Whistler reveals 2017 lineup

Twenty films will compete for the Borsos prize, including Pat Kiely's Someone Else's Wedding.
Someone Else's Wedding

The Whistler Film Festival has unveiled its 2017 lineup, with 10 Canadian films making their world premiere at the B.C. fest. Of this year’s 46 features, 67%  are Canadian.

World premieres include Ben Hoskyn’s Canada/China copro 8 Minutes Ahead, Jackie English’s debut Becoming Burlesque, Gail Harvey’s crime thriller Never Saw It Coming, Sarah Rotella’s Nobody Famous, Robert Wenzek’s The Prodigal Dad, Michelle Ouellet’s Prodigals, Pat Kiely’s ensemble comedy Someone Else’s Wedding (pictured) and WFF alum Marshall Axani’s The Cannon, all of which are competing in the $15,000 Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature.

All told, 20 films will compete for the Borsos prize. Competing films making their Canadian premieres at the fest are Hannah Cheesman and Mackenize Donaldson’s coming-of-age drama The Definites, Daniel DiMarco’s Juggernaut and Bryan Michael Stoller’s family friendly holiday flick Santa Stole Our Dog: A Merry Doggone Christmas. 

The competition will also feature Carlos and Jason Sanchez’s debut A Worthy Companion, Ian Lagarde’s All You Can Eat Buddha, Grayson Moore and Aidan Shipley’s indie drama Cardinals, the Vladimir de Fontenay-directed Canada/France copro Mobile Homes, Leo Scherman’s WWI thriller Trench 11, Eisha Marjara’s Venus, and Whistler vet Ingrid Veninger’s latest, Porcupine Lake. 

This year’s Borsos jury is composed of It’s Only the End of the World producer Sylvain Corbeil, actress Camille Sullivan and celebrated Canadian director Charles Officer, whose latest film Unarmed Verses won best Canadian feature doc at Hot Docs.

Other Canadian films bowing at the fest include the closing night film from Darcy Hennessey Turenne, The Moment, and Julian Papas’ look at the making of Veninger’s Porcupine Lake, The Other Side of Porcupine Lake.

Billed as “Canada’s Coolest Film Fest,” Whistler will also screen a number of Canadian features that have been travelling the festival circuit this year. Mike Van Diem’s Netherlands/Italy/Canada copro Tulipani: Love, Honour and a Bicycle will screen alongside Alan Zweig’s latest There is a House Here and Canada’s Foreign Language Oscar pickHochelaga: Land of Souls, from Francois Girard. 

The festival will open with the Western Canadian premiere of Joe Wright’s WWII drama Darkest Hour, one of several sure-to-be-Oscar-contenders heading to the fest. Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya will also have its Western Canadian premiere in Whistler, alongside James Franco’s The Disaster Artist. 

Whistler will also feature a number of American indies including The Ballad of Lefty Brown; The Lears, from longtime Whistler supporter Carl Bessai; Camile Thoman’s Sam Shepard-starring Never Here and Jordan Horowitz’s Painless, starring Canadian actor Joey Klein.