I’m at the Whistler Film Festival again this year and though I’m linked to two films in the festival (my dog Momo is in the Rob Leickner’s Lost Lagoon and a short I’m producing, Mermaid in a Jar, has been shortl-isted for MMPIA short film award), I will be covering the festival for Miss604.com.
This year there will be over 70 films from around the world being screened and a lot of tributes and awards (way more than in previous) honouring various people in the industry including Michael Shannon, Patton Oswalt, and Jay Baruchel.
There are also a lot of money being handed out – up to $50,000 in cash prizes! There is $15,000 for the Borsos Award for Best Canadian Feature; $10,000 for the New Voices; and various others including the MPPIA short film award ($15,000 cash prize plus $100,000 in services).
And of course the films. I’m going to try to see Foreverland, Monsieur Laxhar, Café de Flore, Doppleganger Paul, and of course Lost Lagoon (Go Momo!).
But because there are so many films, so many parties, and so many outdoor-related activities to distract you, you always have to go with the flow at WFF and see what happens. Stay tuned as I report back after this weekend.
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