November 28 – December 2, 2018 | Various Locations in Whistler
The 18th edition of the Whistler Film Festival (WFF) wrapped Sunday night, living up to its reputation as ‘Canada’s coolest film fest’ with more premieres, filmmakers, artists and industry executives in attendance than ever before. With unique experiences ranging from live music to mountain top events, cinematic excellence remained at the heart of this year’s festival.
With more than 1,000 submissions, festival goers experienced 85 fresh films (50 features and 35 shorts) in 104 screenings from over 12 countries, including leading award season fare, meritable Canadian content and more female directed films than ever before. WFF remained true to its mandate of discovering new talent, with the inclusion of 16 first time feature films, 21 feature films directed by women (representing 46%), and with 64% of its program premiering Canadian features, more than any other international Canadian film festival this year. Plus, WFF’s juries featured some of the industry’s top talent, who presented 14 film awards and $146,500 in cash and prizing ($31,500 cash and $115,000 in prizes).
Fall for Arts Highlights:
Each year, the Whistler Film Festival recognizes distinguished talent of our time and honours them with an intimate on-stage interview followed by a feature presentation of their most recent film. Honourees have included Kiefer Sutherland, Kim Cattrall, Jason Priestley, Daniel Radcliffe, and more.
Every great film needs great music. In association with Music BC, the Whistler Film Festival presents up to ten export ready artists from BC who will showcase their music and talent to film fans and filmmakers as well as music supervisors attending the fest.
Calling all short filmmakers. It’s a short time, but a good time! The Whistler Film Festival’s ShortWork Showcase features a lively presentation of an eclectic collection of short films in a relaxed bar setting.
Check out the official WFF18 Festival Trailer: