Whistler Film Festival announces its 2017 line up including WE FORGOT TO BREAK UP

Award season frontrunner DARKEST HOUR and THE MOMENT bookend festival Western Canadian Premieres include DISASTER ARTIST and I, TONYA. 18 World Premieres plus $146,500 in cash and prizes.

WireService.ca Media Release (11/01/2017) Whistler, BC: The 17th annual Whistler Film Festival (WFF), taking place from November 29 to December 3, announced today its opening and closing night films and full program lineup. With more than 1,000 submissions, festival goers can look forward to 87 fresh films (46 features and 41 shorts) from over 15 countries, including leading award season fare, meritable Canadian content and more female directed films than ever before. 'Canada's Coolest Film Fest' remains true to its mandate of discovering new talent, with the inclusion of 16 first time feature films, 14 feature films directed by women (representing 30% of this year's feature film programming), and with 67% of its program premiering Canadian features - which is more than any other international Canadian film festival. Plus, WFF's juries feature some of the industry's top talent, who will award $146,500 in cash prizes and commissions.

Touted as one of this year's Best Actor and Picture Oscar front-runners, WFF is set to open with Joe Wright's DARKEST HOUR, starring Gary Oldman and Lily James, sponsored by Jackson Triggs. Endorsed by Winston Churchill's estate, the film tells the story of Churchill's refusal to engage in peace treaty negotiations with Nazi Germany during WWII, and his determination to fight on against incredible odds. Closing the festival is the World Premiere of THE MOMENT. Darcy Hennessey Turenne's latest documentary feature uncovers the origin of Freeride Mountain Biking and its provenance in British Columbia by following a dedicated group of adventure seekers who changed the course of the sport forever.

Oscar-contending films screening at WFF include the Western Canadian premieres of I, TONYA, one of the most pleasant surprises of this year's festival season about disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding, directed by Craig Gillespie and starring Margot Robbie; THE DISASTER ARTIST, directed and starring James Franco along with Dave Franco, tells the true-life story of Tommy Wiseau, Hollywood outsider and director of the cult-hit THE ROOM, which will also debut as the "From the Vault" selection; and Canada's entry in this year's Best Foreign-Language film Oscar competition HOCHELAGALAND OF SOULS directed by François Girard.

Additional critically acclaimed directors with works premiering in the festival include Richard Linklater, with LAST FLAG FLYING starring Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne, about three ex-marines who reunite thirty years after the Vietnam War; Émile Gaudreault with FATHER AND GUNS 2 (DE PÉRE EN FLIC 2), Canada's highest grossing film of the year; Oscar Winner Mike Van Diem with the Netherlands, Italy, Canada co-production TULIPANI: LOVE, HONOUR, AND A BICYCLE; and acclaimed Canadian documentarian Alan Zweig with his latest film THERE IS A HOUSE HERE, about an Inuk rock singer Lucie Idlout.

Director of Programming Paul Gratton stated: "It is gratifying to see that the Whistler Film Festival's ever growing reputation as a cool film festival in which to showcase original work is growing well beyond our borders. The quality of our American Indie submissions was way up this year, as was the quality of our hundreds of Canadian entries. The Borsos jury will have a particularly challenging time picking the winners this year."

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.

This year WFF is proud to boast that all five films in its "American Indies" strand will grace Canadian screens for the first time in Whistler. American Indies include STORY OF A GIRL, the directorial debut from Kyra Sedgwick starring Kevin and Sosie Bacon; THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN starring Bill Pullman directed by Jared Moshe; THE LEARS directed by longtime Whistler Alumnus and Canadian filmmaker Carl Bessai starring Bruce Dern, Sean Astin and Anthony Michael Hall; NEVER HERE directed by Camille Thoman starring the late Sam Shepard in his last performance on screen; and PAINLESS directed by Jordan Horowitz starring Canadian actor Joey Klein. Other American films include PERMISSION directed by Brian Crano starring Rebecca Hall, Dan Stevens and Jason Sudeikis; BERNARD AND HUEYdirected by Slamdance Founder Dan Mirvish with the original script written by the legendary Jules Feiffer; and HEAVEN'S FLOOR directed by Lori Stoll based on the true story of a LA photographer who heads to Iqualuit for a shoot. And it's not just Americans are entrusting WFF with their Canadian premieres. From Hungary, WFF is proud to present Eva Gardos' Chinatown style film noir set in Budapest during the early years of World War II. BUDAPEST NOIR is the story of an investigator trying to uncover the truth about a prostitute's murder, though no one around him seems to care.

Cinematic excellence remains at the heart of the Whistler Film Festival. To recognize the vitality of this art form, films are carefully programmed and slotted into seven juried sections. This year, WFF will present 14 film awards, with over $146,500 in cash and prizing ($31,500 cash and $115,000 in prizes) that include:

  • The Borsos Award for Best Canadian Feature ($15,000) - Presented in association with Telefilm Canada and sponsored by the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia and $15,000 Post Production Prize sponsored by Encore, along with awards for Best Director also sponsored by the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia, Best Performance, Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematography sponsored by the International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 669
  • World Documentary Award
  • Mountain Culture Award presented by Whistler Blackcomb
  • International ShortWork Award
  • Canadian ShortWork Award ($1,000 cash award)
  • BC Student ShortWork Award ($500 cash award)
  • MPPIA Short Film Award ($15,000 cash award plus up to $100,000 in production services) presented by MPPIA and Creative BC
  • The Alliance of Women Female Journalists (AWFJ) EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature and Best Female-Directed Short Film
  • Audience Award (to be announced on December 4)

To best honour the wealth of Canadian filmmaking talent, WFF opened up the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature two years ago to all Canadian dramatic features making their Western Canadian Premiere at the festival. This year, 20 Canadian films will compete for Canada's second largest festival prize. Borsos titles include eight World Premieres featuring work from WFF Alumni including Pat Kiely with SOMEONE ELSE'S WEDDING starring Jacob Tierney, Jessica Paré, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Kevin Zegers, Kathleen Turner and Wallace Shawn; PRODIGALS directed by Michelle Ouellet starring Sara Canning and David Alpay; Jackie English's first feature BECOMING BURLESQUE about a Muslim woman who turns to burlesque dancing starring Shiva Negar; Gail Harvey's crime thriller NEVER SAW IT COMING based on the novel by Linwood Barclay; NOBODY FAMOUSdirected by Sarah Rotella; plus three features from Vancouver based directors including 8 MINUTES AHEAD by Ben Hoskyn shot over the course of four years in Vancouver and China; THE PRODIGAL DAD, a home-grown sort of Toni Erdmann directed by Robert Wenzek; and THE CANNON directed by WFF Alumni Marshall Axani, who won the inaugural MPPIA Short Film Award.

Canadian premieres in the Borsos competition include Hannah Cheesman and Mackenzie Donaldson's coming of age story, THE DEFINITES, Daniel DiMarco's atmospheric character study JUGGERNAUT starring Jack Kesy and Amanda Crew, and the family friendly Christmas story SANTA STOLE OUR DOG: A MERRY DOGGONE CHRISTMAS starring Ed Asner from DIY master Bryan Michael Stoller.

Western Canadian premieres in the Borsos Competition include Carlos and Jason Sanchez's first time feature A WORTHY COMPANION starring Evan Rachel Wood and Vancouver's Julia Sarah Stone produced by the TIFF Canadian producers of the year, Luc Déry and Kim McCraw, ALL YOU CAN EAT BUDDHA the original and rhythmic visual buffet from first time director Ian Lagarde, Grayson Moore and Aidan Shipley's drama CARDINALS featuring an unforgettable performance from Sheila McCarthy, Vladimir de Fontenay's Canada/France co-production MOBILE HOMES starring Imogen Poots, Callum Keith Rennie and Callum Turner, TRENCH 11 an unusual WWI dark thriller starring Rossif Sutherland, the comedic drama VENUS about a man transitioning to a woman, and PORCUPINE LAKE, a beloved coming of age story about two best friends directed by DIY queen Ingrid Veninger. Also screening alongside PORCUPINE LAKE is the making of documentary feature THE OTHER SIDE OF PORCUPINE LAKE directed by Julian Papas.

