5 days. 84 films. Special guests from 14 countries. And a flurry of events only Whistler can deliver. The Whistler Film Festival is back in town. Prepare to be inspired.

The 13th annual Whistler Film Festival will take place December 4 to 8, 2013. The Festival will present a selection of fresh and innovative films from Canada and around the world, and will award over $30,000 in prizes and commissions to those who illuminate cinematic excellence.

2013 Whistler Film Festival

The five-day extravaganza also features lively festive celebrations, tributes to distinguished talent, unique industry initiatives, and the annual Celebrity Challenge ski race. Wondering who might be on the slopes and around town? Vancouver born actor, director and Beverly Hills 90210 babe, Jason Priestly and Richard Dreyfuss, a legend in the film and TV industry, will be out and about in Whistler.

The festival kicks off with Jason Priestley’s feature directorial debut Cas & Dylan, a darkly comic road-movie follows what happens when a dying doctor (Richard Dreyfuss) winds up on the run with a 22-year-old girl (Tatiana Maslany).

Other selections include:

• Michelle Ouellette’s Afterparty, starring West Coast talent Ali Liebert, Emma Lahana, and Jodi Balfour in a drama about a reunion of high school friends at a post–wedding reception party

• Barry Avrich’s documentary, Filthy Gorgeous: The Extraordinary World of Bob Guccione, about the founder of Penthouse and producer of Caligula

• the Vancouver-shot Chinese romcom blockbuster Finding Mr. Right, about a woman who travels to Seattle to give birth to her married sugar daddy but runs into a string of problems

The Festival has been so well received over the years, and it’s no surprise that the Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) plans take over the Rainbow Theatre and make it the permanent home of the Festival. The theatre – in need of some serious updating – will undergo desperately needed upgrades. The plan for a $2.7-million renovation to create a spiffy, world-class theatre operated by the WFFS – a grand entrance, revamped lobby, new washrooms – has been scaled back to about half that amount. But the renovation will make the theatre a great place to show a movie, and that is exactly what the WFFS is looking for. Work will begin after this year’s festival wraps up on December 8, and is scheduled to be completed in March 2014.

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