Everything you need to know about the Whistler Film Festival 2017

The first weekend of December is nearly upon us and with it, the Whistler Film Festival 2017.

Once again, the WFF is delivering a STACKED lineup of films and industry events. There’s a bit of everything for everyone.

The only problem is, with so much going on, planning your itinerary can be daunting.

No worries though, we’ve got you covered. Here’s the barebones breakdown of the Whistler Film Festival 2017 to get you started:


What: New and innovative films from Canada and all over the world. Screenings, awards, celebrations, and industry meet-ups.

When: November 29 – December 3, 2017

Where: Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Venues:

Click here to expand the list of venues and their locations

THEATRES & VENUES

All screenings, events and industry Summit sessions will take place at one the following Whistler Film Festival venues.

Venue Location

Rainbow Theatre (RT)

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4010 Whistler Way

Village 8 Cinemas (V8C)

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4295 Blackcomb Way

Maury Young Arts Centre

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4335 Blackcomb Way

Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre (SLCC)

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4584 Blackcomb Way

Longhorn Saloon & Grill

4280 Mountain Square

Steeps Grill & Wine Bar

Whistler Mountain

Garabaldi Lift Co. Bar & Grill (GLC)

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4165 Springs Lane

WFF Hub & Industry Centre:
Whistler Conference Centre (Lower Level)

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4010 Whistler Way

Westin Resort & Spa

Westin Hotel at dusk

4090 Whistler Way

FireRock Filmmaker Lounge

filmmaker-lodge

4090 Whistler Way

Membership: All WFF attendees must purchase a one time WFF membership (for as low as $5). Purchase on this page.

How to buy tickets:

  1. For an individual film: Click on that film on the official schedule. On the film page, click the button below “Showtimes and Tickets” (which displays the date, time, and venue of the film) and a popup window with ticket options will appear.
  2. For a ticket bundle: Choose one of the options on this page.
  3. By phone: Call 1-844-307-7469
  4. In person: At the WFF Box Office and at the individual theatre box offices (tickets can be purchased immediately before a screening, if available).

Full list of films

Click to view the full list of films
2.5 Million

2.5 MILLION

Tyler Wilkinson-Ray

Every ski bum dreams of clocking 100 days in on the mountain. How about skiing 332 days of the year? Follow 26-year-old skier Aaron… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 7:00 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 4:30 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

8 MINUTES AHEAD

Ben Hoskyn

A first feature from cinematographer Ben Hoskyn, this film has a rather brilliant setup that allows Hoskyn to explore the cultural and socio-economic inequities… read more

NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 5:30 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 6
DECEMBER 1, 2017, 12:00 PM – SLCC

A GENTLE NIGHT (XIAO CHENG ER YUE)

Qiu Yang

A frantic mother’s desperation builds throughout the night as she searches for her missing teenaged daughter. This measured and gripping drama was the 2017… read more

NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 5:00 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

A SWINGERS WEEKEND

Jonathan Cohen

Three young couples get together to sexually trade partners in this year’s laugh out loud Canadian sex comedy. Lisa and Dan Brown seem to… read more

NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 9:00 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 8
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 7:00 PM – MYAC

A TO B ROLLERSKI

Arnis Aspers

“A to B Rollerski” is a feature documentary film that tells the story of Raimonds Dombrovskis’ epic roller-ski journey from Arctic to Baja back… read more

DECEMBER 3, 2017, 2:00 PM – MYAC

A WORTHY COMPANION

Carlos Sanchez, Jason Sanchez

An emotionally damaged woman in her twenties works for her Dad, while engaging in anonymous and rather violent motel sex with strangers. Laura (Evan… read more

DECEMBER 2, 2017, 9:30 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 8
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 8:30 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 7

ALL YOU CAN EAT BUDDHA (ALL YOU CAN EAT BOUDDHA – LE MEILLEUR DES SÉJOURS)

Ian Lagarde

Welcome to the Caribbean resort hotel El Palacio where the all-inclusive, all you can eat food stations compete with the golden beaches and the… read more

DECEMBER 2, 2017, 7:00 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 8
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 3:30 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 7

ANIMAL (HEYVAN)

Bahram and Bahman Ark

Looking for escape an Iranian man physically and mentally embodies a ram. The beast becomes a mechanism for survival in this visceral and visually… read more

