cash and prizing to be awarded ($32,500 cash and $115,000 in commissions), and one audience award. The event includes the presentation of WFF’s juried film awards as well as the MPPIA Short Film Award, Variety 10 Screenwriters to Watch Awards, and the Alliance of Women Film Journalists EDA Awards.

Whistler Summit

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.

Discover the Tickets and Packages Here

Whistler Film Festival - Free Scandinave Spa passes with 2+ night stays

  • Stay 2 or more nights and receive 2 x Scandinave Spa bath passes to be used during your stay
  • Book by November 25, 2017
  • Valid for arrivals from November 27 - December 3, 2017
  • Minimum 2 night stay requred
  • 2 x Free Scandinave Spa bath passes per booking (bath access only, not valid on massages
  • Limited to first 100 bookings

Film Festival Package

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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


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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.

Book Really Early and Save on 2017.18 Winter Lodging

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