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Whistler Accommodation Rentals For The Whistler Film Festival

Whistler Film Festival - 2006The 7th annual Whistler Film Festival returns November 29 to December 2, 2007. This four-day extravaganza will feature inspiring films, dynamic industry sessions, cool parties and invaluable networking opportunities on and off the slopes at North America's number one ski resort. Don't miss the action!

Since its inception in 2001, the Whistler Film Festival has evolved from being perceived as a regional event to being a noteworthy addition to the global film festival circuit, complete with world premieres, renowned guests and an innovative professional development program.

With each passing year, the Festival continues to garner higher awareness levels among consumers, generate invaluable buzz and notoriety within the film industry, and earn national and international media attention.

The Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) is a non-profit cultural and educational organization committed to promoting, developing and celebrating a strong film industry in Western Canada, and to presenting the best films from this region, Canada at large and around the world to our community. WFFS strives to support artistic innovation, to profile new technology, and to provide a stimulating and enriching cultural experience for local, national and international audiences.

The 2006 Whistler Film Festival was great with the Opening Gala, winds up with the Filmmaker Tribute, peaks with the 6th Anniversary Party and winds down with the Awards Brunch.

Opening Gala

Kicking off the Festival, this event features one of the top film selections of the Festival preceded by the world premiere of Whistler Stories and followed by a festive party with entertainment.

FREE Outdoor Screening

After a day of skiing, head to the village for a free Outdoor Screening in the Skier’s Plaza. Enjoy hot chocolate while catching some of the best shorts of the fest. Screening starts at 5:00pm sharp!

Tribute to Norman Jewison

Join us for a tribute to one of Canada’s most celebrated filmmakers. Norman Jewison has been a vibrant force in the motion picture industry for four decades. He has been personally nominated for four Oscars; his films have received 46 nominations and 12 Academy Awards. He has also been nominated for three Best Director awards. In 1999, Mr. Jewison received the prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Award at the Academy Awards. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1982, and a Companion to the Order of Canada, our country’s highest civilian honour, in 1992. Most recently, Mr. Jewison was presented with the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award in 2004. Mr. Jewison will discuss his work in an informal conversation with noted journalist and author Brian D. Johnson, augmented by highlights from his illustrious career.

Celebrity Challenge

The Whistler Film Festival Celebrity Challenge is an invite-only dual-slalom race on Whistler Mountain, involving industry celebrities, filmmakers, and ski/snowboard pros. This event promises to garner a high level of publicity and excitement during the Whistler Film Festival. Proceeds from this “fun-raising” event go towards the Whistler Film Festival Society’s (WFFS) professional development programs for independent Canadian filmmakers.

Anniversary Party

The festival’s annual Anniversary Party to held at Whistler’s infamous Bearfoot Bistro celebrates the achievements of the Canadian filmmakers at the festival.

Awards Brunch

Join industry delegates, filmmakers and special guests to honor the talent behind some of the finest films showcased at this year’s festival. Highlights include the presentation of the:

Borsos Award for Best New Canadian Feature Film presented by the Directors Guild of Canada – BC District Council ($15,000 cash prize)
Best Actor and Actress Awards, Borsos Competition presented by the Union of BC Performers ($500 cash prize and $1,000 value gift package per award)
Best Cinematographer Award, Borsos Competition presented by Kodak Canada ($5,000 film stock award)
Best Documentary Award presented by CBC Newsworld ($5,000 cash prize)
Best Short Film Award presented by Movieola - The Short Film Channel ($1,000 cash prize)
Best Mountain Culture Film Award presented by Whistler Blackcomb (non-cash award)
Best Short Script Award presented by Citytv ($5,000 development prize)
People’s Choice Award for Best Feature Film of the Festival (non-cash prize; audience award)

Tickets are limited and subject to availabilty. Special event tickets if available can be purchased through the online Box Office or through the Whistler Festival Box Office from November 15 to December 2.

For more Whistler Film Festival village rental accommodation information, please view our properties online or contact us directly and we would be pleased to assist you.

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