Whistler Film Festival 2018

Whistler Film Festival Unveils Its 2018 Slate

On Thursday, November 1, the 18th annual Whistler Film Festival (WFF) announced its 2018 film lineup. This year’s festival, which runs from November 28 to December 02 will offer 85 films. This lineup, selected from over 1000 entries, consists of 50 features and 35 shorts selected from 12 countries (with female-directed films accounting for 46% of WFF’s slate). Additionally, WFF is providing a platform to emerging talent and showcasing 16 first-time features. The cherry on top is that nearly two-thirds of the program is premiering Canadian Features.

WFF will open with the highly anticipated title, Mary Queen of Scots. Director Josie Rourke’s biopic features a couple of women who know their way around the festival circuit: Margot Robbie (I, Tonya) and Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird). Here’s IMDb’s official synopsis:

Mary Stuart’s attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

WFF’s huge lineup features big name titles with major award season aspirations (RomaIf Beale Street Could Talk) as well as smaller titles that earned praise from audiences on the festival circuit (Anna and the Apocalypse, Free Solo). Listed below are a couple of festival titles that caught our eye.

 

Hugh Hefner’s After Dark: Speaking Out in America
Hugh Hefner’s After Dark: Speaking Out in America is directed by Academy Award-winner, Brigitte Berman, and was the only Canadian presentation at the 45th Telluride Film Festival. It was written and produced by Victor Solnicki and Brigitte Berman, and features the most cutting-edge personalities, open and frank dialogue about pressing social concerns, and the most captivating performances from Hugh Hefner’s landmark TV series, Playboy’s Penthouse and Playboy After Dark.

 

The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova
The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova, directed by Canadian filmmaker, Zack Bernbaum, follows the story of an estranged sister and brother travel to Poland at the request of their dying grandmother to retrieve an object from her past. As they seek to fulfill their Bubbie’s last wish, they slowly start to realize that they must put their differences aside, forgive one another, and work together in order to find what their grandmother had sent them to Dombrova for.

The 2018 Whistler Film Festival runs from Nov 28 – Dec 02, 2018. Check out the list below for a complete rundown of WFF’s lineup:

 

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (OPENING NIGHT FILM)

Directed By: Josie Rourke

124 | 2018 | English | Opening Gala | Canadian Premiere

GIRLS OF THE SUN

Directed By: Eva Husson

111 mins | 2018 | French, Kurdish, Arabic with English Subtitles | From Overseas | Western Canadian Premiere

THE QUAKE

Directed By: John Andreas Andersen

106 mins | 2018 | Norwegian with English subtitles | From Overseas |

AEROPLANES

Directed By: Paul Shammasian

10 mins | 2018 | English | Shortwork One | Canadian Premiere

MISS WORLD

Directed By: Georgia Fu

20 mins | 2017 |

ALL THESE CREATURES

Directed By: Charles Williams

13 mins | 2018 | English | Shortwork One | BC Premiere

CEDAR TREE OF LIFE

Directed By: Odessa Shuquaya

11 mins | 2018 | English | Shortwork One | BC Premiere

KEEP COMING BACK!

Directed By:

mins N/A | 20XX | LANGUAGE N/A |

LITTLE WAVES

Directed By:

mins N/A | 20XX | LANGUAGE N/A |

THE GARAGE

Directed By:

mins N/A | 20XX | LANGUAGE N/A |

LOVE, SCOTT

Directed By: Laura Marie Wayne

75 mins | 2018 | English | Doc Bloc | BC Premiere

NEVER BE DONE: THE RICHARD GLEN LETT STORY

Directed By: Roy Tighe

80 mins | 2018 | English | Doc Bloc | Canadian Premiere

THE RADICALS

Directed By: Tamo Campos, Brian Hockenstein

56 mins | 2018 | English | Mountain Culture | Whistler Premiere

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

Directed By: Barry Jenkins

135 mins | 2018 | English | Contenders | Western Canadian Premiere

IN GOD I TRUST

Directed By: Maja Zdanowski

98 mins | 2018 | English | World Premieres | World Premiere

CIRCLE OF STEEL

Directed By: Gillian McKercher

85 mins | 2018 | English | First Features | BC Premiere

PSYCHONAUTICS: A COMIC’S EXPLORATION OF PSYCHEDELICS

Directed By: Brian Bellinkoff

81 Mins | 2018 | English | Doc Bloc | Canadian Premiere

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING

Directed By: Tom Donahue

97 mins | 2018 | English | Doc Bloc

TYREL

Directed By: Sebastián Silva

86 mins | 2018 | English | American Indies | Western Canadian Premiere

ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE

Directed By: John McPhail

92 mins | 2018 | English | From Overseas | Western Canadian Premiere

AT ETERNITY’S GATE

Directed By: Julian Schnabel

111 mins | 2018 | English | Contenders | Canadian Premiere

WOODLAND

Directed By: Jon Silverberg

87 mins | 2018 | English | World Premieres

FREE SOLO

Directed By: E. Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin

100 mins | 2018 | English | Mountain Culture | Whistler Premiere

F*** YOU ALL: THE UWE BOLL STORY

Directed By: Sean Patrick Shaul

97 mins | 2018 | English | Doc Bloc | World Premiere

ACCIDENCE

Directed By: Guy Maddin, Galen and Evan Johnson

10 mins | 2018 | English | Shortwork Two | Whistler Premiere

HUNTING SEASON

Directed By: Shannon Kohli

12 Min | 2018 | English | Shortwork Two | Western Canadian Premiere

THREE CENTIMETRES

Directed By:

mins N/A | 20XX | LANGUAGE N/A  |

LUNAR-ORBIT RENDEZVOUS

Directed By:

mins N/A | 20XX | LANGUAGE N/A |

THUNDERBIRD

Directed By:

mins N/A | 20XX | LANGUAGE N/A |

LOOSING SPOONS

Directed By:

mins N/A | 20XX | LANGUAGE N/A |

WAY OF THE HUNTER

Directed By:

mins N/A | 20XX | LANGUAGE N/A |

THE FIELD

Directed By:

mins N/A | 20XX | LANGUAGE N/A |

RED ROVER

Directed By: Shane Belcourt

| 2018 | English | World Premieres | World Premiere

KARMA

Directed By: Lutao Wang

105 | 2018 | Chinese with English Subtitles | From Overseas

FALLS AROUND HER

Directed By: Darlene Naponse

95 mins | 2018 | English | Canadian Vanguard | Western Canadian Premiere

ON THE BASIS OF SEX

Directed By: Mimi Leder

120 mins | 2018 | English | Contenders | Canadian Premiere

SASHINKA

Directed By: Kristina Wagenbauer

95 mins | 2018 | French with English Subtitles | First Features

BELLA CIAO!

Directed By: Carolyn Combs

84 mins | 2018 | English | World Premieres | World Premiere

HUGH HEFNER’S AFTER DARK: SPEAKING OUT IN AMERICA

Directed By: Brigitte Berman

101 mins | 2018 | English | Doc Bloc | Canadian Premiere

THE DANCING DOGS OF DOMBROVA

Directed By: Zack Bernbaum

102 mins | 2018 | Polish and English with English subtitles | Discoveries | Canadian Premiere

TROUBLE IN THE GARDEN

Directed By: Roz Owen

80 mins | 2018 | English | First Features | Western Canadian Premiere

THIS IS NORTH PRESTON

Directed By: Jaren Hayman

75 mins | 2018 | English | Doc Bloc | World Premiere

NOSE TO TAIL

Directed By: Jesse Zigelstein

82 mins | 2018 | English | World Premieres

STOCKHOLM

Directed By: Robert Budreau

92 mins | 2018 | English | Contenders | Canadian Premiere

TREELINE

Directed By: Jordan Manley

40 mins | 2018 | English | Mountain Culture | British Columbia Premiere

MAN RUNNING

Directed By: Gary Burns

91 mins | 2018 | English | Canadian Vanguard, Mountain Culture | BC Premiere

THE FIREFLIES ARE GONE (LA DISPARITION DES LUCIOLES)

Directed By: Sébastien Pilote

96 mins | 2018 | French with English subtitles | Canadian Vanguard | Western Canadian Premiere

