18th Annual

Whistler Film Festival

November 28, 2018 to December 02, 2018

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Borsos Competition For Best Canadian Feature
For 15 consecutive years, 126 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 2018, WFF’s 15th annual Borsos Competition will continue to celebrate these qualities by showcasing 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. A post-production prize from Encore studios will also be awarded to the Best Canadian feature.

All Canadian feature films at the Festival with Western Canadian premiere status are eligible for the Borsos Competition and its awards.

The Borsos Jury will also award Best Performance, Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Cinematography.

Past jury presidents include Sylvain Corbeil (17) Charles Officer (17), Camille Sullivan (17), Deepa Mehta (16), Tzi Ma (16), Ingrid Veninger (16), Carl Bessai (15), Jason Priestley (14), Luc Dery (13), 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).

All feature films must be 50 minutes or more in length.
World Now - International Feature Films
Festival quality films from outside Canada, 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 up to 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. Western Canadian Premieres ae preferred. A jury of three industry professionals will award the World Documentary 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 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.
Mountain Culture Competition
​In case you haven’t
noticed, Whistler is a mountain town, and lives and
breathes by its seasonal sports activities. This
program is specifically curated to please the sports
junkies that live and breathe the outdoors.

Films submitted to this category should be related to any sports, athletic journeys, adventure filmmaking or environmental impact.


The Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) is a cultural charitable organization dedicated to advancing the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of 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 industry Summits, plays a leadership role in offering project development programs for Canadian artists, and produces a series of year rounds events and programs that includes screening series and fundraising events.


Based in North America's premier mountain resort just two hours north of Vancouver, British Columbia, ‘Canada's coolest film festival’ returns November 28 to December 2, 2018, and is expected to attract over 14,000 attendees including 1,000 industry insiders. The 18th annual Whistler Film Festival combines an esteemed international film competition with a concentrated industry summit organized to address the ever-changing landscape of filmmaking in the digital age. Featuring up to 90 innovative and original films from around the world and opportunities to connect with the people who made them, the five day Festival will feature film premieres and lively celebrations, honour leading artists of our time, and present unique industry initiatives that connect filmmakers and dealmakers through our slate of talent programs and industry Summit.

WFF’s Summit directly connects to WFF’s slate of project development programs designed to provide creative and business immersion experiences for Canadian artists including the Feature Project Lab, Praxis Screenwriters Lab, Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship, Power Pitch, Doc Lab, Digital First Lab, Music Showcase, Stars to Watch. WFF also collaborates with several industry organizations by hosting specific third party initiatives at the Whistler Summit including the Women in the Director’s Chair Industry Immersion, Women in Film & Television Film Market Preparation Mentorship, and the MPPIA Short Film Award Pitch with the Motion Picture Production Industry Association and Creative BC.

In just 17 years, Whistler has become one of Canada's most important and celebrated destinations for independent film, and has established itself as a filmmakers’ festival, an essential place for the industry to meet and do business, and a desirable destination for film lovers alike. The Whistler Film Festival has been recognized as 'one of the top 30 film festivals in the world' by Variety, ‘one of seven of the best film festivals in the world’ to attend by Travel & Style, and Whistler's 'Best Arts & Cultural Event'.

To recognize the vitality of this art form, the 2018 Festival will feature seven juried competitive sections and one audience award selected from over 1,000 submissions. Up to 90 films, including about 45 features and 45 shorts from Canada and around the world, will be presented. Canadian and international filmmakers are invited to submit films of all lengths and genres: April 30th for early film submissions (discount on application); June 30th for regular submissions; and August 15th for late submissions.


Nikki Segovia (Programming Coordinator)


Thank you for submitting to the 2018 Whistler Film Festival!

ALL submissions are accepted via Submittable Online Screener, YouTube or Vimeo link only. You will be able to enter this info on the submission page.


You can contact our Programming Department if you have additional questions via Nikki Segovia, Film Programming Coordinator at 604.938.3203 or program@whistlerfilmfestival.com. *Please do not contact Nikki with questions or updates regarding your submission status or requests for waivers. WE DO NOT PROVIDE FILM FEE WAIVERS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES,


Entry fees are payable by all major credit cards via Withoutabox.

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

All submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2017.

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.

There are no submission fee refunds.

Films cannot have been publicly telecast or available on the Internet prior to December 3, 2018

Trailers are not eligible for selection purposes.


Applicants will be notified approximately on or before October 31, 2018 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 10, 2018.

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
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 Blu-Ray
Minimum two 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: Digital file (under 10 GB)

*Please note that not all WFF Screening venues can screen DCP formats. For this reason, WFF requires a BluRay backup of ALL feature films.


All shipments for exhibition to the Festival must be prepaid. If you are selected to screen at WFF17, we will cover the cost of return shipping.

The Festival will ensure 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, 2019. 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 10, 2018.

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.