Whistler Film Festival Official Line Up Announced

Whistler Film Festival Announces 2014 Film Lineup

Whistler Film Festival

The fourteenth annual Whistler Film Festival announced its official lineup for the event featuring more original films from around the world and more feature premieres than ever before.

This year, expect to be dazzled by 87 films, from 18 countries. Over 700 submissions, this year made the choice that much more difficult, and the results that much better. We've got 41 features and 46 shorts, on six screens in five theatres over the five-day festival. 

This year's lineup will include 22 world premieres, 8 Canadian premieres, 1 English Canadian premiere, 33 Western Canadian premieres, 11 British Columbian premieres and 10 Whistler Premieres.

Wow. If those numbers don't impress you, nothing will.

The sheer number of films is impressive, and to help you select which films to see, the films have been organized into 11 categories.  Paul Gratton, the WFF's director of programming says, "we believe that we are presenting more potential Oscar nominees and award winners than  ever before. We are particularly excited to be presenting the Canadian Premiere of J.C. Chandor's A MOST  VIOLENT YEAR, with Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, along with such acclaimed titles as THE IMITATION  GAME, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING and STILL ALICE, which received great acclaim at other festivals. 

"We are also excited to be presenting a number of films that have won awards previously, such as THE BACKWARD CLASS, the audience favorite at this year's Hot Docs, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, which won the audience award at TIFF's Midnight Madness, and POINT AND SHOOT, winner of the Best Doc award at the Tribeca Film Festival, and FELIX AND MEIRA, named Best Canadian Film at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. But Whistler is not just a "festival of festivals" for local audiences. We are fast positioning ourselves as a sort of Canadian Sundance festival, with over 11 world premieres and 22 Canadian feature films in the mix. Unveiling quality Canadian films to the world is a mission that Whistler takes great pride in, and Canadian filmmakers from across the country have responded by offering us many world premiere selections, which attests to our growing importance as a major stop on the Canadian film festival circuit."

The 2014 Whistler Film Festival Lineup:

Here, then, is the extensive list of movies which will premiere at the 14th annual Whistler Film Festival. The festival runs from December 3 - December 6 and takes place around Whistler Village at various locations. For more information, please see the Whistler Film Festival website.

World Premieres:

AFTER FILM SCHOOL (Canada) Dir. Joel Ashton McCarthy
AFTER THE BALL (Canada) Dir. Sean Garrity
BAD CITY (Canada) Dir. Carl Bessai
ELSEWHERE NY (Canada) Dir. Jeffrey P. Nesker
THE COCKSURE LADS MOVIE (Canada) Dir. Murray Foster
MOUNTAIN MEN (Canada) Dir. Cameron Labine
PRETEND WE'RE KISSING (Canada) Dir. Matt Sadowski
SNOWMAN (Canada) Dir. Mike Douglas
STAY AWHILE (Canada) Dir. Jessica Edwards
WHAT AN IDIOT (Canada) Dir. Peter Benson
WOLVES (LES LOUPS) (Canada) Dir. Sophie Deraspe

North American Premieres:

DEADLY VIRTUES (Netherlands) Dir. Ate de Jong

Canadian Premieres:

A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES (Sweden) Dir. Wiktor Ericsson
A MOST VIOLENT YEAR (USA) Dir. J.C. Chandor
NORTHERN BORDERS (USA) Dir. Jay Craven
THAT GUY DICK MILLER (USA) Dir. Elijah Drenner

Western Canadian Premieres:

'71 (United Kingdom) Dir. Yann Demange
THE BACKWARD CLASS (Canada) Dir. Madeleine Grant
BANG BANG BABY (Canada) Dir. Jeffrey St Jules
BIG MUDDY (Canada) Dir. Jefferson Moneo
DUKE OF BURGUNDY (United Kingdom) Dir. Peter Strickland
FELIX AND MEIRA (Canada) Dir. Maxime Giroux
THE IMITATION GAME (United Kingdom) Dir. Morten Tyldum
I PUT A HIT ON YOU (Canada) Dir. Dane Clark, Linsey Stewart
IN HER PLACE (Canada/South Korea) Dir. Albert Shin
KILL ME THREE TIMES (Australia) Dir. Kriv Stenders
PETER SELLERS TRILOGY (United Kingdom) Dir. James Hill, Leslie Arliss
THE NEW GIRLFRIEND (France) Dir. François Ozon
THE OUTLAW LEAGUE (Canada) Dir. Jean Beaudry
RELATIVE HAPPINESS (Canada) Dir. Deanne Foley
STILL ALICE (USA) Dir. Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
WE WERE WOLVES (Canada) Dir. Jordan Canning
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (New Zealand) Dir. Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi

British Columbia Premieres:

ELSA & FRED (USA) Dir. Michael Radford
GEMMA BOVERY (France) Dir. Anne Fontaine
MERCHANTS OF DOUBT (USA) Dir. Robert Kenner
ALLY WAS SCREAMING (Canada) Dir. Jeremy Thomas

Whistler Premieres:

SONG OF THE SEA (Ireland) Dir. Tomm Moore
THE HOMESMAN (USA) Dir. Tommy Lee Jones
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (United Kingdom) Dir. James Marsh

Posted: Saturday, November 15, 2014

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