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28-Feb-2015 11:17am PDT  


Whistler Film Festival

14 Annual December 03, 2014 to December 07, 2014

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Whistler BC V0N 1B4
Phone: 604-935-8035

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Borsos Competition For Best Canadian Feature
For ten consecutive years, 70 entries in the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature have exuded the creative fire and artistry embodied by legendary Canadian filmmaker Philip Borsos, best known for his inspiring work on the Genie Award-winning films The Grey Fox (82), and Bethune: The Making of a Hero (90).

For 2014, WFF’s 11th annual Borsos Competition will continue to celebrate these qualities by showcasing up to eight new Canadian feature films that display independent vision, original directorial style and the diversity of talent found in Canadian independent film. An international jury of three will award the $15,000 CDN prize, the second largest cash prize for a Canadian feature in the country after TIFF.

An international jury of three will award a $15,000 CDN prize presented by the Directors Guild of Canada – British Columbia. Past jury presidents include Martin Katz (12), Jacob Tierney (11), Bruce Greenwood (10), Ivan Reitman (09), Donald Sutherland (08), Atom Egoyan (07), Norman Jewison (06), Robert Lantos (05) and Peter O'Brian (04).

The Borsos Jury will also award Best Performance, Best Screenplay and Best Director in a Borsos Film
American Indies Feature Film
Edgy, original, independent American movies, not financed or commissioned by American major studios, with or without classics, indie or boutique distributors attached. Preference given to Canadian or Western Canadian premieres.
World Now - International Feature Films
Festival quality films from outside North America, with or without North American distribution secured. Canadian Premieres preferred.
World Documentary Competition
From the personal to the political, WFF’s World Documentary Competition showcases eight documentary feature films from around the world. With courageous viewpoints and a deep-rooted desire to explore, these films capture the human spirit in its many guises and often challenge us to look at our world from a new perspective. All films are Western Canadian Premieres. A jury of three industry professionals will award the World Documentary Award.
Mountain Culture Competition
As a reflection of the Festival's unique setting, WFF's Mountain Culture Competition features four films from around the world that capture mountain places and experiences with a cinematic flourish. A jury of three industry professionals will award the Mountain Culture Award.
Canadian ShortWork Competition
WFF's ShortWork Competition showcases a selection of up to 50 short films within five short film programs. Presented with verve and limited only by their duration, these short films display the extraordinary talent, dynamism and creative exploration found in the work of some of the world's most promising filmmakers. A jury of three will award the International ShortWork Award as well as $1,000 CDN prize to the top Canadian ShortWork entry.
BC Student ShortWork Competition
WFF’s Student ShortWork Competition includes seven short films produced by post-secondary students in British Columbia. The ShortWork Competition jury will award a $500 CDN prize to the top Student ShortWork entry.
International ShortWork Competition
WFF's ShortWork Competition showcases a selection of up to 50 short films within four short film programs. Presented with verve and limited only by their duration, these short films display the extraordinary talent, dynamism and creative exploration found in the work of some of the world's most promising filmmakers. A jury of three will award the International ShortWork Award.

The Whistler Film Festival Society is dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, the industry and audiences in Whistler. WFFS produces one of Canada's leading film festivals, and plays a leadership role in offering professional development programs and opportunities for filmmakers.

Held over the first weekend of December, the Whistler Film Festival has become one of Canada's leading film festivals and is an emerging force on the international circuit. Presenting 90+ films and hosting filmmaking luminaries for an intimate program of screenings, seminars, tributes and special events, this celebrated event is made up of key industry players with an audience of over 8,500 including 500+ industry insiders who attend our three day Summit.

Cinematic excellence is at the heart of the Whistler Film Festival. To recognize the vitality of this art form, the 2014 Whistler Film Festival features six juried competitive sections and one Audience Award. The Festival culminates with the Awards Brunch on December 7th. Comprised of individuals from the worldwide film community with original and diverse points of view, the Festival’s competition juries will select films from the dramatic, documentary and short form categories to receive the following designated awards.

Launched in 2012, our China Canada Gateway For Film ® Script Competition gives filmmakers the chance work with China's largest production companies with funding of up to $5 million for their production. For more information regarding this program please visit:

Our Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature presented by the Directors Guild of Canada - British Columbia is the 2nd largest cash prize in Canada at $15,000.

Thank you for submitting to the 2014 Whistler Film Festival!

The 14th annual Whistler Film Festival happens December 3-7, 2014.

