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Whistler Festival Announces 2011 Film Lineup


The Whistler Film Festival is proud to announce its 2011 film schedule showcasing a stellar lineup of over 70 films from around the world and an unprecedented number of intimate tributes and awards honoring some of the film industry’s hottest talent. Selected from over 1,000 submissions the 11th annual Festival will present 77 films consisting of 31 features and 46 shorts on four screens in three theatres over five amazing days.  WFF is proud to present 9 World Premieres, 2 North American Premieres, 7 Canadian Premieres, 3 English Canadian Premieres, 24 Western Canadian Premieres, 11 British Columbian Premieres, and 4 Whistler Premieres.

 “The 2011 film lineup has been meticulously chosen to reflect both the artistry and enchantment of leading filmmakers from Canada and around the world,” says Stacey Donen, WFF Artistic Director. “Every single film at this year’s festival will make you think, laugh, cry or remember why you loved film in the first place.”

The WFF Programming Team under the direction of Artistic Director Stacey Donen has put together a program to delight fans and critics alike across a broad spectrum of genres. World Premieres at this year’s festival include three Canadian films: Kivalina vs Exxon (directed by Ben Addleman), Foreverland (directed by Maxwell McGuire), and Marilyn (directed by Christopher Petry). Fellow Canadian Rob Leickner’s Lost Lagoon will be screened as part of WFF’s new Work-in-Progress program. As well, there will be a special advanced screening of Young Adult, by Academy Award nominated director Jason Reitman, and starring Academy Award Winner Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, and Patton Oswalt, who will be receiving an award for Best Supporting Performance of the Year at the Festival. Whistler Film Festival screenings are organized in seven categories: Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature; New Voices International Feature Competition; Documentary; World Now; Late Night; Mountain Culture; and Shortwork. In addition, there are four Special Presentation films including two featured in a Spotlight on China program.

The Festival continues to support cinematic excellence and will award up to $50,000 in cash prizes and commissions including: the $15,000 Borsos Award for Best New Canadian Feature presented by the Directors Guild of Canada, BC; the $10,000 New Voices International Feature Award; the $2,500 Best Documentary Award presented by the NFB; the $1,000 Best Short Film Award presented by Whistler Beer; the $500 Best Student Short Film Award presented by Capilano University Film Centre; the $1,000 Best Mountain Culture Film Award presented by Whistler Blackcomb; and the MPPIA Short Film Award presented by MPPIA and BC Film ($15,000 cash prize plus up to $100,000 in services).

From November 30 to December 4, 2011, the Whistler Film Festival will celebrate its 11th edition as one of Canada’s leading festivals, attracting up to 10,000+ attendees and 500+ industry insiders. Featuring innovative and original films from around the world to discover and opportunities to connect with the people who made them, this year’s Festival will be filled with more premieres than ever before, star studded guests and lively celebrations. Individual film and special event tickets are now on sale (until December 4th). The Festival Box Office is open for phone sales and on November 25th for walk-in sales.

The Whistler Film Festival is supported by Telefilm Canada, Service Canada, BC Film and the Resort Municipality of Whistler, and is sponsored by American Airlines, DARE, the Directors Guild of Canada – British Columbia, Tourism Whistler, Whistler Blackcomb, Variety and Zoom Audio Visual Networks and Christie Digital.