Other Canadian films screening at the festival out of competition include ANOTHER WOLFCOP directed by Lowell Dean, the hilarious sex comedy A SWINGERS WEEKENDdirected by Jonathan Cohen, and the original crime drama ORDINARY DAYS shot in three segments by three directors Jordan Canning, Kris Booth and Renuka Jeyapalan.

In addition to the World Premiere of THE MOMENT which closes the fest, Mountain Culture films include A TO B ROLLERSKI directed by Arnis Aspers about an athlete who "rollerskis" from the Arctic to Baja, DEPTH PERCEPTION the latest brainchild of Travis Rice directed by Chip Taylor and Chris Murphy accompanied by the short series SOMETHING from The Manboys as well as compilation of short mountain based films from some of the industry's finest athletes and storytellers.

This year's Doc Bloc competition features a very diverse film line-up. In keeping with the theme of emerging talent, WFF is pleased to present the World Premiere of BECOMING ICONIC, Neal Thibedeau's incisive look at aspiring New York based director Jonathan Barker's first feature with Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon and Faye Dunaway, and interviews with such directing legends as Adrian Lyne, John Badham, Jodie Foster and Taylor Hackford about their first time on set as directors. Additional films in this section include WORLD OF DARKNESS, a detailed look at the history and evolution of one the most popular goth lifestyle games of all time, will receive its Canadian Premiere at our fest; and THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ, a probing biodoc of André Leon Talley, former editor of Vogue Magazine, featuring interviews with everyone from Anna Wintour to Tom Ford.

WFF's Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature jury is made up of a diverse group of Canadian storytellers all of who have had films at our festival. This year's jury includes Montreal born producer Sylvain Corbeil whose credits include the award winning films of Denis Côté and Xavier Dolan such as IT'S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD and MOMMY, which both received the 2016 and 2014 Grand Jury Prize at Festival de Cannes, as well as FÉLIX AND MEIRA which dominated the WFF Borsos Competition in 2014; B.C. based actress and WFF Star to Watch Alumni Camille Sullivan who attended Whistler in 2015 as the lead in THE BIRDWATCHER as well as in 2014 with ALLY WAS SCREAMING and won the UBCP/ACTRA award for both performances. She most recently starred alongside Peter Coyote and Aden Young in the hit television show, The Disappearance; and lastly celebrated Canadian director Charles Officer whose early feature NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY premiered at Whistler in 2008 and garnered 10 Genie nominations. His latest documentary UNARMED VERSES premiered to major acclaim at Hot Docs 2017 where it won Best Canadian Feature Documentary award and most recently won the Best Canadian Documentary award at Vancouver International Film Festival.

The World Documentary jury includes Vic Sarin, one of Canada's most celebrated filmmakers, earning recognition as one of Canada's premier cinematographers. As a director, Sarin has won recognition for feature films such as PARTITION, A SHINE OF RAINBOWS and COLD COMFORT and documentaries SUCH AS; BOY FROM GEITA, HUE: A MATTER OF COLOUR, DESERT RIDERS and most recently KEEPERS OF THE MAGIC. Also on this year's jury are two Americans Jill Friedberg a Seattle-based documentary filmmaker who has produced and edited the award-winning documentaries, THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE, SWEET CRUDE and UN POQUITO DE TANTA VERDAD; and Michael Dougherty, Head of Acquisitions at Radiant Films International in Los Angeles, who is also an associate programmer at AFI Fest and Head Programmer for the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.

The Mountain Culture jury includes BC-based filmmakers and athletes, Jeff Thomas, Director of Video Production at Origin Design & Communications and a producer of multiple award winning outdoor and adventure films, beloved Whistler local, comedy, writer, director, editor and actor Kyle Killeen who is a three time finalist for the 72 hour Filmmaker Showdown, and Katie Burrell, a stand-up comedian and filmmaker with one filter - satire.

