Monday, November 26, 2007

Whistler Film Festival: Nov 29- Dec 2...

Michael Stevens @ WFF 2007...

The 7th annual edition of the Whistler Film Festival (WFF) runs Nov. 29 to Dec. 2, showcasing 92 films, including four world premieres.

Films of note include director Jonathan Demme's "Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains", 'Houdini' biopic "Death Defying Acts', Louis Lombardi's "Doughboys" and the Opening nite Gala screening of Canadian director Denys Arcand's "Days Of Darkness".

Director Paolo Barzman will also attend this year's WFF, presenting his Quebec-shot feature "Emotional Arithmetic", starring Susan Sarandon, Christopher Plummer and Gabriel Byrne.

Thursday, November 29, Gala Film Presentation 8:00pm, Opening Party 9:30pm

Friday, November 30, Tribute to Atom Egoyan 8:00pm

Saturday, December 1, 'Ego Bowl' on Whistler Mountain: the Whistler Film Festival 'Celebrity Challenge' is an invite-only dual-slalom race, involving industry celebrities, filmmakers and ski/snowboard pros. Proceeds go towards the Whistler Film Festival Society’s professional development programs for independent Canadian filmmakers.

Saturday, December 1, 9:30pm WFF Party, Live entertainment by Velvet

Sunday, December 2, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Westin Resort & Spa: Industry delegates, filmmakers and special guests honour the talent behind the finest films showcased at this year’s Festival.

Awards presentations include:

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)

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 ($500 cash award)

MMPIA Short Film Award
presented by MMPIA and BC Film ($15,000 cash prize plus up to $100,000 in services)

Audience Award for Best Feature Film of the Festival presented by Bell (non-cash prize; audience prize) - To be announced after the Festival

Outdoor Screening, Sunday, December 2: Cinema presented in the crisp outdoors with a giant screen illuminating a selection of short films including "Snowing, Going, Gone!", "Aboriginality", "Latchkey’s Lament", "Automoto" and "Back in ‘93"....