For those of you itching the get on the slopes but also want to be a classy, cultured person get ready for the Whistler Film Festival! Held every year in Whistler, British Columbia, this film festivals is starting to become vastly popular for its international film line up and its gorgeous location. Whistler is located just outside Vancouver and is home to two meccas of the skiing world: Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain which are constantly rated number one in North America. But hey if you’re not into the white, fluffy, cold stuff, it’s still nice to get away into the mountains for a weekend (and maybe hit up the spa!)
On the official Whistler Film Festival website, the Whistler Film Festival Society lays out their mission:
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.
This festival will showcase not only Canada’s best new filmmakers, but previously unnoticed talent from around the world. Get excited because here’s our top picks!
1. Cas & Dylan -Dramedy
This Canadian comedic drama focuses on a dying doctor whose life crosses paths with a very unusual girl. This film is actor-turned-director Jason Preistly’s first feature length film and has the honor of being the opening gala film for its Western Canadian Premiere. It received an 8.4 on IMDb.
2. Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story – Documentary
Also hailing from Canada, this film depicts the life and empire of Bob Guccione the founder of Penthouse magazine. It received an 8.8 on IMDb.
3. The Crash Reel – Documentary
This cinema verite, visually stunning documentary follows the life on Kevin Pearce, professional US snowboarder. In 2009 while competing in the Olympics, Kevin suffered a snowboarding accident that gave him permanent brain damage. But his love for the sport and support from his family allowed him to return despite the risk that one accident can kill him. The Crash Reel has been accepted to 8 film festivals around the world and is the closing film for the Whistler Film Festival. It also earned a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.