We have extended our submissions to Sept 19, 2014.

ShortWork Competition submissions are accepted via Submittable Online Screener, YouTube or Vimeo link only. You will be able to enter this info during the submission page. Select OTHER FILE as your screener type during check out and send your VIMEO link to with your screener link, tracking number and file title.


Whistler Film Festival Society
213-1200 Alpha Lake Road
Whistler, BC V0N 1B1

You can contact our Programming Department at anytime via Ellie Irwin, Programming Coordinator at 604.938.3203 or


Submissions that arrive two weeks past the final Extended Deadline of September 15.

Entry fees are payable by all major credit cards via Withoutabox. If you need to make other arrangements, please contact our Programming office.

The Whistler Film Festival accepts submissions of films of all lengths, subject matters and countries of origin.

Feature films submitted for the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature or World Documentary competition must be Western Canadian premieres.

All submissions must have been completed after August 1, 2013.

Non-English language films must be presented in English-subtitled versions.

Works in Progress are eligible for submission. Please be aware programmers only view the first version of a submitted film and will not accept a revised cut version of the film later in the submission process.

Documentary films are not eligible for the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature Film.

Entries previously submitted to the Whistler Film Festival will not be considered unless altered significantly.

There are no submission fee refunds.

Films cannot have been publicly telecast or available on the Internet prior to December 7, 2014

Trailers are not eligible for selection purposes.

Submissions will only be accepted through Withoutabox.


Applicants will be notified by October 31, 2014 of their final entry status via email to the Withoutabox contact.

Due to time constraints the Selection Committee will not be able to respond individually to filmmakers if your film is not accepted.

The Whistler Film Festival’s Director of Programming and Selection Committees review all film submissions.

Decisions made by the Whistler Film Festival are final.

The date(s), time(s) and location(s) of exhibitions of the films shall be at the discretion of the Festival.

No film, once programmed, can be withdrawn.

All exhibition copies of accepted films must arrive at the Festival by November 15, 2014.

Each official selection will be required to provide a press kit upon acceptance containing the following:

A medium synopsis and one line synopsis
3-5 high resolution stills of 1MB in size each minimum
Photo captions with credits, listing all actors appearing in photos
Director Photo (also 1MB) and Bio
A full cast and crew list
Publicity contact if applicable
Premiere Status
Key Awards if applicable
A list of talent attending WFF with contact details
Canadian distributor and theatrical release date if applicable
Coverage restrictions
Secure online screener link and DVD
Five copies of your poster for venue display
Print traffic information


Whistler Film Festival will accept ONLY the following screening exhibition formats:
Features: DCP (at our discretion), BluRay, HDCam
Shorts: BluRay, Digital file (under 5gigs), HDCam


All shipments for preview or exhibition to the Festival must be prepaid. If you are selected to screen at WFF14, we will cover the cost of return shipping.

Preview DVDs must be labeled with title, production company, address and telephone number, director’s name and length in minutes.

Please indicate if the submission is a rough cut or a work-in-progress

Please do not consign shipment to a freight forwarder.

If your film is not in consideration on Submittable within two weeks of shipment via courier or three weeks via regular postal service, we may have not received your film. Please contact the Programming Dept if this is the case.

The Festival will insure the integrity of the prints from the time of delivery to the Festival from the time that the print is delivered to a shipping agent for return. In the event of loss or damage to a print, the Festival must be notified of such loss or damage in writing by January 15, 2014. The Festival’s obligation is limited to compensating the producer or distributor only to the cost of replacing the damaged print. The Whistler Film Festival does not assume liability for damage to prints due to improper shipping containers or otherwise.


The Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) endeavours to take all reasonable anti-piracy precautions for copyrighted materials in our possession. By submitting to the WFFS, you release the Society from all risk and liability in the event of theft or breach of copyright of your materials while on Festival premises.


Upon selection, the entrant grants the Whistler Film Festival the right to utilize publicity materials related to the production (i.e. press kits, posters, stills, preview tapes, etc.) for promotional purposes in all mediums, including broadcast, print and Internet. All publicity materials for invited films (press kits, stills, posters, video clips) must arrive at the Festival at the sender's expense by October 17, 2014. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Whistler Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. The film has been submitted for consideration with the knowledge and consent of the Producer(s) listed in this form. Participation in the Whistler Film Festival implies an understanding and acceptance of these regulations. The Festival reserves the right to rule on cases not foreseen by these regulations.