AN AUDIENCE OF CHAIRS

Directed By: Deanne Foley

93 mins | 2018 | English | Canadian Vanguard | Western Canadian Premiere

BROTHERHOOD

Directed By: Meryam Joobeur

25 mins | 2018 | Armenian with English subtitles | Shortwork Three | BC Premiere

EGG

Directed By: Martina Scarpelli

12 min | 2018 | English | Shortwork Three | Western Canadian Premiere

EMPTYING THE TANK

Directed By: Caroline Monnet

10 min | 2018 | English | Shortwork Two | BC Premiere

THE FISH & THE SEA

Directed By:

mins N/A | 20XX | LANGUAGE N/A |

20 MINUTES TO LIFE

Directed By: Veronika Kurz

12 mins | 2018 | English | Shortwork Three | World Premiere

UMBRA

Directed By:

mins N/A | 20XX | LANGUAGE N/A |

SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS

Directed By: Collin Friesen

100 mins | 2018 | English | First Features | BC Premiere

WALDEN: LIFE IN THE WOODS

Directed By: Alex Harvey

103 mins | 2017 | English | American Indies | Canadian Premiere

A COLONY (UNE COLONIE)

Directed By: Geneviève Dulude-De Celles

101 mins | 2018 | French with English Subtitles | Discoveries | English Canadian Premiere

BIRDS WITHOUT FEATHERS

Directed By: Wendy McColm

84 | 2018 | English | American Indies | Canadian Premiere

FAMILY FIRST

Directed By: Sophie Dupuis

87 | 2018 | French with English Subtitles | Contenders | Western Canadian Premiere

THE NATURALLY WANTON PLEASURE OF SKIN (LES SALOPES)

Directed By: Renée Beaulieu

97 mins | 2018 | French with English subtitles | Canadian Vanguard | Western Canadian Premiere

CC

Directed By: Kailey Spear

14 mins | 2018 | English | Shortwork Showdown | Western Canadian Premiere

FORALDRASKAP

Directed By: Mazi Khalighi

14 mins | 2018 | | Shortwork Showdown | Western Canadian Premiere

NIGHT JOURNEY

Directed By:

mins N/A | 20XX | LANGUAGE N/A |

SNOWSTORM ROULETTE

Directed By:

mins N/A | 20XX | LANGUAGE N/A |

INTO INVISIBLE LIGHT

Directed By: Shelagh Carter

102 mins | 2018 | English | World Premieres | World Premiere

CLAIRE’S HAT

Directed By: Bruce McDonald

99 mins | 2001 | English | From The Vault | World Premiere

ACQUAINTED

Directed By: Natty Zavitz

101 mins | 2018 | English | Discoveries | World Premiere

ROOBHA

Directed By: Lenin M. Sivam

| 2018 | Tamil, English with English Subtitles | Discoveries | Western Canadian Premiere

UNTOGETHER

Directed By: Emma Forrest

98 mins | 2018 | English | American Indies | Canadian Premiere

ROMA

Directed By: Alfonso Cuarón

| 2018 | Mixteco, Spanish with English Subtitles | Contenders

SKIN IN THE GAME

Directed By: Adisa

90 mins | 2018 | English | American Indies | Canadian Premiere

HONEY BEE

Directed By: Rama Rau

90 mins | 2018 | English | Discoveries | World Premiere

EDGE OF APOLLO

Directed By: Marcus Hann

11 mins | 2018 | English | Student Shortwork | Whistler Premiere

FANTASMAGORIA

Directed By: Lilén Aimare

10 mins | 2018 | English | Student Shortwork | World Premiere

GIRL IN THE GALACTIC SUN

Directed By: Heather Perluzzo

11 mins | 2018 | English | Student Shortwork | Whistler Premiere

HOW LONG?

Directed By: Ayden Ross

6 mins | 2018 | English | Student Shortwork | World Premiere

I SEE STARS

Directed By: Caid Dow

11 mins | 2018 | English | Student Shortwork | World Premiere

I WILL KEEP YOUR LIGHT

Directed By: Chelsea Xinyi Chen

12 mins | 2018 | English | Student Shortwork | Western Canadian Premiere

THE BUS STOP

Directed By:

mins N/A | 20XX | LANGUAGE N/A |

THE CERTAINTY MACHINE

Directed By:

mins N/A | 20XX | LANGUAGE N/A |

TOUGH GUY

Directed By:

mins N/A | 20XX | LANGUAGE N/A |

ELIJAH AND THE ROCK CREATURE

Directed By: Jen Walden

82 mins | 2018 | English | First Feature | BC Premiere

MOMENTUM GENERATION (CLOSING NIGHT FILM)

Directed By: Jeff & Michael Zimbalist

103 mins | 2018 | English | Closing Gala, Mountain Culture | Canadian Premiere

THE DAY DON DIED

Directed By:

mins N/A | 20XX | LANGUAGE N/A |

The 2018 Whistler Film Festival runs from Nov 28 – Dec 02, 2018.


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