Lights, camera action! The Whistler Film Festival kicks off this month, taking place from November 30th to December 4th. The festival welcomes filmers, actors, and fans to experience a unique combination of cinematography and related events in the mountains. The work of established filmmakers and fresh new talent make up the bulk of the festival but awards and parties round it out. The festival’s contribution to both the film industry and Whistler’s art scene have even helped it earn the title of Whistler’s Best Arts And Cultural Event of 2013 & 2014 by the Pique Newsmagazine. There is more to this event that meets the eye, here is 7 facts about the Whistler Film Festival!
16 years and Running!
The Whistler Film Festival is a charitable association that was founded in 2001 which means it is celebrating its 16th birthday this year! Its original intention was to showcase the work of up and coming filmmakers as well as put Whistler on the map as a cultural destination, but in the 16 years it’s been around, it has grown into a prestigious industry festival that welcomes over 15,000 attendees.
Known as the Filmmakers Festival
The WFF features a selection of films from Canada and around the world. In addition, it is an international competition that will screen up to 90 films over the 5-day length of the festival. Variety has named it one of the top 30 film festivals in the not only because of its well-rounded and fun selection of films but it’s track record for launching new filmmakers!
Take in all the films and then party! There is an annual Festival Party at the Longhorn and after parties at Garfinkels as well as the GLC. So make your festival experience last well into the night.
Films on Films
Of course, the Whistler Film Festival has films and lots of them! There is a large range of genres that you are able to experience, from animation to documentaries and short to full-length feature films.
Get star struck at the Whistler Film Festival! There will be plenty of exciting guests that are either featured in the films, helped produce them or are here to enjoy the festival. Previous years have featured Kim Cattrell, and Kiefer Sutherland- just to name a few!
There is Awards Too!
It isn’t just a platform to showcase the work of talented individuals, it’s also a competition! WFF features the second largest cash/commission prize and there are many different categories that the films compete in for approximately 10 awards. Judges and juries collaborate to find cinematic excellence among the contenders and the fans get to sit back and enjoy the process.
The Whistler Film Festival has a little bit of everything, from intriguing films to special guests- this festival is a great way to kick off your winter season! What could be better than mixing fun in the mountains and on the hill with a little bit of culture! Want to join in? Book your accommodation with Whistler Reservations now!