The ShortWork Jury includes director and WFF Alumni Grayson Moore (winner of WFF's 2014 Best Canadian ShortWork Award for RUNNING SEASON and co-director of CARDINALS, receiving its Western Canadian Premiere at WFF 2017), Founder and Executive Director of First Weekend Club Anita Adams, and Jeremy Torrie, Director/Writer/Producer and President of High Definition Pictures Inc.

EDA Awards will be presented for Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature and for Best Female-Directed Short Film. Eligible female-directed films are being screened as part of the festival's regular program, and are being nominated for EDA Awards consideration by Whistler Film Festival's administration and programmers. The Narrative feature jury includes: Marina Antunes - Row Three, Vancouver; Nikki Baughan - Screen International, London; Betsy Boszdech - Commonsense Media, San Francisco; Jennifer Merin (Chair) - Cinema Citizen; New York, Gill Pringle - The Independent, Los Angeles; Short Film Jury includes: Katherine Brodsky (Chair) - Variety, Vancouver; Lexi Feinberg - Big Picture, Big Sound, Berkeley; Karen Martin - Arkansas Online, Little Rock; Diana Saenger - East County Gazette, San Diego; and Susan Wloszczyna - RogerEbert.com, Washington, DC.

The 11th annual MPPIA Short Film Award will take place on December 2, presented by MPPIA, Creative BC, and sponsored by Bridge Studios. Five shortlisted candidates will pitch their projects before a jury of three industry professionals and an audience. The winner will be awarded with $15,000 cash plus $100,000 worth of services in kind from across the industry including mentorship, production services and equipment supplies enabling them to complete their project. The completed screen will have its world premiere at the 2018 Whistler Film Festival. The 2017 MPPIA jury include Writer and Director Eisha Marjara(attending with VENUS, WFF's 2015 Power Pitch winning project which is receiving it's Western Canadian Premiere at WFF 2017); Jameson Parker, Director of Development at Brightlight Pictures (Producer, Actor in PRODIGALS, receiving its World Premiere at WFF 2017); and Producer, Peter Harvey (attending with THE CANNON which is receiving its World Premiere and MOBILE HOMES, receiving its Western Canadian Premiere at WFF 2017. The moderator for the pitch session will be Kendrie Upton, Executive Director, Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia.

From November 29 to December 3, the Whistler Film Festival will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 17th edition featuring innovative and inspiring films, special guests, epic events, unique industry and talent programs, and time to play in North America's premier mountain resort. The Whistler Film Festival combines an international film competition with a focused Industry Summit dedicated to the art and business of filmmaking in the digital age. Featuring innovative and thought provoking films from around the world and opportunities to connect with the people who made them, this year's fest will be filled with a solid lineup of premieres, honoured guests, lively celebrations, and unique industry initiatives.

WFF's Industry Summit schedule and guest lineup are now available at whistlerfilmfestival.com, and will be updated regularly. WFF's full film lineup and schedule is now available online on November 1, and Signature Series honourees will be announced in November.

The Festival's online box office at whistlerfilmfestival.com/attend/ is now open for VIP Patron Passes, Industry Passes and Ticket Packages. Single film and event tickets go on sale on November 15 (until December 3). The Festival Box Office is open for phone sales (1-877-838-FILM) and on November 24 for walk-up sales.

Air travel and ground transportation deals as well as best accommodation rates are now available on whistlerfilmfestival.com/attend/. WFF has 20 accommodation partners to choose from including host hotel, the Westin Whistler Resort and Spa and VIP hotel the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort.

The Whistler Film Festival is funded by the Government of Canada through Telefilm Canada and Western Economic Diversification, and by the Province of British Columbia, Creative BC and the Resort Municipality of Whistler, is supported by the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the American Friends of Whistler, and is sponsored by The Harold Greenberg Fund, the Canadian Media Producers Association, Cineplex, Whistler Blackcomb, Gibbons Whistler, Tourism Whistler and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler.

