Whistler Film Festival

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The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) is an annual film festival held in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. Established in 2001, the festival is held the first weekend of December and includes juried competitive sections, the Borsos Awards, and the Pandora Audience Award.[1] A conference for the Canadian film industry, known as the Whistler Summit, is organised in connection with the film festival.

As of 2015, the Whistler Film Festival bills itself as "Canada's coolest film festival"[2][3] and has been increasingly attracting more distributors and sales agents.[4] The 2015 festival presented the Canadian premiere of Carol [5] and the world premiere of Rehearsal [6] among other world premieres.[7] About half the films screened are Canadian and Paul Gratton, who became the festival's director of programming in June 2012, would like the Whistler Film Festival to become a "mini-Sundance" for Canadian films.[4]

The 15th edition of WFF hosted 89 films, 10 events, and 30 interactive industry sessions. The event attracted 450 filmmakers and industry guests, and had a total attendance of 13,233 attendees (representing an 18 percent increase over 2014). The 2015 Whistler Film Festival awarded $158,500 in cash prizes and commissions.[8]

Film Competitions and Awards[edit]

The Whistler Film Festival features eight juried competitions with the following awards handed out at the Awards Brunch on the last day of the festival or post-event:[1]

  • Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature Film
  • Best Performance in a Borsos Competition Film
  • Best Screenplay of a Borsos Competition Film
  • Best Director of a Borsos Competition Film
  • Best World Documentary
  • Best Mountain Culture
  • Best ShortWork (Canadian and International Awards)
  • Best Canadian ShortWork Screenplay
  • Best BC Student ShortWork
  • Variety 10 Screenwriters to Watch Awards
  • Alliance of Women Film Journalists EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature and Best Female-Directed Documentary
  • MPPIA Short Film Award
  • Pandora Audience Award

The Borsos Awards are named after Canadian filmmaker Phillip Borsos.[9] The Pandora Audience Award is a non-cash prize presented to the highest-rated film as voted by the audience.[10]


  1. ^ a b Whistler Film Festival (October 16, 2015). "2015 WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL MEDIA BACKGROUNDER" (PDF). Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  2. ^ Belsito, Peter (9 December 2015). "The 15th Edition of 'Canada's Coolest Film Festival' Wraps". Indiewire. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  3. ^ Brodsky, Katherine (5 January 2016). "Canada's "Coolest" Film Festival". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  4. ^ a b Brodsky, Katherine (27 November 2015). "Whistler Film Festival: Canadian Content Meets Kudos Contenders". Variety. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  5. ^ Vlessing, Etan (4 November 2015). "Todd Haynes' Lesbian Romance 'Carol' to Open Whistler Film Fest". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  6. ^ Vlessing, Etan (25 November 2015). "Bruce Greenwood to Get Career Tribute at Whistler Film Festival". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  7. ^ Knight, Chris (8 December 2015). "Whistler Film Festival: We're not in Toronto anymore". National Post. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  8. ^ Hardy Mishaw, Shauna; Gratton, Paul (December 15, 2015). "WFF celebrates a successful 15th year". Whistler Question. Whistler Film Festival. Retrieved 28 February 2016.
  9. ^ Whistler Film Festival. "Awards & Juries". Whistler Film Festival. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  10. ^ Whistler Film Festival Blog (December 9, 2015). "It's a Wrap!". Whistler Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2016-02-28. Retrieved 28 February 2016.

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