Canada’s coolest film fest’ rolls out 2015 film lineup
Hottest lineup to-date unveiled for Whistler Film Festival’s 15 th anniversary celebration. Over $160,000 in cash and prizes to be awarded by esteemed juries.
Whistler, B.C. ( November 4, 2015): T he Whistler Film Festival (December 2 to 6, 2015) is proud to present its 2015 film lineup featuring fresh films from around the globe and more world premieres than ever before. Under WFF’s Director of Programming Paul Gratton, ‘Canada’s coolest film fest’ just got 50 degrees hotter. Building on the momentum built up over the last few years, this year’s edition features more award-worthy features, including the Canadian Premiere of Todd Haynes’ exquisite feature CAROL , and an unprecedented number of Canadian features with over 60% of our selections homegrown. If it is true that film festivals are like relationships, and are either growing, plateauing or withering on the vine, then it can be safely said that the Whistler Film Festival’s love affair with its audiences is in full bloom.
This year, festival goers can look forward to 89 films from 19 countries, selected from over 1,200 submissions, including 46 features and 43 shorts, exhibited on eight screens at six venues over five days. The film lineup includes 18 World Premieres, 12 Canadian Premieres, 5 North American Premieres, 25 Western Canadian Premieres, 20 British Columbia Premieres, and 9 Whistler Premieres. Programming Strands include Galas (Opening & Closing), American Indies, Canadian Vanguard, Discoveries, From the Vault, Gen Next, Late Night, ShortWork, Special Presentations, World Documentary, and World Now.
Films are programmed in 11 categories. 65 films are competing in six juried sections with 14 awards and over $147,500 in cash and prizing to be awarded ($32,500 cash and $115,000 in commissions). WFF Awards include: the $15,000 Best Feature Award sponsored by Telefilm Canada and the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia and $15,000 Post Production Prize sponsored by Encore, along with Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and new this year, Best Cinematography sponsored by the International Cinematographers Guild – IATSE Local 669. World Documentary Award presented by Tribute.ca; Mountain Culture Award presented by Whistler Blackcomb; Canadian ShortWork Award ($1,000 cash award); International ShortWork Award; Canadian ShortWork Award for Best Screenplay presented by Langara College ($ 1,000 cash award); Student ShortWork Award presented by Capilano University Film Centre ($500 cash award); MPPIA Short Film Award ($ 15,000 cash award plus up to $100,000 in services) presented by MPPIA and Creative BC; and the AWFJ EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature and Best Female-Directed Documentary
“The Whistler Film Festival has been on an notable upward trajectory over the past few years,” says Paul Gratton, WFF Director of Programming. “With more World Premieres and filmmakers vying to get their films into the festival, WFF has become a must attend event for the film industry and a go-to destination for Canadian filmmakers hoping to bring their films to the market.
In addition to the 19 feature titles previously announced for this year’s Whistler Film Festival, the following films have also been added to the lineup.
This year, Whistler keeps it real by opening with the Canadian premiere of Todd Haynes’ acclaimed drama of forbidden lesbian love set in the 1950s, CAROL. Winner of the Best Actress award (Rooney Mara) at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, this is an Oscar-bound film that also stars Cate Blanchett. Oscar buzz is also
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