Whistler Film Festival Wraps 7th Great Year
The 2007 Whistler Film Festival which wrapped December 2nd was a great success. “Clearly, this was our best festival yet!” said WFF Festival Director Shauna Hardy Mishaw. The total film festival attendance including the Whistler Filmmaker Forum was over 7,000, a 15% increase over last year and feedback from attendees has been extremely positive.
The festival showcased 92 films, including 37 feature and mid-length films, 55 shorts, 4 world premieres, 2 Canadian premieres, 20 British Columbia premieres and $42,000 in prizes. “This year’s festival offered something for everyone, including the best new films from some of Canada’s most promising directors to ground breaking documentaries and the best feature films and shorts from around the world,” says WFF Director of Programming Bill Evans.
”Continental, a Film Without Guns, by Stéphane Lafleur, won the $15,000 Borsos Award for Best New Canadian Feature Film, presented by the Directors Guild of Canada - BC District Council and supported by Telefilm Canada. The MPPIA Short Film Award went to Marshall Axani, director/writer of The Light of the Family Burnham.
Newly established this year, the MPPIA Short Film Award is an annual industry endowment that supports the career development of emerging BC filmmakers. Founded by MPPIA in partnership with BC Film and the Whistler Film Festival, the award is comprised of $15,000 in cash plus in-kind service contributions of up to $100,000 for the production of a short film.
Mark your calendars - the Eighth Annual Whistler Film Festival will take place December 4-7, 2008.