After an exhausting day on the slopes, the only dark venues with obvious appeal are a bar or a bedroom. Yet this industry-focused film festival has been expanding since its launch in 2002: This year Whistler Film Festival will feature 92 films, including outdoor movies in the snow. Guests include Donald Sutherland, who will head the jury, as well as Canadian filmmakers Patricia Rozema (I've Heard The Mermaids Singing) and Sturla Gunnarson.
The opening film is Michael McGowan's One Week and the closing title is Bruce McDonald's Pontypool.
The snow hits the celluloid at a celebrity ski challenge on Dec. 6. But don't look for Rozema on the slopes; she says her specialty is luge.
Dec. 4-7; packages including two nights' accommodation and two festival passes are $119 to $420, double occupancy. Filmmaker Forum packages are also available. For more information, visit http://www.whistlerfilmfestival.com.
Excerpt from "Cinema in Paradise" by Denis Seguin. Read full article at: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20081119.wfests19/BNStory/specialTravel/home