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Whistler Film Festival Opens Call for Submissions for 15th Anniversary Edition

The Whistler Film Festival is seeking submissions for its 15th anniversary edition, which runs from December 2 to 6, 2015 and will feature up to 90 films comprised of about 40 features and 50 shorts. Canadian and International filmmakers are invited to submit films of all lengths and genres by the following deadlines: May 2 for early film submissions (discount on application); June 30 for regular film deadline; and August 15 for late film deadline with the extended late film deadline on August 31.

Cinematic excellence is at the heart of the Whistler Film Festival. To recognize the vitality of this art form, the 2015 Festival will feature six juried competitive sections and one audience award. Award categories include the Borsos Award for Best Canadian Feature, World Documentary Film Award, Mountain Culture Award, the International and Canadian ShortWork Awards, and the BC Student ShortWork Award. All feature length films are eligible for the Audience Award selected by the Festival-going public who cast their votes for the most popular film.

“We are anticipating another exciting year at Whistler in 2015,” says Paul Gratton, Wff’s Director of Programming. “Whistler is a festival that honors Canadian and international talent, and in just 15 years, has become one of Canada’s most important. It is particularly gratifying to note that distributors and producers are increasingly making Whistler a must-attend stop on the festival circuit, and that more and more Canadian films that receive a World Premiere at Whistler are subsequently picked up for distribution. The intimate and inspiring setting, and enthusiastic audiences are what make Whistler the ‘coolest film festival in the world’."

Celebrating its 12th edition in 2015, the Borsos Award for Best Canadian Feature honors independent vision, original directorial style and the diversity of talent found in Canadian independent film. Up to eight feature films of new, narrative work by Canadian filmmakers will be eligible. For eleven consecutive years, Borsos competition entries have exuded the creative fire and artistry embodied by filmmaker Philip Borsos, known for his inspiring work on the award-winning films " The Grey Fox" (1982), and "Bethune: The Making of a Hero" (1990). All films must be Western Canadian Premieres. An international jury of three will award a $15,000 Cdn prize, the largest cash festival prize for a Canadian film after Tiff. Esteemed jury presidents have included Jason Priestley, Luc Déry, Martin Katz, Bruce Greenwood, Ivan Reitman, Atom Egoyan, Donald Sutherland, Robert Lantos and Norman Jewison.

From the personal to the political, Whistler’s World Documentary Competition will showcase up to eight 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.

Up to four films will be eligible for the Whistler’s Mountain Culture Film competition. As a reflection of the festival’s unique setting, this award honours films from around the world that capture mountain places and experiences with a cinematic flourish. All films must be Western Canadian Premieres. A jury of three will select the winner.

Whistler’s ShortWork Competition will showcase up to 50 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 the International winner and a Canadian winner, which is eligible for a $1,000 cash prize.

The 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 three-person jury will award a $500 Cdn prize.

Film submission guidelines are now available at

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