DECEMBER 2, 2017, 4:30 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

ANOTHER WOLFCOP

Lowell Dean

This is Saskatchewan’s contribution to our cross-Canadian tour (though part of this was also shot in Sudbury). Director Lowell Dean was the man responsible… read more

NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 9:30 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 7

APART FROM EVERYTHING

Ben Lewis

Following a two-year absence and a stint in rehab, Fran returns to make amends with the girlfriend and brother she left behind. Emmy-winning Tatiana… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 4:30 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

BC STUDENT SHORTWORK

WFF’s BC Student ShortWork Competition includes nine short films produced by post-secondary students in British Columbia. read more

DECEMBER 3, 2017, 1:00 PM – MAURY YOUNG CULTURAL CENTRE

BECOMING BURLESQUE

Jackie English

A beautiful young Muslim woman, Fatima, is going for a walk in a downtown neighbourhood when she happens by a burlesque club. Fascinated, but… read more

DECEMBER 2, 2017, 7:00 PM – MYAC
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 9:00 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 6

BECOMING HISTORY – 20 YEARS OF THE NCAF

Mike Douglas

Twenty years ago the New Canadian Air Force and Salomon changed skiing forever with the release of the Teneighty ski. The original crew comes… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 7:00 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 4:30 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

BECOMING ICONIC

Neal Thibedeau

This documentary will have particular resonance to the many creators who come to Whistler with their first films in tow or with the hopes… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 5:30 PM – SLCC
DECEMBER 2, 2017, 12:30 PM – SLCC

BERNARD AND HUEY

Dan Mirvish

In 1971, at the peak of the American cinematic renaissance, Oscar/Pulitzer prize-winner Jules Feiffer wrote a blistering expose of male sexual dysfunction. Entitled Carnal… read more

DECEMBER 2, 2017, 5:15 PM – RAINBOW
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 1:30 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 7

BFF

Sofia Auza

In this quirky comedy, a young man searches for a best friend online. Will his Best Friend Finder profile attract the right one? Will… read more

DECEMBER 3, 2017, 4:30 PM – BRANDY’S AT THE KEG

Big Rock Shortwork Showdown

The Big Rock ShortWork Showdown hosted by Crazy8s Film Society is a unique event that brings together attending short filmmakers and industry friends for a… read more

DECEMBER 3, 2017, 4:00 PM – BRANDY’S AT THE KEG

BUDAPEST NOIR

Éva Gárdos

For anyone who liked Roman Polanski’s classic Chinatown, this is a Hungarian version, set in 1936 Budapest. Based on a best-selling novel by Vilmos… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 9:00 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 7
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 3:00 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 8

CARDINALS

Aidan Shipley, Grayson Moore

This is arguably Sheila McCarthy’s best on-screen performance since she burst on the scene in Patricia Rozema’s trail-blazing I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing in… read more

DECEMBER 2, 2017, 6:00 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 6
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 12:00 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 8

CLOSING GALA: THE MOMENT

Darcy Hennessey Turenne

In the past 20 years, the sport of mountain biking has transformed from being a fringe activity in the outer reaches of the outdoor… read more

DECEMBER 3, 2017, 6:30 PM – RAINBOW
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 9:30 PM – RAINBOW

COME TO BED

Mike Fly

Like most young couples, Phil and Claire are comfortable with their routine. After all, amid the work-sleep-work cycle week after week, there’s always one… read more

DECEMBER 3, 2017, 4:30 PM – BRANDY’S AT THE KEG

CYPHER

Lawrence Le Lam

Set in 1997 Los Angeles, where tensions linger between the Korean and Black communities after the ‘92 Riots, CYPHER tells the story of Jay,… read more

DECEMBER 3, 2017, 4:30 PM – BRANDY’S AT THE KEG

DEAR HATETTS

Kerry Barber

Kerry Barber shares a deeply personal account of a relationship torn apart after she’s accused of telling a lie. Simply but powerfully told, this… read more

NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 5:00 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

DEPTH PERCEPTION

Chip Taylor, Chris Murphy

The ultimate pre-season stoke show. Deep in winter, and even deeper in British Columbia, you’ll find more than just one of the world’s best… read more

NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 7:30 PM – MYAC
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 10:00 AM – SLCC

