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 2016 festival has ended – thank you to everyone who came. We’ll add information on the 2017 Festival here when it is released.


WFF16 features 86 innovative and original films from around the world and opportunities to connect with the people who made them.

The full 2016 line up can be found here.

Film Highlights Include:

The 2016 Festival will show 86 films in total comprised of 50 features and 36 shorts including:

  • 23 World premieres
  • 5 North American premieres
  • 17 Canadian premieres
  • 24 Western Canadian premieres
  • 17 British Columbia 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 On Sale Now.

View the 2016 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: December 1 – 4, 2016

A four-day industry Summit featuring 30 interactive business sessions and networking events that connects filmmakers and dealmakers.

Structured around bringing films to market and designed to provide filmmakers with tools to succeed both within and beyond our borders, WFF’s four-day industry Summit features over 30 interactive business sessions and networking events for filmmakers and dealmakers to delve into cinema’s converging fields of art, technology, and commerce.

Discover more Summit highlights and how to participate. Summit Page

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 2016 Tickets and Packages Here

Insider's Guide to Whistler Film Festival

Insider’s Guide to WFF 2016
Top Film Picks

The Insider teamed up with WFF programming director Paul Gratton for his top picks from the 80+ films on show.

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Moments of Inspiration:
Arts and Culture Itinerary

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