to 90 films comprised of about 40 features and 50 shorts.
film deadline on August 8.
competitive sections and one audience award. Award categories include the Borsos Award for Best Canadian Feature, World Documentary Film Award, Mountain
Culture Award, the International and Canadian Shortwork Awards, and the BC Student Shortwork Award. All feature length films are eligible for the Audience
Award selected by the Festival-going public who cast their votes for the most popular film.
Canadian and international talent, and in just 13 years, it has become one of Canada’s most important festivals. It is particularly gratifying to note that
distributors and producers are increasingly making Whistler a must-attend stop on the festival circuit, and that more and more Canadian films that receive
a World Premiere at Whistler are subsequently picked up for distribution. The great setting and enthusiastic audiences make Whistler the ‘coolest little
festival in the world’.”
independent vision, original directorial style and the diversity of talent found in Canadian independent film. Up to eight feature films of new, narrative
work by Canadian filmmakers will be eligible. For ten consecutive years, Borsos competition entries have exuded the creative fire and artistry embodied by
filmmaker Philip Borsos, known for his inspiring work on the award-winning films The Grey Fox (1982), and Bethune: The Making of a Hero (1990). All films
must be Western Canadian Premieres. An international jury of three will award a $15,000 CDN prize, the second largest cash festival prize for a Canadian
film after TIFF. Esteemed jury presidents have included Luc Déry, Martin Katz, Bruce Greenwood, Ivan Reitman, Atom Egoyan, Donald Sutherland, Robert Lantos
and Norman Jewison.
From the personal to the political, Whistler’s World Documentary Competition will showcase up to eight innovative and unique documentaries from around the
world. With courageous viewpoints and a deep-rooted desire to explore, these films capture the human spirit in its many guises and often challenge us to
look at our world from a new perspective. All films must be Western Canadian Premieres. An international jury of three will select the winner.
honours films from around the world that capture mountain places and experiences with a cinematic flourish. All films must be Western Canadian Premieres. A
jury of three will select the winner.
feature films. Presented with verve and limited only by their duration, these short films display the extraordinary talent, dynamism and creative
exploration found in the work of some of the world’s most interesting filmmakers. A jury of three will select the International winner and a Canadian
winner, which is eligible for a $1,000 cash prize.
$500 CDN prize.
by the Directors Guild of Canada – British Columbia, Columbia Sportswear, Tourism Whistler and Whistler Blackcomb.