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The Ultimate Guide To The Whistler Film Festival

The Ultimate Guide To The Whistler Film Festival

Photo: Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

Lights, camera, action- It’s time for the Whistler Film Festival. From November 29th until December 3rd, Whistler Village becomes the destination for cinematic art. Over the course of the 5 days, a selection of up to 90 films from Canada and around the world will be shown throughout the village. Many of these films are new and innovative, making them a must see. The Whistler Film Festival isn’t confined to just films, events also take place, joining the industry, talent, patrons and festival participants together in celebration. Want to be part of the red carpet excitement and not sure how? Here is your ultimate guide to the Whistler Film Festival. 


The fun doesn’t stop at the credits. During the festival, there are a number of events ranging from interviews to galas.

Signature Series

The signature series consists of an intimate on-stage interview with a distinguished director, actor or actress.


Signature Series: Artists Spotlight- Kyra Sedgwick

Date: Dec 1 1:30pm – 2:30pm (Doors 1:15pm)

Place: Maury Young Arts Centre


The Whistler Film Festival doesn’t just open and close the festival. It has a party that includes a screening and reception. Dress to the nines and experience the red carpet for yourself.


Opening Night Gala

Date: Nov 29  6:30pm screening

Place: Rainbow Theatre


Many of the entries into the festival aren’t just for show, they are competing for huge prizes. The Whistler Film Festival is actually an international competition and the award ceremony honors the talent behind the creative pieces.


Awards Celebration

Date: Dec 3 10:00am – 12:00pm (Doors 9:30am)

Place: Maury Young Arts Centre


The films are selected from all over the world but at least 50% are Canadian. Viewers will get to enjoy world premieres, features, documentaries and shorts.


2.5 Million Directed by Tyler Wilkinson-Ray

“Every ski bum dreams of clocking 100 days in on the mountain. How about skiing 332 days of the year? Follow 26-year-old skier Aaron Rice as he sets out to ski 2.5 million human powered, vertical feet in one calendar year.”


A to B Rollerski Directed by Arnis Aspers

“A to B Rollerski is a feature documentary film that tells the story of Raimonds Dombrovskis’ epic roller-ski journey from Arctic to Baja back in 1988, covering 4200 miles in 90 days.

Buying Tickets

Come for one viewing or come for ten. Regardless, tickets are required to attend. There are ticket packages, VIP Patron Passes and Industry Passes as well as individual film or event tickets. These are available through the Whistler Film Festival online box office or the Whistler Box office, which opens November 24, 2017 for in-person sales. 


The Listel Hotel Whistler is proud to be partnering with the Whistler Film Festival and to offer affordable rates to all attendees.