World Premieres: FOREVERLAND (CANADA) dir: Maxwell McGuire KIVALINA VS EXXON (CANADA) dir: Ben Addelman MARILYN (CANADA) dir: Christopher Petry North American Premieres: HAIL (AUSTRALIA) dir:Amiel Courtin-Wilson Canadian Premieres: IN THE FAMILY (USA) dir: Patrick Wang MACHETE LANGUAGE (MEXICO) dir: Kyzza Terrazas THE SORCERER AND THE WHITE SNAKE (CHINA) dir: Tony Siu-tung Ching English Canadian Premieres: LAURENTIE (CANADA) dir: Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie RASTA A SOUL’S JOURNEY (CANADA) dir: Stuart Samuels THE VANISHING SPRING LIGHT (CANADA) dir: Xun Yu Western Canadian Premieres: 388 ARLETTA AVENUE (CANADA) dir: Randall Cole A LONELY PLACE TO DIE (UK) dir: Julian Gilbey A DANGEROUS METHOD (FRANCE/IRELAND/UK/GERMANY/CANADA) dir: David Cronenberg CAFÉ DE FLORE (CANADA) dir: Jean Marc Vallee DAMSELS IN DISTRESS (USA) dir: Whit Stillman DOPPELGANGER PAUL (CANADA)dir: Dylan Akio Smith, Kris Elgstrand EDWIN BOYD (CANADA) dir: Nathan Morlando THE INVADER (BELGIUM) dir: Nicolas Provost KEYHOLE (CANADA) dir: Guy Maddin THE LADY (FRANCE/UK) dir: Luc Besson THE ODDS (CANADA) dir: Simon Davidson TAHRIR 2011: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE POLITICIAN (EGYPT) dir: Tamer Ezzat, Ayten Amin, Amr Salama BC Premieres: BEING ELMO: A PUPPETEER’S JOURNEY (USA) dir: Constance Marks, Philip Shane MONSIEUR LAZHAR (CANADA) dir: Philippe Falardeau MANBORG (CANADA) dir: Steven Kostanski Whistler Premiere: LIKE THERE’S NO TOMORROW (USA) dir: Max Bervy RAINFOREST: THE LIMIT OF SPLENDOUR (CANADA) dir: Richard Boyce SPOIL (USA/CANADA) dir: Trip Jennings TAKE THIS WALTZ (CANADA) dir: Sarah Polley Special Advance Screening: YOUNG ADULT (USA) dir: Jason Reitman Work In Progress Screening: LOST LAGOON (CANADA) dir: Rob Leickner Shortwork A MORNING STROLL (UK) dir: Grant Orchard AT LUNCHTIME: A STORY OF LOVE (CANADA) dir: Brad Dryborough AFTERNOON TEA (CANADA) dir: DJ Parmar AIR MATER (Canada) dir: Rob Gibbs ANIMAL NATION’S SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW (CANADA) dir: Garnet Clare BLUE (NEW ZEALAND) dir: Stephan Kang BOUNDIN (USA) dir: Bud Luckey CAT AND MICE (KATTENKWAAD) (NETHERLANDS) dir: Nova Van Dijk CLEAR BLUE (CANADA/USA) dir: Lindsay MacKay DAY & NIGHT (USA) dir: Teddy Newton DOUBLES WITH SLIGHT PEPPER (CANADA/TRINIDAD&TOBAGO) dir: Ian Harnarine FOR THE BIRDS (USA) dir: Ralph Eggleston GERI’S GAME (USA) dir: Jan Pinkava GUN HAPPY (CANADA) dir: J. Andrew Molloy HAWAIIAN VACATION (USA) dir: Gary Rydstrom HEART OF KARL (CANADA) dir: Steven Kostanski HOPE (CANADA) dir: Pedro Pires JOANNA MAKES A FRIEND (CANADA) dir: Jeremy Lutter JUNIOR (FRANCE) dir: Julia Docournau KNICK KNACK (USA) dir: John Lasseter LA RONDE (CANADA) dir: Sophie Goyette LAZER GHOSTS 2: RETURN TO LASER COVE (CANADA) dir: Steven Kostanski LIFTED (USA) dir: Gary Rydstrom LUMINARIS (ARGENTINA) dir: Juan Pablo Zaramella LUXO JR (USA) dir: XXX ONE MAN BAND (USA) dir: Andrew Jiminez and Mark Andrews PARTLY CLOUDY (USA) dir: Peter Sohn PATHWAYS (CANADA) dir: Dusty Mancinelli THE PLANTING (CANADA) dir: Jason Goode PLEASED TO MEET YOU (CANADA) dir: Michael MacLennan PRESTO (USA) dir: Doug Sweetland RED’S DREAM (USA) – dir: John Lasseter TABULA RASA (CANADA) dir: Matthew Rankin THE FATHER (AUSTRALIA) dir: David Easteal THE LOST TOWN OF SWITEZ (CANADA/DENMARK/FRANCE/POLAND/SWITZERLAND) dir: Kamil Polak THE PARIS QUINTET IN PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT (CANADA) dir: Benjamin Schuetze THE PEDESTRIAN JAR (CANADA) dir: Evan Morgan THE PILL (LA PILULE) (CANADA) dir: Géraldine Charbonneau THE ROCK SHIRT (CANADA) dir: Jason James TIN TOY (USA) dir: John Lasseter UP IN COTTAGE COUNTRY (CANADA) dir: Simon Ennis YURI LENNON’S LANDING ON ALPHA 46 (GERMANY/SWITZERLAND) dir: Anthony Vouardoux Student Shortwork: BREAKING GROUND (CANADA) dir: Olesia Shewchuk FTW (CANADA) dir: Tyler Funk KABOOMTOWN (CANADA) dir: Jakqui Schuler MODEST LUXURY (CANADA) dir: Gokce Erdem NO WORDS CAME DOWN (CANADA) dir: Ryan Flowers, Lisa Pham PAS DE DEUX (CANADA) dir: Daniel Aaron O’Shea SHUFFLEBOARD KINGS (CANADA) dir: Chris Aitken