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WFF 2017 COMPLETE FEATURE FILM LISTING BY PREMIERE STATUS: 

World Premieres (11): 

8 MINUTES AHEAD (Canada, China) Dir. Ben Hoskyn
BECOMING BURLESQUE (Canada) Dir. Jackie English
BECOMING ICONIC (United States) Dir. Neal Thibedeau
THE MOMENT (Canada) Dir. Darcy Hennessey Turenne
NEVER SAW IT COMING (Canada) Dir. Gail Harvey
NOBODY FAMOUS (Canada) Dir. Sarah Rotella
THE OTHER SIDE OF PORCUPINE LAKE (Canada) Dir. Julian Papas
THE PRODIGAL DAD (Canada) Dir. Robert Wenzek
PRODIGALS (Canada) Dir. Michelle Ouellet
SOMEONE ELSE'S WEDDING (Canada) Pat Kiely
THE CANNON (Canada) Dir. Marshall Axani

Canadian Premieres (12): 

A TO B ROLLERSKI (Latvia, United States, Canada, Mexico) Dir. Arnis Aspers
THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN (United States) Dir. Jared Moshe
BUDAPEST NOIR (Hungary) Dir Éva Gárdos
THE DEFINITES (Canada) Dir. Hannah Cheesman & Mackenzie Donaldson
JUGGERNAUT (Canada) Dir. Daniel DiMarco
THE LEARS (United States, Canada) Dir. Carl Bessai
NEVER HERE (United States) Dir. Camille Thoman
PAINLESS (United States) Dir. Jordan Horowitz
PERMISSION (United States) Dir. Brian Crano
SANTA STOLE OUR DOG: A MERRY DOGGONE CHRISTMAS! (Canada) Dir. Bryan Michael Stoller
STORY OF A GIRL (United States) Dir. Kyra Sedgwick
WORLD OF DARKNESS (Sweden) Dir. Giles Alderson

English Canadian Premieres (2): 

FATHER AND GUNS 2 (DE PÉRE EN FLIC 2) (Canada) Dir. Émile Gaudreault
VENUS (Canada) Dir. Eisha Marjara

Western Canadian Premieres (15): 

A WORTHY COMPANION (Canada) Dir. Carlos Sanchez & Jason Sanchez
ALL YOU CAN EAT BUDDHA (Canada) Dir. Ian Legarde
ANOTHER WOLFCOP (Canada) Dir. Lowell Dean
BERNARD AND HUEY (United States) Dir. Dan Mirvish
CARDINALS (Canada) Dir. Aidan Shipley & Grayson Moore
DARKEST HOUR (United Kingdom) Dir Joe Wright
THE DISASTER ARTIST (United States) Dir. James Franco
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ (United States) Dir. Kate Novack
HOCHELAGA, LAND OF SOULS (HOCHELAGA, TERRE DES ÂMES) (Canada) Dir. François Girard
I, TONYA (United States) Dir. Craig Gillespie
MOBILE HOMES (Canada, France) Dir. Vladimir de Fontenay
PORCUPINE LAKE (Canada) Dir. Ingrid Veninger
THERE IS A HOUSE HERE (Canada) Dir. Alan Zweig
TRENCH 11 (Canada) Dir. Leo Scherman
TULIPANI: LOVE, HONOUR, AND A BICYCLE (TULIPANI: LIEFDE EER EN EEN FIETS)(Canada, Netherlands, Italy) Dir. Mike Van Diem

British Columbia Premieres (3): 

A SWINGERS WEEKEND (Canada) Dir. Jonathan Cohen
HEAVEN'S FLOOR (Canada, United States) Dir. Lori Stoll
ORDINARY DAYS (Canada) Dir. Jordan Canning, Kris Booth, Renuka Jeyapalan

Whistler Premieres (3): 

DEPTH PERCEPTION (Canada) Dir. Chip Taylor & Chris Murphy
LAST FLAG FLYING (United States) Dir. Richard Linklater
THE ROOM (United States) Dir. Tommy Wiseau

