The Whistler Film Festival Kicks Off Today
Posted: Tuesday, December 03, 2013
The Whistler Film Festival starts today for the 13th consecutive year featuring an international film competition and a screen-based industry Summit. Whether you're visiting town to attend or not, this year's festival has something for everyone.
This year, there are 11 film categories and 84 films that will be presented in and around the Whistler Village: Special Presentations, American Indies, Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature, Mountain Culture, From the Vault, ShortWork, Documentary, World Now, Discoveries, Late Night, & Family.
Some of the most anticipated films at this year's festival are:
Cas & Dylan
The Whistler Film Festival Opening Gala features the Western Canadian Premiere Jason Priestley's heart-warming and inspiring road trip story starring Richard Dreyfuss and Tatiana Maslany, the winner of last year's Borsos Award for Best Performance in the film PICTURE DAY. The first showing takes place tonight at 6:30 pm & 9:30 pm in the Rainbow Theatre.
The Crash Reel
This documentary by Lucy Walker follows champion half-pipe snowbord legend Kevin Pearce's recovery from his devastating neck injury that lost him the opportunity to win an Olympic Gold Medal in the 2008 Winter Games. Catch the Western Canadian Premiere of this inspirational film at the Closing Gala on Sunday, December 8th with showings at 6:30 pm & 9:30 pm in the Rainbow Theatre.
Perfect for families and animal lovers, this 3D film follows the story of a domesticated capuchin monkey trying to survive in the Amazonian jungle after a plane crash during a heavy rain storm. This unforgettable nature doc features sights and wonders of a world rarely captured on film. You can watch the Western Canadian Premiere in the Village 8 Cinemas on Saturday, December 7th at 4:00 pm.
This unique film set in a fascistic futuristic world tells the unique tale of an abandoned toy who must escape from an evil child catcher. Directed by Craig Goodwill, the Canadian Premiere is scheduled for Saturday, December 7th at 9:00 pm as well as Sunday, December 8th at 5:30 pm in the Village 8 Cinemas.
Dallas Buyers Club
Matthew McConaughey stars in this film as true-life Texas ol' boy Ron Woodroof, a sexually promiscuous man who contracts HIV and decides to speak out and fight back against the American medical and pharmaceutical system. Don't miss this touching tale that will be shown on Saturday, December 7th at 9:45 pm in the Rainbow Theatre.
The international film competition taking place at this year's festival will hand out the following awards:
- Borsos Film Award for Best Canadian Featured presented by the Director's Guild of Canada BC
- Best World Documentary Award
- Best ShortWork Award (International and Canadian)
- Best Mountain Culture Film Award presented by Whistler Blackcomb
- Best BC Student Short Film Award
- Best Fashion Film Award in partnership with ELLE Canada
- MPPIA Short Film Award
- Audience Award for Best Feature
The Whistler Summit is a screen-based industry forum taking place at the Whistler Conference Centre that will cover both international and domestic issues. From December 5th until the 7th, filmmakers and dealmakers will discuss cross border distribution and commerce. Highlights of the Summit include the China Canada Gateway for Film Script Competition, the Crossing Borders program, and the WFF's ShortWork Lab. Passes are still available but must be purchased online or through the Festival Box Office. Check out the full schedule for more programming and pricing information.
Don't miss this year's Whistler Film Festival! You can still pick up passes, packages, and tickets from the WFF's Box Office located at the Whistler Conference Centre info kiosk.
For more information visit http://whistlerfilmfestival.com/.
We'd love to hear what films you plan on seeing at this year's festival and what you thought of them, so please feel free to leave a comment below.