DISCO OBU

Anand Kishore

A bumbling film crew attempts to document a day in the life of Obu, a former child actor turned rickshaw driver. Intent on capturing… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 4:30 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

FATHER AND GUNS 2 (DE PÉRE EN FLIC 2)

Émile Gaudreault

Every year, Whistler prides itself on bringing you the highest grossing Canadian film of the year, and once again it is a Quebec comedy,… read more

NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 9:30 AM – RAINBOW
DECEMBER 1, 2017, 2:15 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 6

FEAR US WOMEN

David Darg

FEAR US WOMEN follows Hanna Bohman – a Canadian civilian who has spent the last three years in Syria as a volunteer soldier battling… read more

NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 5:00 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

FINDING THE LINE

Bjarne Salén

As professional skiers, Anna and Nat Segal have subjected themselves to a psychological and physical environment that constantly deals with fear and risk. Finding… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 7:00 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 4:30 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

FLASH FLOOD: A ROTOSCOPED DOCUMENTARY

Alli MacKay

FLASH FLOOD pairs intimate transgender testimonials with dreamlike animation depicting three people marooned in a cataclysmic flood event. As they struggle to find each… read more

DECEMBER 3, 2017, 1:00 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

FLOATING LIGHT

Natalie Murao

Two sisters return home from summer camp for their Buddhist grandfather’s funeral. While struggling to understand the older generation’s Japanese traditions, the youngest sister… read more

DECEMBER 3, 2017, 1:00 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

FOR NONNA ANNA

Luis De Filippis

In this poignant and thoughtful portrait of intersectional womanhood, a trans girl cares for her elderly Italian grandmother. She assumes that her Nonna disapproves… read more

DECEMBER 2, 2017, 4:30 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

Mike Douglas

After an extraordinary career as a professional skier and filmmaker, local legend Mike Douglas is beginning to wonder how long his health and his… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 7:00 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 4:30 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

GOOD GIRLS DON’T

Ana de Lara

A playful comedy about a Filipina-Canadian girl who defies her mother’s warning that she’ll turn into a boy if she plays sports (spoiler alert:… read more

DECEMBER 2, 2017, 4:30 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

HEAVEN’S FLOOR

Lori Stoll

While this is technically not a Canadian film per se, it might as well be, so palpable is its love and affection for the… read more

NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 6:00 PM – SLCC
DECEMBER 1, 2017, 1:00 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 7

HOCHELAGA, LAND OF SOULS (HOCHELAGA, TERRE DES ÂMES)

François Girard

This is Canada’s entry in this year’s Best Foreign-language Oscar competition, and it is a handsome, respectful slice of early Canadian history, directed by… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 8:00 PM – SLCC
DECEMBER 2, 2017, 9:30 AM – RAINBOW

HOLY ANGELS

Jay Cardinal Villeneuve

On the outskirts of Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, stands an ominous brick building: Holy Angels Residential School, built in 1874. Using the school as a… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 4:30 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

I, TONYA

Craig Gillespie

One of the most pleasant surprises of this year’s festival season has been this break out buzz film about disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding…. read more

DECEMBER 2, 2017, 8:30 PM – RAINBOW
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 3:00 PM – RAINBOW

IRIDESCENCE

Max Beauchamp

IRIDESCENCE is the story of an abusive and repressed father and a son who is struggling to accept his sexuality. This experimental film uses… read more

DECEMBER 3, 2017, 1:00 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

JUGGERNAUT

Daniel DiMarco

Some people are just born with explosively short tempers and violence coursing through their veins. Juggernaut (developed under the title Wrecking Ball) tells the… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 8:30 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 8
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 5:30 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 8

LAST FLAG FLYING

Richard Linklater

A sort of spiritual successor to the classic Jack Nicholson movie The Last Detail, Last Flag Flying tells the story of former Navy Corps… read more

NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 5:30 PM – RAINBOW
DECEMBER 1, 2017, 3:15 PM – RAINBOW

LIONS IN WAITING

Jason Karman

The newest member of a minor league hockey team, Ray, experiences hazing by his new teammates as he struggles to fit in both on… read more

DECEMBER 3, 2017, 1:00 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

LOLZITA

Katie Boland

Angelina, a naive but social media-savvy young woman, navigates her boring suburban reality while maintaining a provocative and powerful fantasy life as an Instagram… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 4:30 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