WFF 2017 COMPLETE FEATURE FILM LISTING BY STRAND: 

American Indies: 

THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN (United States) Dir. Jared Moshe
THE LEARS (Canada, United States) Dir. Carl Bessai
NEVER HERE (United States) Dir. Camille Thoman
PAINLESS (United States) Dir. Jordan Horowitz
STORY OF A GIRL (United States) Dir. Kyra Sedgwick

Canada 150: 

ANOTHER WOLFCOP (Canada) Dir. Lowell Dean
FATHER AND GUNS 2 (DE PÉRE EN FLIC 2) (Canada) Dir. Émile Gaudreault
HEAVEN'S FLOOR (Canada, United States) Dir. Lori Stoll
JUGGERNAUT (Canada) Dir. Daniel DiMarco
MOBILE HOMES (Canada, France) Dir. Vladimir de Fontenay
ORDINARY DAYS (Canada) Dir. Jordan Canning, Kris Booth, Renuka Jeyapalan
PORCUPINE LAKE (Canada) Dir. Ingrid Veninger
TRENCH 11 (Canada) Dir. Leo Scherman

Contenders

THE DARKEST HOUR (United Kingdom) Dir. Joe Wright
THE DISASTER ARTIST (United States) Dir. James Franco
HOCHELAGA, LAND OF SOULS (HOCHELAGA, TERRE DES ÂMES) (Canada) Dir. François Girard
I, TONYA (United States) Dir. Craig Gillespie

The Doc Bloc: 

BECOMING ICONIC (United States) Dir. Neal Thibedeau
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRE (United States) Dir. Kate Novack
THE OTHER SIDE OF PORCUPINE LAKE (Canada) Dir. Julian Papas
THERE IS A HOUSE HERE (Canada) Dir. Alan Zweig
WORLD OF DARKNESS (Sweden) Dir. Giles Alderson

Family Feature: 

SANTA STOLE OUR DOG: A MERRY DOGGONE CHRISTMAS! (Canada) Dir. Bryan Michael Stoller

First Features: 

ALL YOU CAN EAT BUDDHA (Canada) Dir. Ian Lagarde
BECOMING BURLESQUE (Canada) Dir. Jackie English
CARDINALS (Canada) Dir. Aidan Shipley & Grayson Moore
THE DEFINITES (Canada) Dir. Hannah Cheesman & Mackenzie Donaldson

From Overseas: 

BUDAPEST NOIR (Hungary) Dir Éva Gárdos
TULIPANI: LOVE, HONOUR, AND A BICYCLE (Canada, Netherlands, Italy) Dir. Mike Van Diem

From The Vault: 

THE ROOM (United States) Dir. Tommy Wiseau

Mountain Culture: 

A TO B ROLLERSKI (Latvia, United States, Canada, Mexico) Dir. Arnis Aspers
DEPTH PERCEPTION Dir. Chip Taylor & Chris Murphy

Transgressive Tales: 

A SWINGER'S WEEKEND (Canada) Dir. Jonathan Cohen
A WORTHY COMPANION (Canada) Dir. Carlos Sanchez & Jason Sanchez
BERNARD AND HUEY (United States) Dir. Dan Mirvish
THE CANNON (Canada) Dir. Marshall Axani
PERMISSION (United States) Dir. Brian Crano
VENUS (Canada) Dir. Eisha Marjara

World Premieres: 

8 MINUTES AHEAD (Canada, China) Dir. Ben Hoskyn
NEVER SAW IT COMING (Canada) Dir. Gail Harvey
NOBODY FAMOUS (Canada) Dir. Sarah Rotella
PRODIGALS (Canada) Dir. Michelle Ouellet
THE PRODIGAL DAD (Canada) Dir. Robert Wenzek
SOMEONE ELSE'S WEDDING (Canada) Dir. Pat Kiely

WFF 2017 Feature Films Eligible for the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature: 

