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2014 Whistler Film Festival

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Prepare yourself for lights, camera, action when the 2014 Whistler Film Festival rolls through town this December 3rd to 7th. The festival brings with it a number of special events including the opening and closing gala, short work showcase, music cafe, signature series and more. Of course, the main attraction of the WFF is the number of amazing films available on tap. This year’s festival features 87 films, from 18 countries including 41 features and 46 shorts. To help you navigate what is WFF week we've put together a list on this year's can't miss events.

Attend a Film

This should go without saying but the if you're going to check out a film festival you've gotta check out a film screening or two. The film festival is a time to be adventurous so make sure to check out a film that's getting great festival buzz. Tickets for this year's festival can be purchased in package form online at a reduced rate or at the Whistler Box Office (located at the Whistler Conference Centre Kiosk) the day of the screening. For a complete look at the WFF line-up click here.

Opening and Closing Gala

Open and close the festival with a pair of great films and parties. Catch The Imitation Game on December 3rd followed by the Snowman on December 7th. Both films will be preceded by an opening gala one hour before the films are set to debut. Free drinks and appetizers will be served at the reception. Tickets for the event are $25 or you can be purchased as part of a package for $45. 

The Signature Series

Grab a seat and listen in on a series of interactive talks and panel discussions during the Signature Series. This year there will be five presentations each honouring a person or persons in film. Guest speakers include Canadian actress Kim Cattrell, producer Don Carmody, actress Sarah Gadon and Variety Executive Editor Dean DeBlois. Each conversation is held in an intimate setting and allows the audience to partake in a Q & A session. Check out the complete Signature Series Schedule below.

In Conversation & Career Achievement: Don Carmody

Thursday, December 4
Doors: 7:30 PM | Event: 8 PM
Whistler Conference Centre (Grand Foyer)
Tickets: $25

Spotlight on Sarah Gadon

Friday, December 5
Doors: 7:30 PM | Event 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Whistler Conference Centre (Grand Foyer)
Tickets: $25

Tribute to Kim Cattrall

Saturday, December 6
Doors: 7:30 PM | Event 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Whistler Conference Centre (Grand Foyer)
Tickets: $25

Variety Contender Conversation: Dean Deblois

Saturday, December 6
Doors: 3:30 PM | Event 4:00 PM
Whistler Conference Centre (Grand Foyer)
Tickets: $25

In Conversation: Variety 10 Screenwriters to Watch

Saturday, December 6
Doors: 2:30 PM | Event 3:00 PM
Whistler Conference Centre (Grand Foyer)
Tickets: $25

Music Cafe

The Music Cafe is a one-day event featuring musical performances from a number of Canadian artists. The event takes place at Garfinkel's nightclub on Saturday, December 6th from 1 PM to 5 PM. Five artists will hit the stage for a 30-minute set and perform a number of songs featured in a film, TV show or documentary screened during the festival. Artists set to perform include Wil, Chersea, Zaac Pick, Rococode and Humans. Access to the WFF Music Café is open to industry and Festival pass holders as well as Cinematic 6 Pack holders who will receive one WFF Music Café credential, based on capacity.

Celebrity Ski Challenge

The Celebrity Challenge is a dual slalom race on Whistler Mountain open to corporate teams of four novice, intermediate, or expert skiers and/or snowboarders. Corporate teams join filmmakers, directors, producers, actors/actresses and athletes in a fun, guess your time, slalom race. The team with most accurate times win. The race is followed by an on-mountain luncheon and awards presentation. Proceeds raised from this fun-raising” event will support our annual programs for Canadian artists, including our industry initiatives, labs and festival.

Photo: Mike Crane / Tourism Whistler

Posted by on Saturday, November 29, 2014