MOBILE HOMES

Vladimir de Fontenay

This France-Canada co-production takes a searing look at a young Maritime mother with an eight-year-old son and a stoner of a boyfriend who drift… read more

NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 8:30 PM – SLCC
DECEMBER 1, 2017, 12:30 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 8

MONDAY

Liz Levine

Lily is forced to confront painful memories when her troubled son asks her uncomfortable questions about his origins. Their difficult relationship is tested by… read more

NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 5:00 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

MOUNTAIN CULTURE SHORTWORK

Presented with verve and limited only by their duration, these short films display the extraordinary talent, dynamism and creative exploration found in the work… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 7:00 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 4:30 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

NEGATIVE SPACE

Max Porter and Ru Kuwuhata

A nostalgic animated short about the complicated relationship between a father, who travels often for business, and the son he leaves behind. One of… read more

NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 5:00 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

NEVER HERE

Camille Thoman

In his final film Sam Shepard plays Paul Stark, a married man with a sick wife who is having an affair with artists Miranda… read more

NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 3:00 PM – RAINBOW
DECEMBER 2, 2017, 1:30 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 7

NEVER SAW IT COMING

Gail Harvey

Based on a novel by best-selling author Linwood Barclay, this dark comic thriller will have you on the edge of your seat. Emily Hampshire… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 8:00 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 6
DECEMBER 2, 2017, 4:00 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 7

Nobody Famous

NOBODY FAMOUS

Sarah Rotella

This is a deliciously wicked dark comedy aimed at aspiring actors. A group of young attractive wannabes, all struggling to find that breakout role… read more

DECEMBER 2, 2017, 3:30 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 6
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 12:00 PM – SLCC

NORTH OF NOWHERE

Brady Keeler

Set in the harsh winter of the Klondike at the turn of the 20th Century, NORTH OF NOWHERE follows one woman’s struggle to flee… read more

DECEMBER 3, 2017, 1:00 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

OPENING GALA: DARKEST HOUR

Joe Wright

There are perhaps two great Dunkirk movies this year, but this is the one that features one of the best performances by an actor… read more

NOVEMBER 29, 2017, 6:30 PM – RAINBOW THEATRE
NOVEMBER 29, 2017, 9:30 PM – RAINBOW

ORDINARY DAYS

Jordan Canning, Kris Booth, Renuka Jeyapalan

Our quick fly-over Canada continues, with this astounding Rashomon-like exercise in cinematic storytelling, shot in Ontario, and divided into three distinct parts, each helmed… read more

DECEMBER 2, 2017, 9:30 PM – MYAC

Painless

PAINLESS

Jordan Horowitz

An ingenious thriller with an unusual premise, but one that has some basis in medical science. A man’s life has been consumed by the… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 5:30 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 8
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 6:15 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 6

PERMISSION

Brian Crano

A New York couple has been happily living together for a number of years. On the verge of marriage, a friend suggests that maybe… read more

NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 12:30 PM – RAINBOW
DECEMBER 1, 2017, 2:45 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 8

PORCUPINE LAKE

Ingrid Veninger

The genesis for this project occurred right here in Whistler, when Melissa Leo agreed to finance the development of five female written projects with… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 5:00 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 6
DECEMBER 2, 2017, 3:00 PM – SLCC

PRE-DRINK

Marc-Antoine Lemire

Alexe, a trans woman, and Carl, her gay best friend, test the boundaries of their friendship when they decide to have sex for the… read more

NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 5:00 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

Prodigals

PRODIGALS

Michelle Ouellet

In 2013, first-time feature director Michelle Ouellet entrusted the Whistler Film Festival with her first feature film Afterparty. Following its World Premiere, it went… read more

NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 6:00 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 8
DECEMBER 2, 2017, 10:00 AM – SLCC

Santa Stole Our Dog

SANTA STOLE OUR DOG: A MERRY DOGGONE CHRISTMAS!

