The Whistler Film Festival, which runs this December 4th through 8, 2013) is proud to announce its 2013 film lineup featuring original films from around the world and more feature premieres than ever before. Under WFF’s Director of Programming, Paul Gratton, the festival’s programming team has curated a stimulating lineup that honours established program areas, while revealing emerging trends that broaden the Festival’s reach and appeal to a wide variety of tastes.
This year festival goers can look forward to 84 films from 14 countries, selected from over 700 submissions, including 42 features and 42 shorts, exhibited on five screens in four theatre venues over five days. The feature program includes an unprecedented 19 World Premieres, 19 Canadian Premieres, 1 English Canadian Premiere, 34 Western Canadian Premieres, 3 British Columbia Premieres, and 7 Whistler Premieres. Screenings are organized in 11 categories.
“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 (THE WAIT, CHEAP THRILLS, THE HUSBAND, METH HEAD, PATCH TOWN); a strong contingent of First Nations themed movies (UVANGA, HI-HO MISTAHEY, EMPIRE OF DIRT, JIMMY ‘P’); and, a significant number of British Columbia-based premieres (AFTERPARTY, IF I HAD WINGS, NO CLUE, CITIZEN MARC, DOWN HERE),” says WFF’s Director of Programming, Paul Gratton. “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.”