The Whistler Film Festival has announced its slate of films for their 2012 edition, which runs from November 28th to December 2nd. Programmers narrowed down over 800 submissions to 76, offering 42 features and 34 shorts from throughout Canada, but also extending to the United States, China, Japan, the Netherlands, and France.
The Festival opens the 28th with Michael McGowan’s “Still,” which revolves around an elderly farmer at odds with local government as he attempts to build a home for his ailing wife. McGowen is no stranger to the Festival, opening it in 2008 with “One Week” and screening in 2004 with “Saint Ralph.” The Festival will close the 2nd with “The Sheepdogs Have At It,” John Barnard’s documentary about the Canadian band The Sheepdogs.
Programmers divided the remaining films into ten different categories, providing ample support for both the casual film-goer and the festival junkie. These also include returning competitions, including the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature which has 8 films competing for a $15,000 cash prize selected by the Directors Guild of Canada, and the Documentary competition which also has 8 titles vying for contention. Other returning programs are World Now, focusing on the Festivals selection of World Premieres, Shortwork, comprising of the 34 shorts in the selection, and the slate of Special Presentations which includes Joe Wright’s high profile version of “Anna Karenina.” New to the Festival are the Late Night Terrorfest, the GKids Showcase which offers animated films from around the world, the Discoveries series, and the American Indies series offering four titles from the US.
More information about the films, schedules, tickets and passes can be found on the Festival’s official website.