the memories of this year’s event.
Mishaw, founder and Fest Head was, as always gracious and it was great fun to see her again.
the new digital cinema age.
career highlights during a special Tribute event with Variety’s VP and Executive Editor, Steven Gaydos.
I particularly enjoyed Gaydos’ panel on screenwriting. Seven out of the VARIETY 10 SCREENWRITERS TO WATCH were in Whistler to receive recognition and chat
to Variety’s VP Steven Gaydos’s. Screenwriters included Andrew Dodge (BAD WORDS); Kieran Fitzgerald (BAMBI); Morgan David Foehl (THE ASSET); Barbara
Marshall (THE EXORCISM DIARIES); Michael Mitnick (THE GIVER); Jonathan Tropper (ONE LAST THING BEFORE I GO); and Canadian Elan Mastai (THE F WORD).
Feature which features a heart-warming turn by movie icon Richard Dreyfuss and another scene-stealing performance by Tatiana Maslany, who won Best
Performance in a Borsos Competition film for the second year running.
is a non-cash prize presented to the highest-rated film as voted by the audience.
line-up of films – half of which were Canadian,” says Paul Gratton, WFF’s Director of Programming. “Audiences were more enthusiastic than ever before,
cross border business was done, and the caliber of celebrities that graced our presence was incredible. Our two Academy Award winners, Richard Dreyfuss and
Melissa Leo were beyond inspiring, and Jason Priestley’s directorial debut with Cas & Dylan was a hit among industry executives and the public. We are
very excited to carry this success forward for WFF 2014.”
of screenings, tributes, special events and industry initiatives. WFF showcased 84 films consisting of 42 features and 42 shorts on five screens in four
theatres over five amazing days including 19 World Premieres, 19 Canadian Premieres, 1 English Canadian Premiere, 34 Western Canadian Premieres, 3 British
Columbian Premieres, and 7 Whistler Premieres. 51% of the features and 60% of the short films were Canadian. Films from 14 countries were screened
including Canada, USA, UK, China, Austria, France, Denmark, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Brazil, Sweden, Latvia and Mexico. Total attendance, including industry
insiders, was on par with 2012 despite venue changes at 9,494 attendees (9,964 in 2012), including 628 delegates (a 13% increase compared to 556 in 2012).
coveted $15,000 Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature. The $1,000 Canadian ShortWork Award went to Anxious Oswald Greene, directed by Marshall
Axani. The $500 ShortWork Student Award went to Backward Fall by UBC student Andrew Pollins. The MPPIA Short Film Award presented by MPPIA and Creative BC
was won by Nick Citton for The Future Perfect, and consists of a $15,000 cash prize plus up to $100,000 in production services.
range of issues affecting the film, television and digital media industry including the second consecutive China Canada Gateway for Film® Script
Competition, and WFF’s new Feature Project Lab and Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship. Sessions were complimented by networking opportunities including
one-on-one meetings, roundtable sessions and receptions. Overall, Summit attendance was at 78% capacity with 1,331 attendees, representing a 20% increase
over 2012 (1,112 in 2012). In addition to the scheduled meetings that took place during the Summit, there was again a notable increase in unscheduled
meetings that took place outside of scheduled blocks proving the festival remains an important place for the industry to meet and do business. Industry
guests came from Canada, the USA and China to participate, and included some of the top talent and executives in the business. WFF announced three Canadian
film projects that will move into development with Chinese production financing. There were several other deal discussions that began at the Festival both
with China and other international investors.
Etalk, E!) is WFF’s lead partner. WFF is sponsored by Variety, Transcontinental Media (ELLE Canada), the Directors Guild of Canada – British Columbia,
Creative BC, American Airlines, Sorel, Christie, Zoom Audio Visual Networks, Promosa Management, Tourism Whistler, Whistler Blackcomb and the Westin Resort
& Spa Whistler.
The Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) is a cultural charitable 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 professional and project development programs for filmmakers.