The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) has announced its opening and closing night films, along with the full program lineup.

With more than 1,000 submissions, attendees can take in 87 films from 15 countries, including leading award season pictures and more female directed films than the festival has seen before. More than $146,000 in cash prizes and commissions is also up for grabs.

WFF is set to open with Joe Wright’s ‘Darkest Hour’, starring Gary Oldman and Lily James. Closing the festival is the World Premiere of ‘The Moment’, Darcy Hennessey Turenne’s latest documentary on freeride mountain biking.

Oscar-contending films screening at the festival also include the Western Canadian premieres of ‘I, Tonya’ starring Margot Robbie and ‘The Disaster Artist’ starring James Franco. Programming strands include American Indies, Canada 150, Contenders, Doc Bloc, Family Feature, First Features, From Overseas, From The Vault, Mountain Culture, ShortWork, Transgressive Tales, and World Premieres. All five ‘American Indies’ films at the festival this year will be shown on Canadian screens for the first time in Whistler.

Fourteen awards will be up for grabs including the the Borsos Award, World Documentary Award, Mountain Culture Award, BC Student Shortwork Award, EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature and Best Female-Directed Short Film and more.

The festival runs from November 29th to December 3rd, you can view a full lineup and find tickets here.


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