Whistler Film Festival 2013
Whistler Film Festival 2013

I have been attending Whistler Film Festival in recent years and am always excited by the films and the program.

Following is a lineup of some of the industry events that will be happening there next week the 13th annual Whistler Film Festival (December 4 – 8, 2013) will host Variety’s 10 Screenwriters To Watch for the second consecutive year. This year’s honored screenwriters will share their personal stories and challenges related to succeeding in today’s film industry at an afternoon discussion on December 7th, hosted by Variety’s Vice President and Executive Editor Steven Gaydos. Variety will also present the screenwriters with an award at WFF’s Awards Brunch on December 8th.

10 screenwriters

Variety’s class of 2013 screenwriters and notable credits include American screenwriters Ned Benson (The Disappearance of Eleonora Rigby), Lucinda Coxon (Crimson Peak), Andrew Dodge (Bad Words); Kieran Fitzgerald (Bambi), Morgan David Foehl (The Asset), Jennifer Lee (Frozen), Barbara Marshall (The Exorcism Diaries) , Michael Mitnick (The Giver), Jonathan Tropper (One Last Thing Before I Go), ; and Canadian screenwriter Elan Mastai (The F Word) whose lead actor Daniel Radcliffe was one of WFF’s 2012 honorees. Eight of the ten screenwriters are attending this year’s Festival. Absent are Jennifer Lee who is on press tour for a film, and Ned Benson who is filming.

Variety’s 10 To Watch
series spotlights emerging writers, actors, producers, directors, comics and cinematographers. A team of Variety editors, critics and reporters selects the honorees.

“The writer's critical role in the filmmaking process is a primary reason why Variety's 10 Screenwriters To Watch has become a sought-after event at the Whistler Film Festival,” says Whistler Film Festival’s Executive Director, Shauna Hardy Mishaw. “With Variety showcasing the brightest and most promising new writers, the chance to meet and hear their stories firsthand makes this a must-attend discussion for both casual fans and aspiring filmmakers.”

Louise Archambault's 'Gabrielle'
Louise Archambault's 'Gabrielle'

Gabrielle (see our review HERE), Canada's submission for the Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, is one of WFF’s Special Presentations. Delightfully offbeat, the truly moving love story looks at a young woman's search for love and independence in the face of a genetic condition. Director Louise Archambault (read our interview with her HERE) and producers Luc Déry and Kim McCraw will join WFF Director of Programming Paul Gratton for a brief In Conversation on December 7 after the screening which begins at 4:00pm.

From December 4th to 8th, the Whistler Film Festival will celebrate its 13th edition in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, North America’s premiere mountain resort. The Festival will host filmmaking luminaries for an intimate five-day program of screenings, tributes, special events and industry initiatives. Recognized by filmmakers and film lovers alike as one of Canada’s most important showcases for film, the Whistler Film Festival is where artists are celebrated, audiences are inspired, new ideas are discussed, and business opportunities are solidified.

WFF’s film lineup and schedule, and industry Summit schedule are available at www.whistlerfilmfestival.com .

Here is some information about the Festival -

Whistler Fest

The Whistler Film Festival is supported by Telefilm Canada, the Province of British Columbia and the Resort Municipality of Whistler. Bell Media (CTV, Etalk, E!) is WFF’s lead partner. WFF is sponsored by Variety, Transcontinental Media (ELLE Canada), the Directors Guild of Canada - British Columbia, American Airlines, Sorel, Christie, Zoom Audio Visual Networks, Promosa Management, Tourism Whistler, Whistler Blackcomb and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler.

The Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) is a cultural 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, the industry and audiences in Whistler. WFFS produces one of Canada’s leading film festivals and plays a leadership role in offering professional and project development programs for filmmakers.