The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) is seeking submissions for its 16th annual festival, which runs from November 30th to December 4th, 2016 and will feature
up to 90 films comprised of approximately 45 features and 45 shorts. Canadian and International filmmakers are invited to submit films of
all lengths and genres by the following deadlines: April 30th for early film submissions (discount on application); June 30th for regular film deadline;
and July 31st for late film deadline with the extended late film deadline on August 15th.
Cinematic excellence is at the heart of the Whistler Film Festival. To recognize the vitality of this art form, the 2016 festival will feature six juried
competitive sections, one audience award, and will give out over $32,500 in cash prizes and commissions. Award categories include the Borsos Competition
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
“Building on the success of our first fifteen years, the Whistler Film Festival remains the last significant North American festival within each calendar
year, and continues to build on its reputation as “Canada’s coolest festival”,” says Paul Gratton, WFF’s Director of Programming. “For Canadian dramatic
films, all Western premieres will automatically compete for the prestigious Borsos awards, and participants at the festival will have unprecedented access
to distributors, broadcasters and commissioning editors from across the country. For non-Canadian entries, Whistler affords unique publicity and
distribution opportunities, and serves as an entry point to the North American market. This festival has a focus on indie production that continues to grow
in prestige and influence from year to year. As a filmmaker, Whistler is one festival that you can’t afford to miss.”
Celebrating its 13th edition in 2016, the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature honors independent vision, original directorial
style and the diversity of talent found in Canadian independent film. All feature films of new, narrative work by Canadian filmmakers presenting their
Western Canadian premieres at the festival will be eligible. In 2015, 20 entries were presented. For twelve consecutive years, Borsos Competition entries
have exuded the creative fire and artistry embodied by filmmaker Phillip Borsos, known for his inspiring work on the award-winning films “The Grey Fox”
(1982), and “Bethune: The Making of a Hero” (1990). An international jury of three seasoned industry veterans adjudicate the following awards: Best Canadian
Feature Film (the largest cash and commission festival prize for a Canadian film after TIFF, which includes a $15,000 cash prize and $15,000 post
production prize); Best Director of a Borsos Film; Best Screenplay for a Borsos Film; Best Performance in a Borsos Film; and Best Cinematography in a
Borsos Film. Esteemed jury presidents have included Carl Bessai, Jason Priestley, 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. An international jury of three will select the winner.
Up to five films will be eligible for Whistler’s Mountain Culture Film Competition. As a reflection of the festival’s unique setting, this
award 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.
Whistler’s ShortWork Competition will showcase up to 50 short films (under 50 minutes in length) within five short film programs.
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 and a $1,000 cash prize to the Best Canadian ShortWork Screenplay.
The BC Student ShortWork Award will be presented to a short film produced by post-secondary students in British Columbia selected from a
film program of up to ten films. A three-person jury will award a $500 CDN prize.
Film submission guidelines are now available at