A WORTHY COMPANION
ALL YOU CAN EAT BUDDHA
BECOMING BURLESQUE
THE CANNON
CARDINALS
THE DEFINITES
HOCHELAGA, LAND OF SOULS
JUGGERNAUT
MOBILE HOMES
NEVER SAW IT COMING
NOBODY FAMOUS
PORCUPINE LAKE
PRODIGALS
THE PRODIGAL DAD
SANTA STOLE OUR DOG: A MERRY DOGGONE CHRISTMAS
SOMEONE ELSE'S WEDDING
TRENCH 11
TULIPANI: LOVE, HONOUR AND A BICYCLE
VENUS
8 MINUTES AHEAD
 

WFF 2017 COMPLETE SHORTWORK FILMS LISTING BY PREMIERE STATUS: 

World Premiere: 

BFF (Canada) Dir. Sofia Auza
GOOD GIRLS DON'T (Canada) Dir. Ana de Lara
MONDAY (Canada) Dir. Liz Levine
NORTH OF NOWHERE (Canada) DIr. Brady Keeler
SOMETHING BY THE MANBOYS (Canada) Dir. Rusty Ockenden
THE STAKEOUT (Canada) Dir. Jax Smith
UP & AWAY (Canada) Dir. Tito Ferradans

North American Premiere: 

THREE DISTINCT IMPRESSIONS (Canada) Dir. Bijan Karim

Canadian Premiere: 

LOLZITA (Canada) Dir. Katie Boland
THE RESIDUE OF A RELATIONSHIP (Canada) Dir. Brett Chapman

Western Canadian Premiere: 

APART FROM EVERYTHING (Canada) Dir. Ben Lewis
THE BEEP TEST (LA COURSE NAVETTE) (Canada) Dir. Maxime Aubert
THE BURDEN (MIN BÖRDA) (Sweden) Dir. Niki Lindroth von Bahr
THE BUTTERFLY (LA MARIPOSA) (Canada) Dir. Andy Alvarez
COME TO BED (Canada) Dir. Mike Fly
DEAR HATETTS (Canada) Dir. Kerry Barber
DISCO OBU (India) Dir. Anand Kishore
FINDING THE LINE (Australia, Canada) Dir. Bjarne Salén
FLASH FLOOD: A ROTOSCOPED DOCUMENTARY (Canada, United States) Dir. Alli Mackay
FOR NONNA ANNA (Canada) Dir. Luis De Filippis
HOLY ANGELS (Canada) Dir. Jay Cardinal Villeneuve
PRE-DRINK (Canada) Dir. Marc-Antoine Lemire
SHADES OF WINTER: CROSSROADS (Austria) Dir. Sandra Lahnsteiner
THE THINGS YOU THINK I'M THINKING (Canada) Dir. Sherren Lee
UNINTENTIONAL MOTHER (Canada) Dir. Mary Galloway
WAITING FOR LOU (EN ATTENDANT LOU) (Canada) Dir. Katerine Martineau
WE FORGOT TO BREAK UP (Canada) Dir. Chandler Levack

British Columbia Premiere: 

2.5 MILLION (United States) Dir. Tyler-Wilkinson-Ray
A GENTLE NIGHT (XIAO CHENG ER YUE) (China, France) Dir. Qiu Yang
ANIMAL (HEYVAN) (Iran) Dir. Bahram and Bahman Ark
CYPHER (Canada) Dir. Lawrence Le Lam
BECOMING HISTORY - 20 YEARS OF THE NCAF (Canada) Dir. Mike Douglas
THE UNDERTAKER'S SON (Canada) Dir. The Affolter Brothers

Whistler Premiere: 

FEAR US WOMEN (United States) Dir. David Darg
FLOATING LIGHT (Canada) Dir. Natalie Murao
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH (Canada) Dir. Mike Douglas
IRIDESCENCE (Canada) Dir. Max Beauchamp
LIONS IN WAITING (Canada) Dir. Jason Karman
NEGATIVE SPACE (Canada) Dir. Max Porter and Ru Kuwuhata
TSIKRU (Canada) Dir. Eric Crosland and Tim Symes
VIOLET AND JUNE (Canada) Dir. Linnea Ritland