Whistler, British Columbia, Canada: Stellar Line-Up for the 2009 Whistler Film Festival Included Outdoor Screenings

The 9th annual Whistler Film Festival will once again play host to the creative, and progressive in local and international filmmaking. Taking place from December 3-6 the Festival presents four exciting days of film, featuring movies from around the world, plus exclusive premieres, outdoor screenings, workshops, ski races, parties, celebrities, live music and prizes.

Over 80 films will be screened during the Festival, with more than 80 per cent being screened for the first time in British Columbia and a record 33 premieres. Special events at this year's festival include a Tribute to Borsos Competition President and legendary Canadian director/producer Ivan Reitman, the Celebrity Challenge Dual Slalom Ski Race; a free Outdoor Screening which will include a showcase of ten Olympic-themed Whistler Stories followed by the musical documentary Neil Young Trunk Show.

Tickets are on sale now, for further information, call 1.877.838.FILM (3456) or visit http://www.whistlerfilmfestival.com/.

Family fun and entertainment in Whistler during the festive season The fun kicks off with the Whistler Holiday Experience, running from December 18-30, this FREE family fun zone is unparalleled for indoor entertainment. Running daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. over the holiday season at the Whistler Conference Centre, enjoy mini-golf, bouncy castles, kid's movie screenings and video games for the whole family.

Then on December 31 families can take part in Whistler's 19th annual First Night. Whistler's legendary come-one, come-all New Year's Eve celebration takes over Whistler's Village Stroll and the Whistler Conference Centre, to say goodbye to the old and to welcome the new. The event features an inspiring program of live music, storytelling, art workshops and street entertainment for people of all ages. Tickets available from December 1 at the Whistler Visitor Information Centre or online at http://www.whistlerfirstnight.com/.

NiX: Outdoor theatre performance - highlight of Cultural Olympiad in Whistler Bundle up and enter Canada's first theatre of snow and ice, constructed at Lost Lake in Whistler as The Only Animal presents NiX.

This theatrical adventure - referred to by some reviewers as Cirque du Soleil on ice - follows a few survivors and an arsonist through the fireworks at the end of the world. NiX is a frozen fantasy, complete with a flaming tuba, a snowman death scene and an explosive love story that will melt the coldest of hearts. This is theatre for winter-lovers. Audience members can ski to the site or take a handy shuttle or drive, and enjoy pre-show drinks in the exclusive ice bar.


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