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Six Canadian films compete in WFF Borsos competition

Two new categories for the film festival include Best Direction and Best Screenplay



Six Canadian films are facing offin a the Borsos competition at the Whistler Film Festival (WFF).

The award that goes to the Best Canadian Film is in its 11th year, with a $15,000 first prize. It is the second largest cash prize for a Canadian film at a festival in this country.

The WFF runs from Dec. 3 to 7.

Three of the six films will get their world premieres in Whistler: After the Ball, Mountain Men and Wolves (Les Loups). The other three are Western Canadian premieres: Bang Bang Baby, Felix and Meira (Felix et Meira) and Relative Happiness.

The award is presented in conjunction with the Directors Guild of Canada.

Saskatchewan actress Tatiana Maslany won the second Borsos award, best performance in a Borsos Film, for the last two festivals.

There are two new categories for the 2014 festival, Best Direction and Best Screenplay in a Borsos film.

SVMF nominated for award

The Squamish Valley Music Festival (SVMF) has been nominated for Best Overseas Festival at the 2014 UK Festival Awards.

This is the second year in a row that SVMF has been nominated.

Voting is open to the public until Monday, Oct. 27, with every voter having the chance to win a pair of tickets to each of the winning festivals at the awards in a "Dream Summer" contest.

Other nominees in the Overseas Festival category include Coachella (U.S.) and Tomorrowland (Belgium).

Eminem, Arcade Fire and Bruno Mars headlined SVMF, which ran from Aug 8 to 10, 2014.

Mums, bums need drums

Whistler percussionist Laura Lyster, a.k.a. The Little Drummer Girl, is offering a new class aimed at mothers and brothers with rhythm.

Mums and Bums With Drums is a fun class for learning hand drumming, percussion and rhythm in general.

Lyster teaches the basics of how to perform with instruments, including the African djembe drum. It is guaranteed to improve right-left brain coordination, which won't hurt on the slopes, she said in an email.

Final dates have not been selected for this weekly hour-long class, but it is due to run for four weeks.

It costs $50 to take part at Lyster's studio in Alpine Meadows.

For more information email lauristix@hotmail.com or call 604-905-6863.

Homebase Studio open house

Six artists are highlighted at a one-night community art show.

Squamish's Homebase Studio is holding a one-night open house on Saturday, Oct. 18, with work by Stan Matwychuck, Laurel Terlesky, Sanaz Busink, The Vacuum (Nate and Joe) and guest Lan Yao.

There will be an affordable silent auction of prints and originals from previous shows at marked down prices.

For more information visit www.homebasestudio.ca.