Bryan Michael Stoller

Bryan Michael Stoller was born in Peterborough, and from his early years always dreamed of becoming a filmmaker. At the age of eleven, he… read more

DECEMBER 2, 2017, 4:30 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 8
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 4:30 PM – SLCC

SHADES OF WINTER: CROSSROADS

Sandra Lahnsteiner

After presenting our Closing Night selection Shades of Winter: Between last year, Austrian skier/ filmmaker Sandra Lahnsteiner shot this quick chronicle of her Canadian… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 7:00 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 4:30 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

SHORTWORK ONE

Presented with verve and limited only by their duration, these short films display the extraordinary talent, dynamism and creative exploration found in the work… read more

NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 5:00 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

SHORTWORK TWO

Presented with verve and limited only by their duration, these short films display the extraordinary talent, dynamism and creative exploration found in the work… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 4:30 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

SHORTWORK THREE

Presented with verve and limited only by their duration, these short films display the extraordinary talent, dynamism and creative exploration found in the work… read more

DECEMBER 2, 2017, 4:30 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

SOMEONE ELSE’S WEDDING

Pat Kiely

Pat Kiely, who graced the Whistler Film Festival with his 2013 film Three Night Stand returns to Whistler with this wedding comedy/drama featuring an… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 6:00 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 7
DECEMBER 2, 2017, 1:00 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 6

SOMETHING BY THE MANBOYS

Rusty Ockenden

SOMETHING is the latest series from renowned Whistler locals Chris Rasman, Rusty Ockenden, Matt Belzile and Jody Wachniak better known as “The Manboys.” Join… read more

NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 7:30 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 10:00 AM – SQUAMISH LIL’WAT CULTURAL CENTRE

STORY OF A GIRL

Kyra Sedgwick

Acclaimed acting talent Kyra Sedgwick tackles a very topical subject, online shaming and bullying, with tact and sensitivity. This is her first directorial effort,… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 6:00 PM – RAINBOW
DECEMBER 2, 2017, 12:30 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 8

THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN

Jared Moshe

There is perhaps no greater pleasure as a film buff than watching a journeyman actor having the time of his life in a role… read more

NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 8:30 PM – RAINBOW
DECEMBER 1, 2017, 3:15 PM – RAINBOW

THE BEEP TEST (LA COURSE NAVETTE)

Maxime Aubert

The mysterious new student at school, Wojtek, becomes the target for classmates in search of entertainment. Unable to stand up for himself verbally, Wojtek… read more

DECEMBER 2, 2017, 4:30 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

THE BURDEN (MIN BÖRDA)

Niki Lindroth von Bahr

In this comically dark animated musical, the animal occupants of a shopping centre next to a large freeway sing out their existential angst. Amid… read more

DECEMBER 2, 2017, 4:30 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

THE BUTTERFLY (LA MARIPOSA)

Andy Alvarez

Carol is a seven-year-old girl who faces the challenge of being a refugee in a new country. Not knowing the language, customs, or culture… read more

DECEMBER 3, 2017, 1:00 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

THE CANNON

Marshall Axani

All the comedic awkwardness of being on a porn set and having to mechanically perform on cue is comically summarized in the opening sequence… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 9:30 PM – MYAC

DECEMBER 3, 2017, 4:00 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 6


THE DEFINITES

Hannah Cheesman and Mackenzie Donaldson

This a slick, polished study of a woman seeking to find herself through a plunge into hedonistic pleasures. In the opening scenes, it becomes… read more

DECEMBER 2, 2017, 6:30 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 7
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 2:00 PM – SLCC

THE DISASTER ARTIST

James Franco

Based on the book by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell, this is arguably the funniest American movie of the year. It tells the true-life… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 9:00 PM – RAINBOW
DECEMBER 2, 2017, 3:00 PM – RAINBOW

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ

Kate Novack

A remarkable documentary profile of 6 foot 5 inch African American former Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley, an imposing figure seen in most of… read more

NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 3:30 PM – SLCC
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 8:00 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 8

THE LEARS

Carl Bessai

B.C. based filmmaker Carl Bessai met with producer Irwin Olian (NeoClassics Films) during the Whistler Film Festival in 2015. The Lears is the result… read more

NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 6:30 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 7
DECEMBER 1, 2017, 12:30 PM – RAINBOW

THE OTHER SIDE OF PORCUPINE LAKE

Julian Papas

Porcupine Lake had its developmental genesis at the Whistler Film Festival in 2013, but this is a quietly observational documentary that actually goes on… read more

DECEMBER 2, 2017, 5:30 PM – SLCC

The Prodigal Dad

THE PRODIGAL DAD

Robert Wenzek

This is a very funny film shot in the Vancouver area, that will remind some people of a home-grown version of the international hit… read more

NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 8:00 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 6
DECEMBER 1, 2017, 12:00 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 6

THE RESIDUE OF A RELATIONSHIP

Brett Chapman

Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy makes a film? When Brett’s girlfriend breaks up with him, she leaves behind seven unopened letters. Now… read more

DECEMBER 3, 2017, 4:30 PM – BRANDY’S AT THE KEG

THE ROOM

Tommy Wiseau

With The Disaster Artist making a smash on this year’s festival circuit, what can you say about the phenomenon known as The Room that… read more

DECEMBER 2, 2017, 12:00 PM – RAINBOW
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 12:30 PM – RAINBOW

THE STAKEOUT

Jax Smith

When small-town police officers Hank and Sheryl find themselves with time to kill on a last minute stakeout, what starts as a casual conversation… read more

NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 5:00 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

THE THINGS YOU THINK I’M THINKING

Sherren Lee

A burn victim and amputee faces his insecurities when he goes on a date with a regularly-abled man. His attempt to experience intimacy for… read more

DECEMBER 2, 2017, 4:30 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

THE UNDERTAKER’S SON

The Affolter Brothers

Christopher accompanies his father to work for the first time to learn the family undertaking business, but is confronted by a tragic death that… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 4:30 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE


THERE IS A HOUSE HERE

Alan Zweig

Award-winning director Alan Zweig takes his compassionate, inquisitive mind and points his camera to life in the Far North for the Inuit. Connecting with… read more

DECEMBER 2, 2017, 8:00 PM – SLCC
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 9:00 PM – MYAC

THREE DISTINCT IMPRESSIONS

Bijan Karim

While attempting to reconnect with a bitter ex lover, a drifter with a selective memory gets burdened with returning a lost wallet. Meandering through… read more

DECEMBER 3, 2017, 1:00 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

TRENCH 11

Leo Scherman

An unusual World War I set horror movie shot in Winnipeg, but set in France in 1918, in the final days of the war…. read more

DECEMBER 2, 2017, 9:00 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 7
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 6:30 PM – SLCC

TSIRKU

Eric Crosland and Tim Symes

Shot in BC’s remote region of Haine’s Pass, Tsirku follows two skiers and a snowboarder as they face a challenging expedition to the legendary… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 7:00 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 4:30 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

TULIPANI: LOVE, HONOUR, AND A BICYCLE (TULIPANI: LIEFDE, EER EN EEN FIETS)

Mike Van Diem

This is a beautifully sun-dappled co-production between Canada, the Netherlands, and Italy. A Canadian woman (Anna, played by Ksenia Solo) goes to Italy to… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 3:30 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 7
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 10:00 AM – RAINBOW

UNINTENTIONAL MOTHER

Mary Galloway

In this stirring drama a young nanny, Anna, and the six-year-old she cares for, Lucas, form a deep and loving bond as they experience… read more

DECEMBER 2, 2017, 4:30 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

UP & AWAY

Tito Ferradans

With society on the brink of collapse, one married couple has the chance to escape earth and start a new life—but a secret between… read more

DECEMBER 3, 2017, 1:00 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

VENUS

Eisha Marjara

New York-based actor Debargo Sanyal gives a brilliant performance as Sid, a transitioning woman from Montreal. Her East Indian parents (played by Zena Daruwalla… read more

DECEMBER 2, 2017, 8:30 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 6
DECEMBER 3, 2017, 6:00 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 7

VIOLET AND JUNE

Linnea Ritland

VIOLET AND JUNE is a romantic comedy about falling in love, the terror of being alive in a cold heartless universe, and the comfort… read more

DECEMBER 3, 2017, 1:00 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

WAITING FOR LOU (EN ATTENDANT LOU)

Katerine Martineau

16 year-old Jess is invited on a California road trip by her eccentric grandmother Lou, who is about to be released from jail. The… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 4:30 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE

WE FORGOT TO BREAK UP

Chandler Levack

Ex band manager, Evan, unexpectedly returns one night to face his now-famous former band mates and childhood friends to seek permission for a tell-all… read more

DECEMBER 3, 2017, 4:30 PM – BRANDY’S AT THE KEG

WORLD OF DARKNESS

Giles Alderson

The world of gaming has come a long way from the days of Dungeons and Dragons, and one of the most popular and long-lasting… read more

NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 9:45 PM – MYAC
DECEMBER 1, 2017, 2:30 PM – SLCC

Full list of events

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Awards Celebration

Join filmmakers, industry and special guests to honor the talent behind some of the finest films showcased at this year’s Festival. WFF features seven… read more

MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE DECEMBER 3, 2017, 10:00 AM


Big Rock Shortwork Showdown

The Big Rock ShortWork Showdown hosted by Crazy8s Film Society is a unique event that brings together attending short filmmakers and industry friends for a… read more

DECEMBER 3, 2017, 4:00 PM – BRANDY’S AT THE KEG


CLOSING GALA: THE MOMENT

Darcy Hennessey Turenne

In the past 20 years, the sport of mountain biking has transformed from being a fringe activity in the outer reaches of the outdoor… read more

DECEMBER 3, 2017, 6:30 PM – RAINBOW

DECEMBER 3, 2017, 9:30 PM – RAINBOW


Grand Finalé Festival Party

WFF peaks with our annual festival party. Don’t miss the action! Tickets: $50 Includes access, appetizers and 2 drink tickets per person. Sponsored by:… read more

DECEMBER 2, 2017, 10:00 PM – LONGHORN SALOON


Masterclass

WFF presents an intimate conversation with a master filmmaker, a prolific actor, director, writer or producer, who will share insights into their career and… read more

NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 1:30 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE


MPPIA Short Film Award Pitch

The 11th annual MPPIA Short Film Award Pitch Competition features five shortlisted candidates from British Columbia who will pitch their projects before a jury… read more

DECEMBER 2, 2017, 11:00 AM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE


Music Showcase I

Every great film needs great music. Featuring after dark performances, the WFF Music Showcase provides an opportunity for eight export ready BC musicians to… read more

NOVEMBER 30, 2017, 9:30 PM – GARIBALDI LIFT COMPANY (GLC)


Music Showcase II

Every great film needs great music. Featuring after dark performances, the WFF Music Showcase provides an opportunity for eight export ready BC musicians to… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 9:30 PM – LONGHORN SALOON


OPENING GALA: DARKEST HOUR

Joe Wright

There are perhaps two great Dunkirk movies this year, but this is the one that features one of the best performances by an actor… read more

NOVEMBER 29, 2017, 6:30 PM – RAINBOW THEATRE

NOVEMBER 29, 2017, 9:30 PM – RAINBOW


Signature Series: Artist Spotlight – Kyra Sedgwick

Join the Whistler Film Festival to recognize and honour one of the most distinguished artists of our time in an intimate and captivating conversation… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 1:30 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE


Signature Series: Artist Tribute – Bill Pullman

Join the Whistler Film Festival to recognize and honour one of the most distinguished artists of our time in an intimate and captivating conversation… read more

DECEMBER 1, 2017, 3:00 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE


Signature Series: Canada 150 Spotlight on Talent

Join the Whistler Film Festival in an intimate and lively conversation to shine a spotlight on some of Canada’s most recognizable young actors with… read more

DECEMBER 2, 2017, 1:30 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE


Signature Series: Variety 10 Screenwriters to Watch

Here from the brightest and most promising new writers honoured by Variety this year. WFF was delighted to collaborate for the sixth consecutive year… read more

DECEMBER 2, 2017, 3:00 PM – MAURY YOUNG ARTS CENTRE


Women on Top: Keynote & Breakfast

To mark our commitment to championing women in the industry and to celebrate the women directors and talent at this year’s fest, WFF invites… read more

DECEMBER 2, 2017, 9:00 AM – STEEPS GRILL

Awards and juries: WFF features seven juried sections. This year, WFF will present 14 film awards, with over $146,500 in cash and prizing ($31,500 cash and $115,000 in prizes). Learn more.

WFF Industry Summit: “WFF’s four-day curated industry Summit features over 25 interactive business sessions and networking events for filmmakers and dealmakers to delve into cinema’s converging fields of art, technology, and commerce.”

* Patrons Circle Pass, Premium Industry Pass, Industry Pass or Industry Day Pass required for access to the WFF Summit.

Register for an industry pass for Festival and Summit access. Industry Registration »

For more information on the Summit Schedule, please visit the Schedule page »

Other information: Click to view the official “How to WFF” guide.

 

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