Whistler, B.C. – The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) is now accepting film submissions for its 19th edition, which will run from December 4th to 8th, 2019. The lineup 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: May 17th for early film submissions (discount on application); June 30th for regular submissions; and August 15th for late submissions.
A celebration of cinematic excellence, the 2019 festival will feature up to seven juried competitive sections with 14 awards and $146,500 in cash prizes and commissions ($31,500 in cash prizes and $115,000 in prizes). Award categories include the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature Awards, the World Documentary Award, the Mountain Culture Award, the International and Canadian ShortWork Awards, the BC Student ShortWork Award, and the MPPIA Short Film Award, as well as the Alliance of Women Female Journalists’ EDA Awards for Best Feature and Best Short. All feature length films are also eligible for the Audience Award to be selected by the festival-going public.
“Building on the success of our past 18 years, the Whistler Film Festival remains the last significant North American festival within each calendar year, and continues to carry on its reputation as ‘Canada’s Coolest Festival’ and ‘one of the top destination film festivals in North America’,” says Paul Gratton, WFF’s Director of Programming. “For Canadian dramatic films, all Western premieres will automatically compete for the prestigious Borsos Awards and filmmakers will have unprecedented access to distributors and industry executives from across the country. With a focus on indie production that continues to grow in prestige and influence each year, WFF affords unique publicity and distribution opportunities and serves as an entry point to the North American market. Whistler is one festival that filmmakers can’t afford to miss.”
Celebrating its 16th edition, the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature presented by the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia honours 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 with Western Canadian premieres at the festival will be eligible. In 2018, 18 entries were presented. For 15 consecutive years, Borsos Competition entries have exuded and celebrated 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 presented by the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia and $15,000 post-production prize sponsored by Encore Vancouver); Best Director of a Borsos Film presented by the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia; Best Screenplay for a Borsos Film; Best Performance in a Borsos Film; and Best Cinematography in a Borsos Film sponsored by the International Cinematographers Guild | Local 669. Esteemed jury members have included Jamie M. Dagg, Bruce McDonald, Jennifer Dale, Charles Officer, Sylvain Corbeil, Deepa Mehta, Jason Priestley, Luc Déry, Bruce Greenwood, Kim Cattrall, Ivan Reitman, Atom Egoyan, Donald Sutherland, Robert Lantos, and Norman Jewison among others to date.
A new addition in 2019, the Best BC Director Award presented by the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia will recognize the achievements of a Director from British Columbia with a feature film in the festival. A jury of three will select the winner.
From the personal to the political, WFF’s World Documentary Competition will showcase 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.
As a reflection of the festival’s unique setting, WFF’s Mountain Culture Film Competition honours films from around the world that capture mountain places and experiences with a cinematic flourish. All films must be Western Canadian Premieres and a jury of three will select the winner.
WFF’s ShortWork Competition will showcase up to 45 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 both the International winner and a Canadian winner, who is eligible for a $1,000 cash prize.
WFF’s 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 jury of three will select the winner, which is eligible for a $500 cash prize.
Film submission guidelines are now available at www.whistlerfilmfestival.com.
Recognized as one of Canada’s leading festivals and industry events, the Whistler Film Festival will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 19th edition from December 4th to 8th. Featuring innovative and original films from around the world and opportunities to connect with the people who made them, this year’s five-day fest will be filled with a solid lineup of premieres, artists of our time, lively celebrations, unique industry initiatives, time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort destination.
ABOUT THE WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL SOCIETY
The Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) is a charitable organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, industry and audiences in Whistler. WFFS produces one of Canada’s leading film festivals and plays a leadership role in offering talent and project development programs for Canadian artists. Find out more at www.whistlerfilmfestival.com.