Whistler Film Festival 2013

26th November, 2013

The Whistler Film Festival returns to Whistler December 4-8, featuring 84 films including 19 World and Canadian Premiers with an expected 10,000 attendees.

This year's line up includes films from 14 different countries with film premiers, special events, tributes and in conversation sessions.

Whistler Film Festival

"This year’s programming mix has identified a number of emerging trends. Theirs is a focus on Canadian directors who have graduated to large budgets and international casts (Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners, Jean-Marc Vallee’s Dallas Buyers Club and Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot); an edgy collection of original indie productions; a strong contingent of First Nations themed movies; and a significant number of British Columbia-based premieres,” said Paul Gratton, WFF's director of programming . “Overall, our 2013 movie mix is the most exciting collection of films to date and I can’t wait to see how audiences respond to them.”

Here is just a sample of some of the fantastic film lineup:

Cas & Dylan: Jason Priestley directs this breezy and entertaining road movie. CAS & DYLAN may remind you of ONE WEEK, which previously opened the Whistler Film Festival in 2008, but here the character dynamics are very different. As much of the compassion, humour, and tears come out of the two-person interplay between a terminally ill doctor and a rambunctious 22-year-old hitchhiker who kind of imposes herself on him.

The Crash Reel: A documentary look at the exhilarating world of competitive snowboarding, THE CRASH REEL focuses on the famed rivalry between two American half-pipe legends: Shaun White and Kevin Pearce. Preparing for a run at the Olympics following an astounding victory over archrival Shaun White at the Open half-pipe finals in Switzerland in 2008, Pearce suffers a debilitating head injury while training. Thanks to rich archival material and access to family home movies, the road to recovery is painstakingly chronicled, as Pearce remains determined to rehabilitate and resume his career as a snowboarder.

Dark Blood: Here's a film that was thought to be lost forever: the final movie that River Phoenix was working on when he tragically died at the age of 23 in 1993. Although 80% of the footage had been shot with only a few interior scenes left to film, an insurance company took over and the footage languished in storage for close to 20 years. Upon learning that the footage was about to be destroyed to save on storage space, the aging director George Sluizer somehow arranged to 'abduct' the footage (in his own words) and has reconstructed the film in a very close approximation of his original intent.

The Ridge: A gripping documentary about the largest rescue attempt mounted in the Himalayas, one that involved twelve men from ten countries (including Canada) over four days on the 8,000 metre-high Mount Annapurna. A fellow mountain climber falls ill and is slowly dying on the mountain, as friends and colleagues desperately attempt to mount an impossible rescue mission in harsh, blizzard-like conditions at altitudes where mere breathing becomes difficult. The film subtly transforms into a broader meditation on the meaning of life, professional camaraderie, and man’s relationship to nature.

For more information on the films on show and full event line up please visit Whistler Film Festival. The Crystal Lodge & Suites is situated in the centre of Whistler Village with all of the film venues just steps away. Book your Whistler Film Festival escape today online or contact our reservations team at 1-800-667-3363.

Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane