Whistler Film Festival

December 1 – 20, 2020

Canada’s Coolest Film Fest celebrates 20 years in 2020 with virtual events over 20 days from December 1 to 20 with an extended viewing window from December 21 to 31. The Whistler Film Festival will be presented as an online experience featuring film premieres, filmmaker and talent talks, and industry initiatives all scheduled for streaming convenience.

2020 Film Lineup

2020 official film and event lineup will be announced on November 5.

From December 1 to 20, WFF will deliver its 20th anniversary edition virtually to a national audience over 20 days with an extended film viewing period available from December 21 to 31 depending on the ticket package or pass purchased.

WFF is proud to offer a robust selection of films via its virtual model with up to 100 films, including 30 features and six short programs, that will premiere online throughout Canada and will be available to watch on December 31 at midnight. Celebrating Canadian excellence in film, over 60% of all titles offered online will be from Canada, including 15 titles competing in the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature. In addition, approximately half of WFF’s film lineup will be made up of first-time feature filmmakers and over 40% directed by women.

50% of all net proceeds will be shared with the filmmakers or Canadian rights holders, as a way of helping revenue challenged Canadian creators impacted in the current crisis. Each film will be available for a 24-hour window once ordered. Some restrictions apply in Quebec on a film by film basis.

WFF is also pursuing the possibility of physical, in-theatre screenings featuring a selection of top premieres as well as new titles for its loyal regional audience. All premieres will be socially distanced and contingent on provincial protocols to ensure that the venues and workplace practices meet and exceed public health guidelines. Additional details on physical screenings will be announced in November. More information at whistlerfilmfestival.com.

2020 Events

Beyond the film-on-demand experience, WFF will celebrate as many films as possible through an online series of events that include:

  • Bonus Features: Introductions and Q&As with the filmmakers
  • Talent Talks: Engaging, interactive conversations with top filmmakers and talent
  • Alumni Spotlight: Featuring 20 alumni filmmakers to mark our 20th anniversary
  • Spark Gala & Auction: The official kick off to WFF’s 20th anniversary on December 1
  • Whistler Après: To mark the peak of the fest Whistler-style on December 10
  • Awards Celebration: To to recognize the films and filmmakers in the seven juried competitive sections with 15 awards and over $45,000 in cash prizes and commissions ($20,000 in cash prizes and $25,000 in production prizes) to be awarded on December 20

Film and Event Tickets

The Festival’s online box office is open for film ticket packages and early-bird industry passes until October 31.

Individual film and event tickets go on sale on November 5 when the full film and event lineup is announced. Buy ticket packages and passes online

WFF Friends or Patrons Circle

Become a member of the Friends of Whistler Film Festival or Patrons Circle to get access to galas, films, receptions, parties and more. Join Friends or Patrons Circle now

Industry Access

Don't miss out on the action! Industry Passes are available online - view the Industry Summit schedule and Buy Industry Access online

Content Summit

Take your projects from concept to screen while navigating the rapidly evolving industry. From December 1 to 20, WFF’s Content Summit will welcome established industry leaders and content creators from around the world to their virtual mountain home to discover, network, and explore the ideas and actions shaping media entertainment today.

  • Attend 30 live, interactive sessions with 60+ speakers
  • Topics cover every aspect of filmmaking, from pitching, finance, production and marketing to distribution
  • Register for a pitching workshop with a master*
  • Register for 1+1 meetings with key decision makers*

*Limited spaces available.

Discover more Summit highlights and how to participate. Summit Overview and Registration

About the Whistler Film Festival Society

The Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) is a charitable cultural organization dedicated to furthering the art and business of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must-attend festival for artists, industry and audiences. WFFS fulfills its mission by producing a highly respected and recognized international film festival (WFF) and industry summit that draw industry, audiences and global exposure for Canadian talent; delivering a robust slate of talent programs for Canadian artists including screenwriters, producers, directors, actors and musicians; and through year-round film and event programming that enriches community life beyond the festival. In all its programs, WFF strives for gender parity, inclusivity and diversity.

The Whistler Film Festival Society acknowledges that the land on which their office and venues are located are within the unceded territories of the Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh (Squamish) and Lil̓wat7úl (Lil'wat Nations).

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
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Whistler Village Inn and Suites

 

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