WFF Wraps Up A Successful 16th Year

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The Whistler Film Festival wrapped up it's 16th year last Sunday December 4. Another year of watching amazing cinema and mingling with industry professionals has come to an end. But this year already has us buzzing for 2017! There was so many inspiring films and talented people in Whistler last weekend and we would like to thank and congratulate all of the filmmakers, actors, production staff, and audience members who came out and supported Canadian cinema. You guys are the ones who continue to make the Whistler Film Festival so cool. 

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This year the Borsos competition included 19 eligible Canadian films, with Best Performance going to Kawennahere Devery Jacobs who played the lead role in The Sun at Midnight. Jacobs portrays a 16-year-old girl from the city who is sent to live with her grandmother in a small town community. The jury of judges were very impressed with her performance and remarked on her ability to convey vast emotions with just her eyes.

However, the big winner this year was Before the Streets, which won the Borsos Award for Best Canadian Feature and a cash prize of $15,000. The director, Chloe Leriche, also got awarded Best Borsos Director for the film. Before the Streets is Leriche's first feature film and the first ever to be shot in the Atikamekw language. It follows a young man First Nations man who sends himself into exile after a burglary gone wrong.

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Other winners at WFF this year include:

Best Screenplay - The Cyclotron

Best Cinematography - The Cyclotron

Best Mountain Culture Film - The Will to Fly

Best Female-Directed Documentary Award - Sled Dogs

World Documentary Award - Sled Dogs and The Will to Fly

Canadian Shortwork Award - Mutants

International Shortwork Award - Timecord

Student Shortwork Award - Bombing

MPPIA Short Film Award - Good Girls Don't

 

Miss all the action this year?  Don't worry there was plenty of photos taken this year and we posted some of our favourites below. Scroll down to check them out!

Photo Credit: Mike Crane

A night of music with //Amistad// WFF Music Showcase - #wff16

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Luke Davies, director of @Lionmov gives one entertaining interview at the @whisfilmfest #wff16

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Alan Thicke and Jim Gordon talking about Alan's extensive and impressive resume! Alan received WFF's Canadian Icon Award. #wff16

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Thank you @whisfilmfest it's been a pleasure! Until next year ✌🏼️

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Posted: Thursday, December 08, 2016

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