Whistler Film Fest unveils plans for ShortWork Lab

Whistler Film Festival

Organizers of the Whistler Film Festival are beginning to unveil its industry programming,with the one-day ShortWork Lab focused on all aspects of narrative short-form storytelling.

In addition to discussions and panels, the Dec. 1 workshop will include the 6th-annual Motion Picture Production Industry Association of British Columbia (MPPIA) Short Film Award Pitch.

The pitch sees a shortlist of five participants (whose names will be announced Nov. 6 in Vancouver) attempt to win over a jury of three industry professionals and an industry peer audience. The winning pitch, which is revealed Dec. 2, receiving a $15,000 cash award plus services ‘in- kind’ valued up to $100,000 from across the local industry, plus a world premiere at the 2013 festival.

Filmmakers and industry experts who are scheduled to take part in the lab include Oscar nominated filmmaker Wendy Tilby (The Wild Life and When the Day Breaks); two producers of this year’s WFF Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature Film, Avi Federgreen (Still) and Peter Harvey (Picture Day); Nancy Collet, the director of programming at the ShortList Film Festival; producer Oliver Linsley, who founded Doghouse Films (Doppleganger Paul); producer Chris Ferguson (Ends of the Earth); filmmaker Sean Cisterna (Moon Point); and filmmaker Charles Wilkinson (Peace Out).

The festival runs from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2.